I wonder if you recall Sunday Stash #114 which featured Ruby Star Spring by Melody Miller? These fabrics are such fun, and I thought it might be interesting (and a little quirky) to feature some of these "beasts" on a set of place mats.
Placemats are relatively quick to make, and much like a mini quilt you still get to play around with the patchwork piecing as well as the quilting. For these placemats I have used the "Quilt As You Go" technique which ensures that you can create interesting quilting grids without having to stop/start in the middle of the project.
For the back of the placemats I have fussy cut four different panels that are part of the Ruby Star Spring fabric collection. The size of these panels determined the finished size of the placemat: 11 inches x 15 inches. These prints are definitely my favorite design from the Ruby Star Spring range.
I have also used the bagging out technique as per this tutorial for making a quilt without binding, to finish off the placemat. A placemat or mini-quilt is a great place to start if you are interested in experimenting with this tutorial.
I hope you're having a great sewing week!