He actually refused payment but I badgered him until he agreed that perhaps he and his wife could use some placemats. Nearly a year later, I delivered!
During the process of creating the slabs for these placemats (using Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg's technique from Sunday Morning Quilts), I also made the slabs necessary to create some fabric boxes to contain my scraps, of which there are many, even after making these placemats and the other slabs. Proof positive that I need a different scrap storage/management strategy!
I backed the placemats in Essex Yarn-dyed linen/cotton in Black, and the organic straight(ish) line quilting was done in a matching colour to the front, using a walking foot.
The placemats are each bound in a polka-dot fabric that matched the placemat. It would appear that I am a big fan of polka dots as everything that went into these placemats came from my stash.
I attached the (bias) binding to the back of the placemat then brought it to the front and attached it using my Janome's ditch-quilting foot. It worked well! The placemats measure 12.5" by 18.5" and I am really, really pleased with them.