Well, my Christmas-y Christmas gift making has begun! I finished up these reversible Thanksgiving/Christmas placemats for a co-worker and friend, and I think they turned out pretty nice!
I used freezer paper to get a template large enough to paper piece both sides. As for the Thanksgiving side, I just strip pieced them and then cut out around my circular template I sewed on. Easy peasy.
The Christmas side was a little more intricate. I got the idea for these hexagon-ish shaped placemats from Katie at fromthebluechair's hexagon shaped quilt. I used the same technique, only on a much smaller scale. I cute 60 degree triangles out of freezer paper that measures appx 9 inches high, and pieced them just like I would have for a string quilt.
Overall I'm happy with the outcome, I wish my strips would have lined up together a little better, but I'm ok with it.