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Here at CT, each catalog cycle, the lucky staff get to preview the new books that will be available on the CT website. Recently, I perused Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury...

and found the perfect place mats for my kitchen table! I needed place mats for a round table that would go with my plain white dishes. I thought the Woven Place Mats in the photo below, designed by Felicity Ronaghan, were clever because they can be a table topper pushed together in the center and then place mats when pulled apart!.

In today's blog on Notions, I go step-by-step with text and photos showing you how I made my version in neutral fabrics. The blog content is too large to post on QWU, so please click here to read the full posting. The weaving was fun!


In the blog, I also share all that I learned about quilting with a decorative stitch - from a stressful beginning, which sent my Bernina to the hospital, to the successful outcome using a decorative feather stitch.


I love how the place mats make a table topper together...


and individual place mats when pulled apart.


I must say I enjoyed making these Woven Place Mats from Make It, Take It and we use them every day. My generally supportive but noncommittal husband is so enthusiastic about these place mats. He said it is his favorite quilting project I have ever made - and I have been quilting 25+ years! He thinks they are a great idea, useful, and "really cool" - and offered me permission to quote him in my blog!

If you decide to make the Woven Place Mats, I would love to see them! You can post pictures on:http://www.facebook.com/connectingthreads, or on Instagram by tagging us in your post. To tag us, either write @connectingthreads or #connectingthreads. Look forward to seeing yours!


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Comment by Roxann on May 30, 2015 at 9:11am

Really neat! 

Comment by Ann Johnson on May 29, 2015 at 9:09am

NC - The strips have raw edges. The feather stitch covers them quite well but I haven't washed them yet to see how they hold up. I plan to spot clean as much as possible then wash on gentle cycle and dry flat when needed. Time will tell...

Lea - After weaving the strips are fused to something... the pattern calls for woven fusible interfacing but I used fusible fleece. Then I basted around the edge to hold it all together. The combination held it securely for machine quilting.

Thanks for  your comments and questions!

Comment by NC from PA on May 29, 2015 at 8:42am

Are the strips hemmed/finished before weaving? Or does the decorative stitching cover up and finish the placemats so they won't ravel? Thanks for a great project.

Comment by lea on May 28, 2015 at 3:57am

Love the placemat tks for sharing.  Makes for great gifts. Did you use any stabilizer?

Comment by Cora Hawkins on May 27, 2015 at 8:22pm

Nice Ann, provide us with another challenge!

Comment by Joanna liguz on May 27, 2015 at 1:26pm

Surprise....so nice.. I love it

Comment by Ann Johnson on May 27, 2015 at 12:03pm

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Barb - What a great idea! I hadn't thought of it for a patio table but the place mats would fit nicely around an umbrella pole. Thanks for the idea!

Comment by Barb/WI on May 27, 2015 at 8:30am

This is great!  Would be nice out on our patio table.  It would fit around the umbrella opening really great.

Comment by Joy Gross on May 26, 2015 at 7:41pm

Love it!

Comment by Kathy/WA on May 26, 2015 at 5:47pm

Wow looks great.  Another project I'm going to put on my list.

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