Saturday, 28 April 2012

Musical Olives Place Setting Mat

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:


  1. What a neat super sized placemat, I should probably make ours that big! Love the way you did the D9P and your sharp stippling looks great! Thanks for linking up!
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

  2. Outstanding! Love the oversize placemat. What a great idea. D9P is such a fun technique - I especially love how you rearranged everything. Super results. Nice quilting.
    [I'm visiting from Connie's Linky Party]