I was contacted in early December by a friend wondering if I had time to make a set of 4 placemats for her by Christmas. And since she needed to ship the placemats, that really meant they needed to get done in a week and a half. Fortunately, I had no Christmas crafting / sewing plans of my own, so I was happy to sneak in this quick project for her. She really loves the Tessellated Leaves quilt that I have been working on, and it was thankfully a pattern that works well in a placemat size. I like rectangular placemats to finish around 12.5-inches tall by 18.5-inches wide, and that means a block and a half of the Tessellated Leaf pattern is just right.
My friend and I met at a local fabric store where she picked out some batik fabrics that really spoke to her and that she thought her mother (the intended gift recipient) would like. I quickly pieced together the placemat tops and quilted them with an all over meandering leaf pattern. I used my domestic sewing machine (Olive) to to this free motion quilting. With the needle set all the way to the left, it worked well and I am happy to report that Olive did not drop any stitches. Yay!
Before attaching the binding, I pinned it on to evaluate how it would work and sent my friend several photos to make sure she was happy with this final fabric choice.
Deciding to move forward with the binding, I was able to finish up the placemats and deliver them to my friend on December 12th, leaving her plenty of time to get them wrapped and shipped to her mother for Christmas!
My friend sent me a quick note to let me know how much her mother appreciated this handmade gift: “My mom kept raving about the placemats you made her for Christmas! She said they were the BEST gift of all and was extremely impressed with the high quality of your work.” 🙂