This project made me so happy. Ben’s family has some vintage cotton napkins that were salvaged from his grandmother’s cabinets. They’re all different colors and patterns, but they just look lovely all together. For those of you who know me, I’m not super into color matching. In fact, my dishes are all different colors of Fiesta ware, because I prefer lots of colors instead of just one or two.
So I decided to make my own napkins, inspired by the ones from Ben’s grandmother. I went to Joann’s and picked up 6 fat quarters, all in different colors, but all with floral patterns, so that there was a sense of cohesion. Then I followed the fantastic tutorial for napkins with mitred corners at No Big Dill. Since fat quarters are generally about 18″ x 22″, I just trimmed them to 18″ x 18″ squares before I began.
Stay tuned for a project using the scraps leftover from this project. I only wasted a few crooked ends, but otherwise used every bit of all six fat quarters. It was extremely satisfying to have so little waste!