Monday, August 15, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday, vol. 2

Back again, baby!

This week's finish is a small one, but it has taken about three months to finish. I started this dish mat as a quick project to jazz up my kitchen a little bit, but it got pushed to the side several times so I could work on other things. I finally got tired of moving it out of the way so I decided the other day to just go ahead and get it done already.


I usually just put a dish towel on the counter to put wet dishes on, either that came out of the dishwasher or that I hand-wash, but that's kinda boring. One day I saw a tutorial for a quilted dishmat on Darby's blog,  Fly Through Our Window. While I didn't really use her tutorial to make this mat, it was my inspiration.


I used a dish towel from Target that I've had for a little while. It has been washed several times, so hopefully there's no more shrinking. All I did was cut the edges off and start making my patchwork top to be roughly the same size. I actually started off with a different design in mind but didn't like it. I wanted to still use those pieces, though, so I came up with this top.

I was originally going to practice my free motion quilting on this, but I backed out on that, so I just mimicked the rectangles and quilted around them, inside and out.


It may be silly, but it really does make it a little less boring doing dishes if I can have fun things like this to help brighten up the kitchen. 
Now go check out what other cool things people are making and linking up to at Canoe Ridge Creation's
fabulous {Sew} Modern Monday.

13 comments:

  1. I bet that does cheer up your kitchen!

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  2. That is a great way to make a boring task a little more cheerful! I think I see a future for some of my rainbow charms :)

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  3. That is really beautiful and surely brightens the doswashing moment! That will be on my list, too.

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  4. I think it's a great idea - turned out very cute, too!

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  5. What a great idea! I love it.

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  6. So pretty! I definitely would only use that to dry clean dishes ;) Love the charms.

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  7. That's so cheery, Toni. I love the way you did the quilting.

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  8. This is so creative! I just LOVE your straight line quilting. :)

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  9. This is wonderful! I think I might even enjoy doing the dishes with a beauty like this! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

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  10. Oooh, I've never seen/heard of a dishmat before. It would solve a lot of my problems and get rid of the nasty overflowing basket!

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