When I ordered the fabric for the bird quilt, I had originally selected a different yellow bird print. When it arrived, I realized that it was a medium weight cotton and not a quilting cotton. Oops. While I was working on the bird quilt I was pondering what to do with the fabric I had on hand, and I decided that it would be a nice backing for a set of placemats, and since I seem to make a lot of quilted placemats, why not make a few more? 🙂
In the name of frugality and using up what I had on hand, I also bound the placemats in the heavier weight fabric, which was a bit of a challenge. Thicker fabric meant that getting the binding turned around the edge was a bit bulkier, but I think they turned out well enough.
I thought that this striped print with gray, yellow, light blue, and white coodinated pretty well, and I had these made in 2 hours.
As you might be able to tell in the photos, the placemats have already gone through their first wash and have finished at 12-inches tall by 18-inches wide.
I quilted the placemats with 50wt Aurifil 2021. The quilting went really fast because I just loaded the fabric whole cloth onto my long arm and I trimmed the placemats out after quilting.
Have you ever accidentally purchased a heavier weight fabric? What did you do with it?