Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Patchwork Style" in my home

This summer I learned to sew! I indulged my new passion with Amanda Soule's "Handmade Home" (see my review). Because I so enjoyed Amanda's book, I was intrigued by a new series of crafting books released this year by her publisher. The series, called Make Good: Crafts + Life, produces charming Japanese craft books in English for the first time. I fell in love with ALL of the titles... but first on my list to own was Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy & Colorful Life.

"Patchwork Style" is a very modern take on patchwork sewing. Chapters are organized by technique: Log Cabin, Applique, Patchwork Squares, Free Stitching and Square Applique. Some projects I know I'll complete include designs for potholders (I've realized mine are downright embarrassing), a purse (SOOO many to choose from), a log cabin style chair pad (a la SouleMama) and some punchy couch pillows.

But, first on my list was new kitchen rugs. My old faithfuls from Target were disintegrating before my eyes. The very last pattern in "Patchwork Style" is modestly titled "Floor Mat". I first stumbled across a finished version on SouleMama (again), which was how I discovered I'd have to get the book. I indulged in some fabrics by Anna Maria Horner and sat down at the sewing machine AS IF I knew a thing about sewing.

getting started

This "Floor Mat" is actually a work of applique that's machine quilted and then backed. To get started, I chose a relatively monochromatic background (I love color, so that's about as monochromatic as I could go) and started clipping fabrics in random shapes, artistically (I hope) layering them on the background.

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Once everything looked just right, I sewed on the collage, layered up my rug "sandwich" and started quilting. It took FOREVER. Apparently, sewing a straight line every 3/8 inch is a LOT of sewing. I couldn't believe how much thread it took!

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My goal was to complete the first rug in time for a visit from some relatives, so I had a deadline that kept me going. IMG_0243I did get the larger rug done in time, and thank goodness, my visitors noticed the rug very soon upon entering our kitchen. If it wasn't for that deadline... well, I'd be where I am now - working very slowly on this, my second, smaller rug to be placed in front of our fridge. No matter how long it takes, I still find myself craving that sewing time. I am astounded by what can be done, the possibilities and the results. A big THANK-YOU to all the crafting mamas who encourage me through blogs and through real-life friendships to "Make Good: Crafts + Life" in my own home!

5 comments:

  1. [...] by Anna Maria Horner, which I’ve already used to make a chair pad, make-up roll and my patchwork rugs. To create the brick design, each block has natural linen trim on 2 sides. Here are my finished [...]

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  2. [...] Quarters:  patches on projects like this rug or my Christmas stockings; mini quilts; coasters, [...]

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  3. [...] style.  Popular projects:  patchwork rug, pot holders, log cabin blocks/quilts.  I made the patchwork rug. See what people have made at the Flickr [...]

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  4. I hope you see this because I see this a rather old project. Is this rug just made of quilters cotton? How does it hold up to the wear and tear on a kitchen floor? O'd love to make a couple of these myself.

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    1. Yes, it is made of just quilters cotton on the front, backed in corduroy. It's held up great! Gets lots of washing and no problems yet. I think it's key that it's quilted so closely, which gives it a lot of strength. The quilt lines are less than 1/2" apart!

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