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!

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  • Stephanie

    December 30, 2009 at 10:46 am | Reply

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

  • Audrie

    December 30, 2009 at 11:04 am | Reply

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

  • Crystal

    December 30, 2009 at 11:21 am | Reply

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

  • Jen Eskidge

    December 30, 2009 at 11:23 am | Reply

    Those are excellent! Love the modern look.

  • Lise

    December 30, 2009 at 11:27 am | Reply

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

  • Annika

    December 30, 2009 at 11:29 am | Reply


  • Kristina

    December 30, 2009 at 11:39 am | Reply

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

  • kbonikowsky

    December 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply

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

  • Bonnie

    December 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Reply

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

  • Cate

    December 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Reply

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

  • Kris

    December 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Reply

    Love these! I wish you were my sister! 🙂

  • Karen Simpson

    December 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Reply

    Stunningly simple. Your work is always sooooooooo good.

  • Corky

    December 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Reply

    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.

  • Tracey

    December 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Reply

    These are insanely awesome!!!

  • Leslie

    December 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Reply

    these are just beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  • Jackie

    December 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Reply

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

  • Tracey J

    December 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Reply

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

  • Pokey

    December 30, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Reply

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

  • jacquie

    December 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Reply

    sooo cute! love the table and chairs too!

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski

    December 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Reply

    What a wonderful gift!

  • WendyB

    December 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Reply

    those look fab! did you sew those onto bamboo?

    • Alissa

      December 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Reply

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

  • Cristin

    December 31, 2009 at 5:59 am | Reply

    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!

  • Live a Colorful Life

    December 31, 2009 at 10:06 am | Reply

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

  • jaybird

    December 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Reply

    what a perfect gift… i love your color selection!

  • Amber Lee

    December 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Reply

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

  • Debbie

    January 1, 2010 at 7:59 am | Reply

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

  • julia::ordinarysaturdays

    January 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Reply

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

  • Jennifer

    January 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Reply

    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 | Reply

      Hi Jennifer,

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

  • Cheryl Arkison

    January 4, 2010 at 8:12 am | Reply

    They look perfect with the midcentury modern table and chairs.

  • Chris

    January 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply

    Those look so PERFECT on that table! Well done.

  • Kristen Mary

    January 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Reply

    Wow, these are just gorgeous!!

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