I racked my brain for a couple days to come up with the design and to figure out how I wanted to construct them. There were several ways to go about it, but I knew I wanted to quilt them to add stitch detail. I opted not to use binding or bias tape around the edge due to the oval shape.
I'm not going to lie, this method took quite a bit of time. Oval shaped place mats in general are going to take longer than rectangular ones, however, if you have a circle or smaller table, this may be your only option so that the mats don't overlap.
A dozen place mats are being shipped to my mother-in-law early so that she can use them for entertaining this holiday season. Maybe after the holidays I'll get a chance to create a tutorial including the oval template I used.