My quilt guilds often make placemats to donate to the Meals On Wheels program which delivers freshly made meals to folks in their homes that may need that extra bit of help. I think it is a wonderful program and just think how happy those folks are to see the smiling face of the volunteer delivering that meal especially now when everyone is so isolated. And also the happiness of a bright and cheerful placemat to line their tray and add that personal touch that says someone is thinking of me. Sometimes these placemats are holiday themed and other times they are just a fun collection of fabrics meant to add some brightness to the day.
Here is a version I like to make as it is quick and pretty! It also helps me use a bit of my scrap pile. Actually, it doesn't even put a dent in it but it gives me joy to think it does as well as to make them. 😂
Need to gather our materials. You will need some 2" strips of fabric in various colors. You can use variable widths but we'll save those for another project I will show you. I used batting scraps leftover from quilts, the trim offs after they are quilted. Also some backing fabric. Keep in mind that in quilt as you go (QAYG) your bobbin thread will show on the back so make sure it works with your backing fabric.
(1) fabric backing piece cut 14 1/2" x 19 1/2"
(1) batting piece 14 1/2" x 19 1/2"
(5) or (6) strips of fabric 2" x WOF or enough pieces to make the equivalent
(2) strips 2" or 2 1/4" wide x WOF for the binding
(1) 6" x 6" focus block for the center
Smooth out your batting piece and find the center. Draw a vertical and a horizontal line though this point with a marking pen. I used a blue water soluble pen but a Frixion would work fine as we won't need the lines after the center is placed. Place your backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface. Center the batting piece with the lines facing up on it.