In 2003-2004 I was involved in a block swap with an online quilting group, NOQ. In this swap we told the other members what colors we wanted to work with. Mine were autumn colors and I wanted to make place mats with the resulting blocks. I have had a difficult time figuring out just how to finish the pretty blocks.
The other day I was looking at my stash and pulled some fabrics out and decided to go for it.
The set includes a table cloth in brown with small orange leaves, a design by Debbie Mum, accented with a large leaf patterned fabric in oranges, greens, burgundy and black. I don't know who designed this leaf fabric, but I love it. It is also used in my Tumbling Blocks of Life quilt that now resides with my mother-in-law.
4 napkins from the large leaf print and 4 place mats bordered with both the small and large leaf prints.
Below are close ups of the mats and each of the blocks made by the other ladies.
Makes of the blocks include (in no particular order) Muriel Roberts, Sheffield UK., Anne Brien, Sheffield UK., Ollie Pliska, Canada., Helen Ferrigno, NY., Hoop-T-Do Pasco, Wa.,
All the quilting is stitch in the ditch, batting is cotton.
The block on the right here (below) was all hand pieced.
I am very please with how these turned out. Lovely work by the swappers and now I have a new table set for fall and Thanksgiving.