Now back to the purple love: my friend saw some pot holders I made, and said "I want me some of that purple goodness!" and I was commissioned (commissioned!) to sew a hot mat. Or whatever it's called.
I got to try out not one, not two, but THREE whole new skills with this one! Check me out, earning my quilting stripes!
Skill #1: I pieced the binding. Okay, not so much of a skill, as a design element. I used two different purples around the edge, and I'm in big love with that little chunk o' Chicopee.
Skill #2: machine binding. It was a fun challenge, even though it probably took me as much time to pin as it would have to hands-sew! This baby has 2 layers of batting inside - insul-bright and cotton - so there was more tugging to get it to fit, if you know what I mean!
Skill #3: feather quilting. I enjoyed this too. Even though it's, ahem, invisible.
Luckily, we have a back...
Here she is, in all her finished goodness.
A word about the fabrics. That amazing woven plaid is from Liberty, circa 1988. I went to the Liberty sale when I was about 17 or 18 years old, just for fun. And bought a ton of fabric. I didn't know how to use a sewing machine, but I figured, one day I would.
I put the Chicopee on the binding because she was blending in too well (ha!) with the Cocoon. Hurray for Free Spirit fabrics, making different lines be friends like that! And look at this: a coordinating Moda, of all things, from the Domestic Bliss line.
|Left to right, Chicopee, Cocoon, Domestic Bliss|
I'm planning a triangle quilt based around these... what should my solid be? Suggestions welcomed here!
Linking up with Live a Colorful Life and Confessions of a Fabric Addict !