I made a few alterations to the patterns. I used “Insul Bright” purchased at Jo-ann‘s instead of cotton batting for the placemats and potholders, just as extra protection from hot pots and plates. And, since I didn’t know what colors their kitchen was going to be, I went for some neutral solids, which in the end looked too plain- so, I used the freezer paper stencil tutorial from craftster to personalize the placements and napkins based on the couple’s love for travel. I also thought the patchworked potholder (which is meant to be asymmetrical) just looked messy with my limited sewing skills, so I made my second potholder without patches (not pictured because I haven’t quite finished it yet).
My only advice to pass along is that the napkins are REALLY big, and didn’t fit in a conventional napkin ring when rolled. I think next time I’d make them a bit smaller, or use a thinner fabric. The fabric for all 3 projects was cotton (khaki) and linen (faded blue), from Jo-ann’s.
My first impressions of the book are here.
I’m glad I made the potholder because I think it will help me with my first quilt, also from this book (All I’ve done on the quilt so far is pick out my fabrics, and cut most of the pieces).