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.