Recently, my nephew got married and I had no idea what to do for a wedding gift. He had been living with his partner (now wife) for several years so they really didn’t need more gifts.
I finally came up with the idea of place mats, because that you can always use extras or switch them around for a different look.
These are from a pattern called Take Four, probably because it uses four different fabrics and makes four different place mats. I made eight altogether so there are two of each pattern.
For the back of the place mats I used a solid piece of each of the fabrics used on the front, so the place mats are reversible. If you spill something on one side, you can quickly flip it over to use the other side.
It’s not a difficult pattern, but you have to pay attention to the different colour sequences so you will end up with the intended look.
It was a fun project and I thought of the newlyweds a lot as I sewed.
I hope they will always have enough food to serve on these place mats.
In mid-October I took a step back – a retreat from the usual day-to-day living – to a beautiful location on Quadra Island, a short ferry ride from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The occasion was the semi-annual quilting retreat for the local quilting guild.
Four days of sewing and camaraderie, in which we had no cooking or cleaning to do. Just sew and go for a walk now and then between rain showers.
The buildings are old, but the natural scenery is older and for the most part, unchanged. It was a very quiet and beautiful spot.
The quilters each bring their sewing machines and fabrics, and all their tools and supplies needed to complete their planned projects. I had several unfinished projects, and by the end of the four days, I felt I had accomplished a lot.
One of the things I did was to take the ill-fitting squares I had made a couple of years ago and try to use them in some other way. The quilt I had intended them for was not working out but I had already done so much work on the tiny red and white squares, and on the appliqued birds and flowers.
I decided on place mats and pieced them together in whatever way the squares would fit, patching places that were odd sizes.
The result was four place mats and one table center, good enough for my own table for everyday meals.
It felt good to use up the unfinished project pieces and I was happy with the results. Now all they need is a meal to be served on them.