Second and third finishes of the year.
These are gifts for a co-worker. I Googled “quilted plant mat” and found an image for stained glass mug rug. That became my inspiration.
I started by laying scraps on the cutting mat to see if I could just use what I already had. Mostly, yes. I did cut down a couple of 5″ charms, but basically the rest were cutoffs from other projects.
I found the video first, then this blog post and used the method described to add the sashing strips. I used leftover black fabric torn for the kitchen rug. I did not cut the black strips to match the patch, instead I trimmed off the extra after it was sewn on.
My strips are wonky but I love the way the black sets off the colors. Plus wonky = handmade with love.
The back is pieced from more leftover fabric bits.
Viola! Here is the front…
…and the back.
I decided to make another reversing the color placement swaping light for dark.
This time I started with bits from my neutral bin.
And came up with this. Here is what I changed from the blog method:
Using the half inch seam guide on the sewing machine was more accurate than folding the strips. But it also resulted in narrower sashing.
I also remembered to make the back a little more interesting by tilting it a bit before I cut it to size for the front.
The aftermath. There is the kitchen rug peeking out in the upper left hand corner. I don’t think I will have time to play with it this weekend because I have to adult and do chores.