Party Of One: Quilted Table Mat and Utensil Cone

Debra, a friend and regular commenter here at This Year’s Dozen, recently asked…

“Do you ever run out of ideas?”

So far, not yet. In fact, I have an idea book and add to it just about every day. My brain sometimes goes on overload. I wish my crafty fingers could keep up. Thanks, Debra, I’ll try to keep the ideas coming. 😀

Here’s my latest creation.

Remember this? One of my Idea Sandwiches I blogged about on May 3rd.

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The end result kind of looks like the idea I had in my head. Except for rounding the corners and adding a little something extra. That is what happens as you create. Probably happens to you too. One thing leads to another. One idea seqways to a new direction.

Speaking of seqways… first let me tell you about what I do on Wednesdays. Senior Day at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. I only recently discovered the gems to be found there. For a song. And on Senior Day, on Wednesdays, they give us old folks a discount. 25% off all purchases. When I was there two weeks ago, they were giving Seniors 33% off!! I got this for $4.01. Originally $5.99.

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No matter that I don’t know what it was used for. No clue. Spice rack? Hubby said tie rack. It has holes for hanging in the back.

I know what I am going to use it for.


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How cool is this!! Well, hope you won’t mind seeing it weekly. I plan to use it as a prop for LOTS of my creations.

The fabrics I used were mostly Fat Quarters. The brick and cream with the wavy lines was bought years ago. I am thinking the first year I started blogging. Liked it but didn’t know what to do with it.

The Dresden Plate blades I decided to use flat. Not pointed and not rounded. As is, as I cut them.

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Add some sashing and some Log Cabin type borders and you get this.

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My stipling is getting better, don’t you think? First I created some boundaries with double lines. Then I free motion quilted within those lines. I added wavy stitches along the end border to go with the wavy fabric.

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Here are the rounded corners I mentioned earlier. I cut bias binding. I love the “feel” of it as I work. So different from crosswise. And easy to work with. I may use it more.

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And done!!

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Making a caddy to hold the utensils came to me out of the blue. I used more Dresden Plate blades, quilted one side, sewed them together.

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Party of One.

Come on down!!

Your table is ready.

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Hope you have enjoyed my little story on how this was created.

This is an original design by This Year’s Dozen.

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9 comments on “Party Of One: Quilted Table Mat and Utensil Cone

  1. Tanya says:

    Wow Donna!
    You never cease to amaze me!
    Your work is beautiful. You come up with cool innovative color combinations. Keep up the good work!

  2. Nana betty says:

    Now, aren’t you the clever one. You do have so many ideas!

  3. Crystal says:

    Very cute!!! 🙂
    I’m wondering if the caddy is permanently sewn together – or does it just wrap around the utensils? And is it snapped/velcro-ed to the placemat?
    Are you eating your veggies? Oops! With all the questions – I slipped in to “Mom” mode there for a second! 😉

    • don_mae says:


      Hey!! All good ideas!! The cone has a little opening at the bottom. You could stick a flower stem through it and use as a flower holder. I just sewed the sides together. On the backside where you can’t see my stitches. I have ideas to improve on it and also will test a square one.

      No veggies. Does watermelon count? A friend of hubby’s gave him a HUGE one. Will probably end up tossing it before we can eat it all. 😀

  4. Betty says:

    You are ready for the holiday!!!

  5. don_mae says:

    Thank you, everyone, I am putting together a second one. I have just enough material.

    And to think, when I first started, I wasn’t happy with it. But I LOVE how it turned out.

  6. Great work, Donna. Love that combo!

  7. Debra says:

    lol A little late but had to stop in and comment since I made mentioning! I love the idea of the little cones for silverware. Very cute! I’ve been wanting to make placemats for when we actually eat at the table.

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