A Simple Gift

This past weekend my boyfriend and I made a road trip to Atlanta, GA to visit his mom. This was the first time I met her and I wanted to give her a thank you gift for inviting us to visit and keeping us fed and homed for the weekend.

When I asked Mike what she liked I got the expected guy answer, \”well, I dunno.\” I decided to take a different approach and give examples of things I could make and see if one of those flipped the switch.

Pillow? No.
Potholders? No.
Pouch? No.
Baskets? No.

Then I started getting desperate.

Bedside pocket? No.
Mug rug? No.
Apron? No.

Seriously Mike? Would she want anything I make or should I just get a bottle of wine?

Finally we decided on a set of placemats to match her kitchen, which is decorated in chefs with a red, black, and white color scheme. I had never made placemats before and I couldn\’t find a pattern or tutorial that I liked so I drew an idea up in Touch Draw to see if Mike thought she would like the idea I was thinking of.

Placemat Mock Up

He said go forth with the plan and so I did. I only had about 5 hours of free time from that point to the point we were leaving so I started banging them out. I made four matching placemats and luckily ran into no problems along the way so I finished them all without rushing.

Here\’s a picture of one of them.


I gave them to her and she seemed to really like them so hopefully they get some use! Plus, now I know how to make placemats!

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