It was a bonus to get several great smaller projects finished for gifts and my summer table.
Here I loaded two pieces of Batik fabric, 20" by width of fabric, side by side. I used my channel locks to create work space instead of piecing. Then I filled the areas with free motion designs I've been dying to try. I then cut each quilt into two pieces (total four in all) and made summer place mats for my table with gorgeous quilt designs and bright, delicious colors.
I could tell quickly what would work and what wouldn't for a customer quilt or on a project I'll sell or use as a sample in future articles or books. And no harm done. It's turning into a place mat. (I hate wasting anything, so do a lot of my auditioning this way, so I don't have to throw away piles of muslin and batting.)
Hope my small projects inspire you to try a few of your own. I'm getting ahead for Christmas gift planning, rehabbing my knee, and learning and growing all at one time.
I love to quilt!