Stewart has a corner of the living room where he likes to sit and read or use his laptop and he recently bought a new side table for his "corner"... somewhere to leave said laptop. But because he doesn't want to scratch his new table he has taken to using an old tea towel as a table mat. It looks very classy, let me tell you! It then occured to me that I might make a smart new table mat and I could then remove the old tea towel. A little project for a Saturday afternoon...
Now regular readers will know I don't really "do" patchwork and quilting but I do have a stash of patchwork fabrics (don't ask why... I just do.) However when I went to find my stash of fabrics they were in such a sorry mess I didn't have a hope in hell of finding what I wanted. Several hours of brandishing an iron later (and I don't "do" ironing either) my fabrics were all neatly sorted... and it was Saturday evening. So much for my Saturday afternoon project. But I did find the fabrics I was looking for... these rather gorgeous Kaffe Fassett Indian cottons that I bought years ago.
So up bright and breezy this morning I consulted my extensive quilting library of two books (double the number since I last attempted patchwork) as I had a vague memory of log cabin patchwork being quite easy when you know how... and are familiar with the tricks of foundation piecing.
I even dug out my never ever used walking foot that came free with my first Bernina.
And just a few hours later using foundation piecing (so brilliantly easy... no measuring or accurate seams required)...
I finished a table mat... and for the second time in a week I'm pretty darn pleased with myself.
Especially as it is my first ever attempt at machine quilting.
I'll even dare to show you the reverse and my binding.
And best of all, it fits the table and has met with approval... and the tea towel has been banished back to the airing cupboard.
I'm now thinking matching cushions... what do you reckon?