What a FUN project.
I thought these 4 blocks were going to become place mats, but the size was just too large. Unless my partner has a VERY wide table, two place mats opposite each other would have hung off of the table by several inches. That's not so convenient! I loved how the table runner turned out. I used 4 rings linked vertically. Though it is a little wide for a traditional table runner, It will be nice for laying out dishes. Or, if my partner wants, she can use it as a vertical wall hanging in her kitchen.
Here's the table runner before I popped it into the washer and dryer:
I wanted to accentuate the fun quilted pattern, so I went for the crinkly look. After the washer & dryer:
I used a paper-piecing technique, which turned out to be pretty useful. It made cutting the fabric a breeze. But be prepared, sewing the blocks using paper-piecing does take more time than just sewing pre-cut pieces together. So if you are doing a king-sized quilt it might make sense to go the individual template route. I am tempted to try a block or two with the conventional method just to decide which is more efficient.
One clear advantage is with managing all of your fabrics. I suck at keeping a bunch of fabric pieces organized enough to sew them together in the correct order. Reading some of the posts over here, it seems like that is universally a pretty challenging part of this Single Girl pattern. With paper piecing, i kept a lump of 5" squares of fabric next to my machine. As I sewed each arch, I simply grabbed the fabric that inspired me at the moment. No sorting and organizing required.
I think the bliss fabric turned out wonderfully on the back. The red print is quite striking against the aqua dots.
Well, I turned them into 4 pot holders with two different bindings and quilting designs. This was a fun side-project and should make a nice accent to the Pièce de résistance.