This is an extra large place-mat made by request. Its final size is 23.5" by 17.5". The idea behind this project is to cover not just the area around the plate, but the entire place setting, where crumbs and drips are likely to land. I used a combination of Olive Grove fabric from Moda (passed on to me by Alli during the fugly fabric party!) and a Timeless Treasures sheet music print.
I decided to go with the 'disappearing nine patch' technique that I had been wanting to try. It was fun to put a quilt together this way because it changed completely at every step of construction.
I started with striped blocks
which became checker blocks
and got cut into little bordered blocks
then reorganized into something more fun
I had an annoyingly hard time quilting this because the filaments of my thread were coming apart all over the place. It turned out that the bad quality was due to my roll of thread being the end piece of a giant factory spool. Surely the people at Gutermann could afford to throw away a few hundred feet of thread instead of tying a big ol' knot to jam up a customer's sewing machine? Not impressed.
On the bright side, my stitching is looking really good! I used the sharp stippling design that I leaned this week. It shows up nice and clearly on the dark backing.
The finished place-mat is bright, fun, and kitcheny thanks to the olive fabric: