Our schedule got a little off kilter with the TV appearance, so here's a BONUS One Yard Wednesday - something else to do with those little tiny scraps plus two new techniques...
I found some wonderful fun greens and the orange plaid in the scrap bucket. Orange, white and green are the colors of the Irish flag, and what better way to add some St. Paddy's flair to your morning cuppa Joe?!
So grab those leftover tidbits of jelly roll strips, or border pieces, or other oddments that you have, some leftover cotton batting. The batting MUST be cotton (you'll see why in just a bit) - if you don't have any, use a piece of an old towel. You will also need a piece of plain fabric to put your pieces onto. You can use muslin or other scrap fabric. I used a bit of that green sheet I still have left over. I am beginning to think I will be sewing with that sheet until the end of time, but I digress...
Press your scraps. Then, cut your backing fabric, your batting and your base fabric into a 6" x 9" rectangle.
Layer these with your backing fabric face down (wrong side up), then batting, then the base fabric.
Now the fun really begins! On top of your fabric sandwich, place one of your strips right side up. Place another strip on top of the first, matching the side edges, face down (right sides facing). This is first of the new techniques - it's called quilt as you go, and it's another real time saver. Pin through all layers.
Using a 1/4" seam, stitch the two strips together - yes, through all the layers. You have now not only started your mug mat, but you are in the process of finishing it, too. You are quilting as you go. See how this works?! Pretty cool, huh?!
And this is why you need cotton batting. Open the fabric strips and press the seam. If you used polyester batting, it would melt. After pressing, add the third strip.
Repeat until you use up all your strips.
I used a stipple stitch on the multi-color dot fabric section - to me it makes the dots look like confetti. Then, I just did a simple S pattern on the dark green. I did "stitch in the ditch" on the green squares (you stitch in the space where the seam is sewn), then went back and added the horizontal lines. For the green and white dot, I just lined up my presser foot to go between the rows of dots, and went both directions to get the cross-grid pattern. Here's how that turned out:
Here's the quilting on the back.
So let's finish this baby off, shall we?
When you make a quilt, you need some way to finish off the raw edges on the sides. In this case, we'll use binding. We've made binding before, for another mug mat, back in January. We're going to do things just a bit different this time, but the principle will be the same.
You will need two strips of fabric. I cut mine at 1 1/2". Each piece was also 22" long. Remember when we measured our fabric scraps yesterday for the table runner? Also, we're going to do some more geometry to get the perimeter of our mug mat, to be sure we have enough fabric to go all the way around the little thing. A 6" x 9" mug mat has a perimeter of 30". I'm safe with my two strips at 22" long. I just seamed them together (matching the plaid), with a 1/4" seam. I pressed the seam open. Then I folded this new long strip in half and pressed it.
Let's play the options game again! YAY - it's one of my favorites. It's a chance to show you how far outside the box you can actually go and still have something turn out well. Let's start with fabrics. I did greens and the orange/green plaid for St. Pat's Day. You can use themed fabrics for any holiday. Or traditional holiday colors. Use someone's favorite colors for a special occasion (think mother/sister-in-law, neighbor). How about school colors for a new high school grad heading off to college? Embellish a corner with a monogram. Or a cute button. Just be sure to leave a space for the mug!
What about shape? How about squares instead of rectangles. Use them for coasters.
What about size? Use the quilt-as-you-go technique on placemats. Or a table runner. Or a wall hanging. Or even a baby quilt. The technique works best with straight-edged geometric shapes and strip piecing. But there are no rules that say your strips have to be exactly rectangular. Give your piece a real modern flair by using those "wonky" bits of fabric. Or use a quilt block that has a circle in the center, then strip piece around that block. Overlap pieces, but leave raw edges. Wow, now you're really walking on the wild side!
What about repurposing? I mentioned using old towels for batting above. But what about using old blue jeans for the quilt piecing. Or cotton dress shirts. Any cotton fabric will work.
Play with your scraps today, and have FUN!