TGIFF – Placemats and runner

And, I am back hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday! In case you don’t know Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday is an intercontinental CanAussie (Canadian-Australian) initiative by M-R of QuiltMatters and Laura of Quokka Quilts that has been encourage quilters since 2014! How fun is that?

Now, on to my project. I am thankful that this project is finished (as I am sure some of you are). I started the month working on a tutorial for self-mitered placemats. The details are all available here; including a free tutorial. I declared it to be my OneMonthlyGoal (OMG) and so finished it up yesterday! It was a pretty easy finish. I had one done and 3 in various stages of finish.

Four placemats were made, but there was more fabric and more blocks that were an experiment….what to do??

These were the 2 kinds of blocks I had, one of each. Furthermore, they were different sizes. So, I wasn’t sure what to do, but slowly came up with a plan.

I made this bit to go in the center of the table, like a table runner, but more a “crumb preventer and scratch protector” for the center of the table. First, I cut a piece of batting that was a little too big so I made the piece too big. Some consultation suggested I cut off the ends…and I was open to it.

Upon further examination, I decided to just turn the edges over, added some strips on the top and bottom of the small blocks, and then, QAYG to add the other pieces, and a fake seam in the back (folded over the last edge and stitched down. This took me less than an hour once I got going. I only needed binding on two sides and figured out a pretty easy way to do it. Then I pressed the edge to the quilted edge and folded over and stitched down! It was fast, fun and practical.

This is also my One Monthly Goal and it is done, along with a bonus piece. And, there is even more good news, it is also part of my PhD for 2020, using up both stashed fabric and a few UFO blocks. I do have plenty of those but I will check that list and update it.

I hope you have a finish to share. But, don’t worry, TGIFF happens every week, so if you aren’t ready to link up, there is next week, hosted by Frédérique at Also, there are hosting opportunities still this year, so if you are interested here’s the link….

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Oh, and if you are having fun linking up, my Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd is still open and I’d love for you to share a current one or one of your favorites.

Coming Up on the Blog:
Hosting 2020 MCB for June (6/1)
Tips and Tutorial (6/22)
Stitching Sunshine Hop (6/25)

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Friday Foto Finish
Ufo Busting
One Monthly Goal
Midweek Makers
Finished or Not Friday
Phd 2020 Update

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  1. May 28, 2020 / 6:59 PM

    Hi Kathleen! I am bummed that I don’t have any kind of finish to link up this week. Nada. Zilch. So glad you met your May OMG challenge goal, though. Good job! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. May 28, 2020 / 7:24 PM

    Well, I am bummed too. I hope you have one next week for Federica!

  3. May 29, 2020 / 7:39 AM

    Great solution on the crumb catcher! I like the colorful layout when the placemats and the runner are on the table. I completely forgot to list link ups in my post today; I knew I forgot something!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 29, 2020 / 12:01 PM

      Your advice was helpful and it really is a fun look! I made the napkins eons ago…that was what started the collection! Plenty of time to add your linkups at the bottom. I edit my entries a few times as I add things or actually do the real linkup!

  4. Nancy Bekedam
    May 29, 2020 / 7:59 AM

    Great finish, all around, Kathleen! I vote yes for crumb-catchers and table-scratch-preventers! Your table is so coordinated! Looks nice!!!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 29, 2020 / 11:17 AM

      I love fresh things on the table and we will use these until they are destroyed. I am surprised how long some of the ones I made have lasted but they are nearly indestructible…nearly.

  5. Cocoa Quilts
    May 29, 2020 / 8:32 AM

    These turned out perfect! I’m for the table scratch preventer. Glad to see them all together.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 29, 2020 / 11:16 AM

      Thanks, Jan. This was one of the consultations at bee on Wednesday. I made the napkins sometime ago and always meant to get back to these. They were fun to do and glad they are in use!

  6. May 29, 2020 / 8:55 AM

    Don’t you just love when you can use up orphans and scraps! Your tablescape is lovely and could be made up in all kinds of seasonal themes. I would be interested in your tutorial and tips link up, let me know what I need to do.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 29, 2020 / 11:12 AM

      I do love it. I had made the napkins some time ago for a friend and for me, and then I knew I would do something like this, but years it took for it to rise to the top of the pile. The tips/tutorials link is at the top of my menu but in your email response I’ll send you more details!

  7. May 29, 2020 / 12:06 PM

    Those are great summery placemats Kathleen! And I saw you on Instagram with your video! 🙂 Thank you for hosting and feels good to get an OMG done right?

    • kathleenquilts
      May 29, 2020 / 12:17 PM

      OH, you are good to watch it. I haven’t brought myself to, one day I will. I am pleased to have it done and that drawer that held this project is nearly empty! I made coasters with the leftover strips years ago, and think I will make a few more. Then, there will be less than a FQ or two left!

  8. May 29, 2020 / 1:17 PM

    I’m (almost) ready for next week! Thank you for linking to my blog ;))
    Love your placemats, so cheerful!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 30, 2020 / 11:47 AM

      You are welcome and good luck with your finish. I’ll try to have something!

  9. May 29, 2020 / 9:03 PM

    They certainly brighten up your dining table. Love the middle runner….pretty and practical.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 30, 2020 / 11:46 AM

      It is so much fun having something new on the table and using well stashed fabric is a great benefit!

  10. Vicki in MN
    May 29, 2020 / 9:28 PM

    What a fun colorful table setting Kathleen!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 30, 2020 / 11:45 AM

      Thank you, Vicki. It is always fun to have something new on the table!

  11. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    May 29, 2020 / 9:41 PM

    Congrats on the finish. Great idea to make the centre piece. Thanks for hosting TGIFF.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 30, 2020 / 11:44 AM

      I love the little centerpiece. Since we are usually two I was using one of the placemats, and now I do this. I find I really enjoy having a piece in the center!

  12. May 31, 2020 / 4:35 AM

    Those pretty placemats and runner are surely brighten up the table!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 31, 2020 / 1:06 PM

      Thank you so much!

  13. May 31, 2020 / 9:57 AM

    Those are perfect placemats for summer!

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