Ever since then I've saved the top that she made and the remaining fabric with the intention of making placemats - someday.
Well - since she's buying her first house, someday is now.
I pulled the top out of the plastic bin and took it to the fabric store. I had to find coordinating fabric for the back and fabrics to make reversible napkins.
I spent two days making more blocks (she had only made enough for two placemats). I picked a dark navy with lime green and then bought 4 different fabrics to make 2 sets of 6 reversible napkins.
After I finished the piecing, cut out placemats and batting, sewed them rights sides together and then turned them right sides out.
Then I quilted around the tumbling blocks. Using purple thread on the pieced blocks and lime green on the solid fabric. I made 2 sets of 6 napkins. One set matches with the solid side and the other with the pieced. They are reversible. While there are only 4 placemats (that's all her table will seat), I made 6 napkins because I believe you should always have spares to rotate in - just in case something happens - like a horrible stain or a tear.
Anyway - I'm tickled pink with this gift.