Good things need protecting, and what a nice match for this fabric-loving woman who likes to adorn anything with a quilt. Now, you can’t put a quilt on a table — that would be crazy — too much possibility for staining, what with the work involved. But you can quilt yourself up some easy placemats and bring a little coziness to every meal.
I found a very easy template at whipstitch online — simple to follow and so fun to broaden our options and make these gals reversible. Really, though, if you’ve cut and sewed before, you barely need a tutorial. You need 1 and 1/2 yards of 2 fabrics, and it’s basically two rectangles of contrasting/coordinating fabric (13 X 18 inches), a layer of batting in between, and and some thread…and there you have the fixins for 6 placemats, aka mini-quilts. I’m loving them so so much: the added warmth they bring to the table, the way they compliment my still-new-and-beloved table runner, the thickness that assuages my fears of creating [more] rings, the way the colors play off the dishes and bring out the grey on the walls. And also, the way that Orlis already says, “where’s my placemat?” That-a-boy — table setting is your job, my friend.