The fabrics were purchased for a quilt top (the pattern is somewhere safe!) and I really need to start using up all the lovely fabric in my stash instead of 'saving it for something special' - because everything we sew is special, right?
It took me quite some time to get my head around purchasing fabric in the $15-$20/m range, cutting it up into small pieces to then sew it up again into something larger (although it does sound like dressmaking doesn't it!!), but I persevered and overcame, and I do like making small quilted items. I really like the precision aspect - using my 1/4" foot on my machine, straight stitching only, lots of pressing and trimming, it satisfies the OCD streak in me! I made 6 place-mats, two in each design using the dimensions that Svetlana mentioned in her tutorial. And I love them! I kept the quilting simple - 2" (approximately!!!) squares with a hand-stitched border. I did try a machined border but I wasn't too keen on the look.
I backed the place-mats with rectangles cut from some Ikea pillow cases. I use Ikea duvet covers and the cheap duvets as dog beds, but have a surplus of pillow cases!
And guess what? Svetlana has added another post with more place-mats . . . oh well, I wanted some in Christmas fabric as well, the temptress!!!