My good friend Karen spent some time in Ghana late last year, and brought home some amazing fabric. She asked me to make her some placemats with it, and offered anything left over as stash enhancement. Sold!
I made sure to wash and dry the fabric before using it. Then I pressed and refolded it selvage to selvage as it came off the bolt, and slipped some batting in between the layers, so each side was identical. Next came the quilting - a different motif on each placemat.
To add a bit of contrast, I chose to bind with some Kaffe Fassett yarn dyed stripes cut on the bias to improve resistance to the frequent washing these placemats will likely experience, and I attached the binding all by machine.
All in all, a very satisfying project. Karen loves them and I had a lot of fun making them. Win/win!