I'd seen a couple of tutorials for floor mats, and I thought I'd try one out. Our floor is cork and pretty comfy, so it's not that I spend long hours in front of the kitchen sink suffering, but it seems like a fun idea to have at least one quilted project in each room. I was wondering what to do with the Apple of My Eye jelly roll, and this seemed like a perfect chance to try working with it.
|Top of floor mat|
Now I know white isn't practical, but neither am I, so it worked out. I am sure this will be going in the wash a lot, which is OK. I suppose it will encourage me to compost all my coffee grounds, otherwise they'll be passing over this on a daily basis on the way to the garbage can! Everything didn't line up perfectly, but I'm satisfied at my first foray into doing something that involved a bit more of a traditional piecing technique.
I decided to make a double sided version instead of putting a non slip backing on it. I wanted something a bit more modern. I decided to pick three Pezzy Print charms and build something around that, using a couple of solids from Apple of My Eye, and some scraps of Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi, Summer Totem Tart I had left from the queen quilt I still have in progress.
|Close up of the one decorative stitch my machine has|
My cutting and sewing is still pretty inaccurate, or I imagine I'd see nice flat seams between pieces like I do on more experienced quilter's projects. I'm hoping to improve quickly so I can try my hand at paper piecing.
One upside to this project was that I made my own seam binding, which is a first for me. I'd tried it and failed for garment sewing, but I must say working with quilting cotton sure makes it a lot easier to get crisp folds than with apparel fabric.