Candle mats are useful and fun projects to make when you have a free afternoon with nothing to do (or at least nothing else you really want to do). They're also a great way to experiment with new techniques or ideas you've been thinking about. Don't be afraid to change them to suit your needs or taste. Be open to color changes, and if you need to tweak the original construction, so be it. It's OK to be creative. It's what makes quilting so much fun.
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