As much as I love having a round table, I have found it difficult to find placemats that look good. The edges of the rectangle ones hang off, and the circle ones just aren't big enough for my liking. And I'm just not a fan of tablecloths. So I decided to make my own.
I found the fabric for these placemats in the remnant bin at the Crate and Barrel Outlet two years ago, at the whopping price of $0.97 a pound. (Yes, I wrote that correctly--$0.97 per pound). I had no idea what to do with it at the time, but it I loved it, and bought it anyway. It seemed very Fall-ish, and so when I realized I needed something on my table for Thanksgiving dinner, I thought of this fabric and got to work. So I make an oval template, cut out 8 ovals with the lines in one direction, and 8 of the lines in the reverse direction. I layered batting in the middle, free-form machine quilted it, and then sewed a border on using bias tape cut from the same fabric. And voila, Fall reversible placemats, each one slightly different than the others: