For my sister’s Christmas gift, I made her a set of placemats.


I made six of ‘em but there were only four of us for Christmas dinner so here’s the table at the beginnings of being set. I’d show it to you all set, but then you can’t see the placemats!   I have to say, I’m very happy with how these came out.

Placemat close up

Why is it so hard to photograph dark brown and have it read true?   The placemats are 14″ x 16″ and I did some straight line quilting on them to keep them smooth and modern looking.  My sister loves them and they look great in her house!

Hope that you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve!

33 Responses to “Placemats”

  1. Stephanie December 30, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Oh wow – just gorgeous! Your sister is one lucky gal!

  2. Audrie December 30, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    So lovely! I’m planning to make my sis placemats because she’d mentioned needing some a while ago.

  3. Crystal December 30, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    Oh they look so good!!! I really like them. I would love some too! Very nice!

  4. Jen Eskidge December 30, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Those are excellent! Love the modern look.

  5. Lise December 30, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    These are beautiful! You did a great job making quilting modern.

  6. Annika December 30, 2009 at 11:29 am #


  7. Kristina December 30, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    They are absolutely gorgeous! Love your color choices! I think I need to make some of those :))

  8. kbonikowsky December 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Place mats and napkins have been on my to-do list for awhile. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Bonnie December 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    These are fabulous! I love the effect the straight line quilting gives.

  10. Cate December 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    How’d I get so lucky to have you as a sister? I love the placemats SO much!

  11. Kris December 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Love these! I wish you were my sister! :)

  12. Karen Simpson December 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Stunningly simple. Your work is always sooooooooo good.

  13. Corky December 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    I’m sitting here at my computer looking at all my new RSS feeds and click on yours……….. Wow! I love these so much I actually said, out loud and emphatically: “Oooohh! That’s nice!!!” (with feeling). You rock. Great colors, very cool design. (what’s the background? Bone? Sand? Raffia? Love it.

  14. Tracey December 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    These are insanely awesome!!!

  15. Leslie December 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    these are just beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  16. Jackie December 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Just beautiful place mats! They look right at home on that table.

  17. Tracey J December 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    they do look great! I love those wildwood little trees…

  18. Pokey December 30, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    They have a great contemporary appeal, Good idea for some of my friends who don’t quite get my quilting. Thanks for sharing!

  19. jacquie December 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    sooo cute! love the table and chairs too!

  20. Mary on Lake Pulaski December 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    What a wonderful gift!

  21. WendyB December 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    those look fab! did you sew those onto bamboo?

    • Alissa December 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks Wendy, and nope – it’s all fabric! It’s the quilting that makes it look a bit bamboo-ish.

  22. Cristin December 31, 2009 at 5:59 am #

    REALLY gorgeous placemats!!! Simple, yet sleek and modern! I wouldn’t want to put my plate of spaghetti on them – for fear of stains! Your sister = LUCKY!

  23. Live a Colorful Life December 31, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Amazing. I can even imagine a quilt…Oh, and the table and chairs? Too awesome.

  24. jaybird December 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    what a perfect gift… i love your color selection!

  25. Amber Lee December 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    These are great! Wonderful colors and a nice simple pattern, but best of all the quilting. Great job.

  26. Debbie January 1, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    I love these! They look great with her table and chairs.

  27. julia::ordinarysaturdays January 2, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    You have a great eye for color and composition. Lucky sister!

  28. Jennifer January 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    i commented on the wrong post! this dining set is wonderful and i must know where it is from. please!

    • Alissa January 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,

      It’s vintage. My sister was lucky enough to find it on Craigslist!

  29. Cheryl Arkison January 4, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    They look perfect with the midcentury modern table and chairs.

  30. Chris January 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Those look so PERFECT on that table! Well done.

  31. Kristen Mary January 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Wow, these are just gorgeous!!

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