My sewing room looked like Santa's workshop for the past month because I was getting ready to celebrate Christmas early (last weekend). My son and his fiancée came out from Wisconsin for a few days, but they couldn't stay through Christmas so we moved it up.
Their visit gave me the incentive to finally make these Christmas/winter placemats with a pattern and fabric that I bought a year ago at Sew Many Quilts in Bend, OR. I used the bright striped fabric for binding and the red rick rack covered the seam.
They really brightened up the table! The pattern is called "Sew Simple Placemats," by Gail Ransdall. Web site on the pattern is sewmanyquiltsinbend.com It's a slick pattern because you turn one quilt sandwich into six placemats.
This view from our house shows why bright, cheery placemats are a necessity during winter here.
Have a colorful day!