I had previously made myself a set of 4 placemats using this tutorial by Alissa. I wanted another quick stash busting project on Sunday afternoon, and I decided to use her tutorial as a starting point, but I modified it a bit.
The biggest change is that I switched the side for the vertical inserts. I really love the woven look this pattern creates, and using the tight basket weave print for the background felt like a fun fabric choice. The pattern is really just a slice and insert pattern, so I opted to only insert one thin stripe at the end instead of two. I also had to trim these down a bit more than Alissa’s pattern calls for. A girl only has so much scrap batting around…
I think the plain back is also pretty lovely in its own way.
I straight line stitched the placemats in a very fine, matchstick kind of grid using an off-white Aurifil thread I got when I attended SewDown Portland. I am very confused by my sewing machine. She has been changing her mind a lot about the type of thread she wants me to use. Maybe I can use Aurifil after all… Regardless, the quilting really blends in and you have to look pretty closely to see it at all.
Overall, these were a quick and fun project that should dress up a table setting and were a great way to use up more of my fabric stash. 🙂