In a week, my husband and I will be happily hosting his parents and sister for the weekend. As we were sitting down to dinner together a few nights ago, I realized that we have used our set of 4 quilted placemats for pretty much every meal in our home since I made them years ago… and that we would be one placemat short during the visit. I talked it over with my husband, “Is it time to make a new set and let these go?” and he was very much in favor of just adding one more new placemat to the mix. He suggested something a bit different that would work with the existing placemat set, but would be fun to share around as the “special” setting over the course of the weekend. I let that idea simmer for a few days, and I liked his general idea, but I wasn’t sure if I would have something that would work.
I set the block a little killy-wonkers and used straight line quilting to accentuate the angles created by the wonky placement and block piecing.
And here is what the full set of 5 placemats look like together as a group. I love how it came together like it was meant to be! Hanging on to extra quilt blocks and pieces can really come in handy from time to time. 🙂
The backing of the placemat is even pretty interesting as an option with the teal fabric and angular quilting grid that is created.
I quilted the placemat using 28wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove) on the top and in the bobbin, and I found that I did not need to make any tension settings on my Juki.
All in all, the project came together in a little over an hour, and I feel more prepared to enjoy some delicious home cooked meals and spend quality family time visiting around the table (always a focal point for our family gatherings).