This week, this project was in the home stretch!
I decided to turn 6 mug mat contenders into blocks for a place mat for my desk. I added a couple borders, and backing fabric.
Layered batting (I used fusible foam batting), backing right side up, and placemat top, right side down.
Then pinned all around the edge.
I sewed a 1/4" seam, leaving an opening on one side.
Then I turned the place mat right side out after trimming the extra batting and backing. Then I closed the opening by hand with a ladder stitch.
Since I used fusible foam batting, I eliminated the pin-basting step before quilting. Once turned, I gave the whole thing a nice steamy pressing from the front and from the back. Very satisfying. I'm loving that bright green sashing fabric. It'll look very cheerful on my desk.
Then I did some in-the-ditch quilting around the blocks and in a swirly pattern inside the blocks.
As I was quilting, I noticed a little hiccup in one of the blocks. I must say, even with the tool, I didn't do a great job of trimming a couple of the edges inside this particular block.
You can see where the arrow is pointing, the fabric width is a bit thick.
In a million years I bet you'd never notice that unless I pointed it out. It took about 3 seconds for me to get over it and move on.
So here is the finished place mat below. On the right you can see how much it snaps up my desk top! It's very cushy under my wrists as I type this message!
So that ends my little side trip into swirls and mini-pineapples!
Or does it? Now that I've finished the placemat project, I've got a hankerin' to pull out that brown and blue (my all-time favorite color combination) pineapple quilt to finish it up with some quilting.
The border fabrics featuring mooses (mice? no, I think it's still moose if there are one or two of them) was purchased on a trip to Alaska a few years back.
It's about time I finished it up and put it to good use dreaming about what a fun trip that was!
And then, as I was quilting the place mat, I couldn't stop thinking about how cute these swirl blocks would be as those little chicken pin cushions that you make with two squares - like this little army of Chickens lined up at a retreat (when we used to do those) from my friends Cheryl and company in Delaware.
Then I thought, do I really need to make another pin cushion?
. . . Maybe!
Is this stuff ever about 'need?' *Wink!*