Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Table mats and dish cloth

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.


Karen's Korner said...

Lovely placemats. I enjoy doing placemats and have done quite a few sets - it serves the need to create something useful, gives me an excuse to rummage through my stash for suitable fabric and they are finished in no time.

Stitchin' time said...

Those nice placemats look to me like they are waiting for a plate of pizza or lasagne or maybe a bowl of spaghetti bolognese. Must be the olives! That's a nice dishcloth, very neat.