Table mats and a dish cloth are both homely items, and for the past few days I have been [intermittently] working on both.
We had only two sets of table mats, both a pair. Lovely for just us, but when visitors arrive I end up using a table cloth, which takes up a lot of clothes-line space! As I ran into problems with my Cats and Mice Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt block, I needed a diversion. Something useful was called for ... a girl can't always make excuses for not finishing something. I can tell you that the Cats and Mice problem was corrected, and this morning I made the final stitch on the table mats binding.
A little piece of useless information ... I purchased this 'olive' fabric while in NZ, not knowing how or when I would utilise it. As I searched through my box [large box] for ideas for a suitable project the olive fabric cried out to be used. I am pleased with the result, and now when we have folks to a meal the table will not be a pot pouri of mats, as it was last night!
Dish cloths are simple little projects that take up little or no time, and can be tackled in an evening ... I truly do not like sitting just twiddling my thumbs ... a needle of some variety gives the impression of being 'usefully employed'; a habit that has enveloped me for decades.
The dish cloth will go into the box of gifts ... the table mats are for our use.