Last night I sewed the second placemat. I ironed them onto fusible batting and trimmed them to square them up. The little squares finished at 1". Now I need to choose a backing fabric. I think I will just bring the backing around to the front instead of a separate binding. They are for me to use so I can do it any way I want.
I found someone who would take a lot of fabrics that I no longer want to own, quilted, velour, heavier cottons, etc. and they came yesterday morning and went through it and took most of it. I feel 100 pounds lighter with the weight off my shoulders of having to store things I don't need. I have an empty shelf in my little fruit cellar a/k/a fiber related store room. It was a lot of work getting it all out but I am so happy I did it.
Heidi in the north of Norway, you asked when I started washing my fabrics. I wash the fabric we use to make the pillowcases for donation, not my own fabric. We wash it first so there won't be any twisting after laundering like some purchased pillowcases. Also we feel it will be softer and cleaner smelling for the recipients.