In thinking about it, I realized how ridiculous it is that I've never bothered to MAKE myself a set, and it was time to rectify that. I was inspired by TheMistressT's Humongous Stash-busting, Scrappy, Place Mat Project posted on Craftster, so I dug through my stash, and came up with a layer cake of 12" squares of Tim Holtz fabrics that I found on clearance for about $6 at Joann's last year. I sliced and diced them to various widths, mixed up the strips, and sewed them all back together. Then I cross cut the large panels, laying in perpendicular stripes of black, before backing and quilting them. The backing was cut 1" larger all the way around, and folded over to become a self binding.
The backing and batting both came out of stash as well, so it was a good project for using up extra fabric, as well as those narrow bits of batting I always have left over from making quilts. I'm pretty pleased with how they came out, and kinda can't wait to have friends over for dinner now. I have some chunks of the strip panels left over, and I think I might make some mug rugs and coasters to match, since the dining area and living room are one big open room.