Thanks to Shirley Frank, our new Treasurer, for such a great idea for our Quarterly Challenge! Shirley has been in touch with Missoula Aging Services and they are thrilled about us donating place mats for Meals on Wheels. They said this is one of the nicest ideas they've ever heard of and are happy to distribute them.
Here are the details:
You can begin bringing your finished place mats to our October 12 meeting and we will begin collecting them for delivery. Of course we want to see what everyone has made so there will be a special group Show & Tell at the start of our meetings between now and December to show everyone your place mat creations.
This is a great idea for our Bee Sewcial groups to make when they get together. According to Missoula Aging Services, they have close to 400 on their Meals on Wheels roll, so that is our goal.
We'll have a wagon at the meetings (in front of the state) where you can put the place mats you make and we can watch it fill up.
Place mats can be made out of any fabric. A great suggestion from Shirley is to make them reversible with one side being and everyday pattern and the other for Christmas.
This is a great way to use up orphan blocks or even scraps in a quilt-as-you-go fashion.
Maybe you have a quilt top languishing and you don't really even like anymore. Well quilt it up with basic line quilting on your machine and then cut into place mats.
Do you have a long arm? Well you can also load up a basic scrap strip quilt, quilt with an edge-2-edge pattern an then cut into place mats and machine bind.
There is no set size for the place mats. They can big squares, like a 12"x 12" or larger quilt block or a rectangle of course. The standard store bought place mat measures about 12" x 18".
Here are some link to find FREE patterns for place mats if you want to start from scratch.
Donna Jordan has a great tutorial on how to use a basic charm pack to create place mats.
And here is a link to a Quilt As You Go place mat by Quilt Addicts Anonymous.
Quilt As You Go with a Jelly Roll
These are easy peasy and for those members who are fairly new to quilting, this is a great project for a new quilter.
This is such a great idea for a Quarterly Challenge that doubles as a guild-wide Quarterly Challenge! Thanks Shirley.