These are the 3.25" blocks I ended up with!
I had them on the design wall for a few days and every time I walked by, I moved the blocks around. This is how they were on sewing day, so that was the final layout. It's a very scientific process!
Then I had some fun with machine quilting using my walking foot and some orange thread. I stitched right down the centre of every strip, and did not do any planning or marking.
I enjoyed hand stitching the binding in the evening while the sun was setting. Maybe this is going to be a drink coaster and not a placemat!?!
NO... it's a placemat and it will join my collection that I will donate to Meals on Wheels in time for Christmas distribution.