One problem I've never had: too many matching placemats. When I first took up sewing again (after loathing it in 4-H), I made the same placemat pattern over and over--both because I liked it and because it was a good way to learn. However, because my dining table sat 6 and I had 6 chairs, I never made more than 6 placemats and 6 matching napkins. Which was fine at my old house, but now that we've been here 9 years and things have had a chance to end up behind the washing machine or in back of the cabinet, it's a real challenge to find 6 matching placemats when we have company. So, I have 12 placemats made:
The batting I used for them is a poly/cotton blend that says it should be quilted every 4 inches. I don't know how that works for placemats, so I did toy with the idea of doing an outline embroidery smack in the middle of each one,
I had to stop sewing when I hit my limit for sitting, so instead:
I'd also dug out this home decorating fabric which I bought in November of 2013 to make a fall jacket. That's WHY I bought it, but it must have been a clearance fabric, because I have more of it than I need for the jacket, so even though I'd bought it specifically to make a jacket, I had started debating about whether or not I should use it for something else.