Thursday, January 30, 2014

Patchy Mat with True Colors

Long, long ago I bought a bundle of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks fabrics from dear old Sew Love Fabrics.  Oh, fabric of my heart!   As I was fresh faced and just dipping my toes into all this prettiness, I cut into that bundle for a simple patchwork kitchen mat, inspired by Suzuko Koseki's Patchwork Style.  Little did I know...

Patchwork Kitchen Rug

Years later Anna Maria remains my very favorite designer and I've made oodles of projects with her fabrics. So, when I heard that FreeSpirit was doing a True Colors collection, with versatile "basics" of sorts from Anna Maria Horner and some other tippity top designers, I didn't waste any time getting involved!  Today is my stop on the True Colors blog tour.

Patchy Mat for my kitchen

And I made a new kitchen mat.  It was time!

What, it looks just like the old one?  Well, no.  Nowadays the old one is kind of wonky shaped and faded from so many, many washings.  Any similarities are proof of how much I love it just so!

in Anna Maria Horner blend

True Colors really do mix well with Anna's other collections.  This mat includes fabrics from Good Folks, Field Study, Field Study Linen and Garden Party (i.e. Hand Drawn Garden).  I could have thrown in so much more!  I've been using True Colors in other projects too, since their release last year.  In fact... I have another in the works now!  Because they are one-color prints, they're easy to blend with just about anything!

recycled towel batting!

Want to know more about my mat?  The construction is a bit changed from the original (circa '09), since I've learned a thing or two since then.  For batting I used a bath towel that still has some life to give.  I marked quilting lines with my hera marker.  Those sharp creases are straight and fine. She's quilted up at 1/2" intervals with Coats & Clark cream thread.

non-slip backing

And to keep things from slipping willy nilly, I backed the mat with this non-slip fabric.  It doesn't full-on stick to the floor, but it does certainly help.

True Colors + misc. Horner fabrics

Patchy Mat love

So kitty and I, we're fans.  Thanks, FreeSpirit, for giving me a deadline to take care of the Sad Mat Situation.  All better!

photos by Anna Maria Horner and Sew 4 Home


Would you like some True Colors?  Of course you would!  Freespirit is spreading the love. We'll have three winners all in Anna Maria Horner's True Colors!  One winner receives a fat quarter bundle and two winners take home 1 design roll + 2 charm packs each.  Enter by adding a comment here now through noon on Saturday, February 1st.  Make sure you provide your email address, if you're a "no-reply" blogger, so I can contact you if you win. 

Good luck

psst... The next stop on the tour is Craft Buds tomorrow!

p.s.s.  Anna Maria Horner's True Colors collection is at:  Marmalade, Fabricworm, and Intrepid Thread and in Canada at Mad About Patchwork.


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Comments Closed.  Our FQ bundle winner is SueMac.  The precut winners are ittehgaps and felice.  I'll be in touch with each of you via email!

440 comments:

  1. What a cute little mat! I like the idea of putting the "sticky" fabric on the back.

    Thanks for a chance at that wonderful fabric!

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  2. What a great idea! I have a new grand niece and would love to use some of those fabrics for a baby quilt.

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  3. I would have never thought of that mat - I wonder if you could put the magic foam, um, memory foam in it? Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. What a clever idea to use towels as the batting in your mat!

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  5. Love your mat and what a great idea!i so love True colors from all the designers! I've managed to buy a few of each, but would so love the full set by AMH. Can't beat her use of color!

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  6. Very cute math. I keep entertaining making a custom bath mat for our bathroom. Thanks for a chance to win! (I'm on a fabric diet.)

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  7. Oh, man! I would love to win some AMH True Colors! I need to recover my ironing board, and this collection would be lovely.

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  8. What a pretty mat! I've only recently consumed the AMH Kool-Aid, and what lovely Kool-Aid it is. The only problem is that now I want to get all the older lines and can't get enough of the current lines. Thanks for the chance to win some more Kool-Aid! ;)

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  9. I'm gonna make one of these to put at the bottom of my stairs (sometimes I misjudge which is the bottom step and a mat at the bottom would solve that problem!). Now, I just need to win the fabric to make it!

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  10. Beautiful and useful! I like having things like that out where you can see them every day. And where our little friends can lie on them every day! Thanks for the chance to win such lovely fabric.

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  11. Love the mat idea. And the fabric collection. Both are now on my "wish" list!

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  12. lovely mat, i do so love AMH, her color selection is awesome, thanks for the chance

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  13. Hi! Nice to be introduced to you through the True Color tour. The mat is a novel idea. I would never have thought of it be ause I'd be afraid to step on it. Ha ha but now that I've seen it, why not surround yourself with useful things that are beautiful!!! Like you mentioned, just wash it. :)
    Cmcg6@icloud.com

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  14. Gorgeous mat. There's no way I could bear to stand on it though! I just love AMH and her saturated colours. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  15. rachel, i remember when you made the first mat!! long before pinterest!! good folks is still one of my favorite lines of all time. i still have about 1/4 yard of almost each one!

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  16. So pretty! Did you completely quilt the top layer and then quilt all the way through in a few places to hold it all together?

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    1. Yes, I completely quilted the top layer, to the toweling. Then to attach to the backing, I quilted three somewhat evenly spaced lines and did a wrap around binding.

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  17. What lovely mats, both old and new! I have been saving my AMH fabric for a quilt for myself (I've only made quilts to give away). Thanks for the chance!

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  18. How brave of you to turn that beautiful fabric into a mat - but I love it! If I'm lucky enough to win I might give it a try, cause I need a new one too - that would be after I hug it & rub my face in it for a while!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win. ;) samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  19. I love the idea if making a kitchen mat. I don't know that I would use any "precious" fabric for it though. :-)

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been admiring some new AMH!

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  21. Having been a quilter for a while I am sad to say that my love of AMH is a relatively new thing but now I am fully on board ans super excited about this true colors collection.

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  22. Ooooo, I would absolutely LOVE to win some new AMH! Good folks is my all time favorite fabric line, but since I've almost used it all up, it might be time for some new AMH!

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  23. Beautiful fabrics and a fabulous idea for using them. A mat such a this one would look lovely in my second bedroom. It's so warm and welcoming. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  24. I need new bath rugs so I was thrilled to see your post today. I'm going to make my own rugs now and I can use up some of those pretty fabric scraps I couldn't part with.

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  25. I love the idea to make a kitchen mat. And the fabrics are just so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. AMH fabrics are just so beautiful!

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  27. I love everything "Anna Maria Horner". I'm trying to use up some of my stash this year but I might have to make an exception for her True Colors. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  28. Love it! The colors look great.

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  29. Wow, what a great idea and a beautiful way to put fabrics you love where you will see them regularly!

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  30. What a great mat! I'm impressed that your first one lasted so long. You may have inspired me...

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  31. Just beautiful colors and prints--love the way both the mats came together.

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  32. Those fabrics are so beautiful, thanks for the chance!

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  33. A floor mat is another great project to use some fun patchwork. I like how you appliqued the pieces onto the base material. I'm guessing that was for wearability since true patchwork seams might get strained a little. Thanks for the fun idea!

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  34. Lovely mats (both of them), but I don't think I could let anyone, even me walk on them. They are too pretty. Thanks for the chance to win. dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  35. These are such gorgeous fabrics! I'd love to make a quilt with some of them!

    Kim

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  36. I'd have trouble stepping on AMH fabrics! I would love to win-she's my favorite designer as well.

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  37. I love that mat! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  38. Oh, what a nice idea for some old bath mats. The weight will keep the mat flat and the nonstick is a good idea. Dress them up with some of my favorite fabrics and put them in the kitchen. Gotta leave the sewing room once in a while to make food. Hope to win some bright pretty true colors.Cindy

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  39. love the mat.... great idea using the old towel! I love the true colours collections!

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  40. Love AMH fabrics. Would. It make a mat though. With my filthy dog in this awfully wet winter we are having it wouldn't last 5 minutes. :)
    jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  41. I love your mat, and these fabrics!

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  42. Love this collection! Cat2832@hotmail.com

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  43. I've got very similar experience with AMH fabrics. I bought first AMH fabrics when I didn't actually know anything about designers. I need to think about making such mat for our home - backing is really usefull and clever.

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  44. Love the mat and good idea with the towel.
    Tina

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  45. Very cute mat! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. love your mat, wonderful fabrics you used, thanks for the give-away

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  47. Love both the mat and all the fabrics in that collection! Beautiful

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  48. Cute mat and what I great idea to use an old bath towel!

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  49. gorgeous! i should really make one of those for my bathroom. I already have the non-slip fabric and everything.

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  50. What a great idea! I'm going to add a floor mat to my to-make list. Hoping I win some True Colors so I can use it in my new floor mat. :-)

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  51. Very pretty. I would never have thought to make a kitchen mat from quilting fabrics!

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  52. Another brilliant idea! And thanks for the construction tips! I could use something like this in several places in my house. Add it to the list!

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  53. I love this collection! So lovely. Great idea with the kitchen mat. Love it. --loremont30@gmail.com

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  54. What a great idea for a quilting project! Of course, I wouldn't allow anyone to step on it. I am itching to make my daughter a bed quilt, these fabrics are just perfect. All I have to do now is keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the opportunity of winning.

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  55. Your kitchen mat adds a nice warm Bohemian look to your kitchen. Love the cat shot too. Thanks for the chance.

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  56. I love your floor mat, and your kitty is adorable. I'd love to win the bundle, so many great things to use it for! la dot emperatriz at gmail dot com

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  57. I love the mix of her fabric lines! AMH is such a fabulous designer!

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  58. I need to make a mat now that I know how to sew better than I did when I made my current one... The AMH ones might be my favorite true colors, thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  59. I love the colour choices that AMH makes. They are so vibrant.

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  60. These fabric colors truly are gorgeous, for I have worked with them already. Your mat is so cheerful. I'm thinking of making one for my kitchen. It looks great, Rachel!

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  61. Love these fabrics, but I think I'd have a hard time standing on top of them. They're too pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. I love these patterns and would be so happy to have some to work with! SO many different options, I don't know if I'd ever decide on what to make with it. =)

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  63. I love your mat!
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. So pretty! I would be too afraid to use it as a rug. It would look awesome as a wall hanging! I love your work and your use of colors!!

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  65. Happy new mat! You know, I've seen that mat hundreds of times, but never thought to make my own mat for the kitchen. Right now we just slide the one sad mad from the sink to the stove, but our floors are so cold, I really should just make one. I'm really liking these True Colors collections.

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  66. Would love to have me some true colors - even more, I would love to spend a day with your stash of fabrics, get some pointers on how to put different prints together and make just one great project like a mini wall hanging -

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  67. Ivana
    thank you Rachel for another example of your work, I´m always curious what else are you going to design. and of course i would love to win !!!
    ivana.tvrdonova@post.cz

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  68. Beautiful matt in beautiful colours. I would love to have a go at playing with these fabrics, so many possibilities! Many thanks for a chance to win.

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  69. Love this project! Thanks for the giveaway...AMH is my favorite designer too!

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  70. What a super idea for a mat! I see one of these in my near future....

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  71. I have to make me a kitchen mat! I love all AMH fabrics so thanks for a great giveaway!

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  72. What a great idea Rachel. The mat looks lovely made in these fabrics.

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  73. I love kitchen mats! And I would love to dive into these fabrics!!!

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  74. This is a gorgeous project. And a gorgeous fabric collection! Thanks for the chance :).

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  75. this is so much fun! thank you for answering my questions about your class via email!

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  76. Cute mat! My kitchen rug has seen better days, I may just have to make a little something too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. Love the idea, wish I could have one but mats are destroyed around this house. Maybe by the side of the bed, my side :)

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  78. I totally need to make a mat like that. my current mat came from an Italian grocery store, picked up on a business trip.

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  79. these fabrics are so pretty! thanks for the give-away chance :)
    emily willingham - dalee041790@yahoo.com

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  80. I love that mat. You just gave me the perfect excuse to get new fabric and throw out my old mats. Hopefully I win though so I can save my wallet an ache lol

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  81. I so love AMH. I haven't gotten any True Colors, as I'm on a bit of a fabric diet, but those little nested boquets are so lovely! Thanks for the chance :)

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  82. I would love to win any fabric, but especially AMH!

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  83. Gorgeous fabric and fantastic giveaway!

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  84. these true colors are becoming my new love. :) i hope i win!

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  85. Once again, Rachel, you have inspired me! Ideas to take home from this blog post - using a bath towel, there exists a non-slip fabric that can be sewn at home, that patchwork style (make me think Gangnam style for quilts!) way of constructing, and the way the colours and fabrics make me feel when they are placed together. Oh do please let me win!

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  86. Well, obviously this would be so fun to win! I love your mat, too. Thanks!

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  87. beautiful project. love this line!

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  88. Great Mat Do-over! I am a big fan of your kitchen mat pattern. Mine is getting a little sad itself. perhaps it is time for my own do over.:)

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  89. Oh, me please! I'd love to win!

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  90. Your AMH mat looks wonderful and so much nicer than a purchased rug!

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  91. I have a little bit from this person but I'd love some more.

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  92. Beautiful mat. Makes me want to go and work in the kitchen more often if i have a mat like that. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway

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  93. Love your mat! It looks so pretty.

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  94. Ooh, what pretty fabric. Would love to have them. Thanks for the chance.

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  95. Love this fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  96. That mat is brilliant! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for hosting today and the chance to win.

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  97. Estou vendo todas as postagens desta coleção linda, em todos os blogs indicados.
    Espero poder ganhar estes tecidos de cores vibrantes!

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  98. That rug looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  99. LOVE the mat! I remember when you made the first one. It couldn't really have been in '09 could it? Time flies!

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  100. I love a bit of colour in the kitchen! Lizisquilting at gmail dot com

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  101. This is one of my favorite lines ever! I love your kitchen mat - I'm totally going to make one to match my kitchen. Thanks for a great idea and the no-slip fabric link!!

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  102. Love AMH and love your blog. Your design eye and ideas are always giving me ideas!
    Lizzyp_159 at yahoo.com

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  103. HI, LOVE TO FOLLOW YOUR BLOG!
    THANKS FOR TODAY'S POST!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  104. Great tip about the non-slip fabric. Your kitty looks happy!

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  105. What a great place for some lovely fabric - my kitchen is the family's hangout, dining room, (my) sewing space etc etc so a kitchen mat is a great place for fabric to be appreciated by all!

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  106. Love the mat, I will have to make one in happy colors to brighten up the kitchen.

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  107. Sooo beautiful! Thanks for the chance to own some of this loveliness!

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  108. Very Cute mat! I am thinking I may have to make one for my daughter! =)

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  109. Yes, please! I love all the True Colors lines but AMH's is my favorite.

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  110. Love the mat and fabric collection!

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  112. Your new kitchen mat is oh so lovely! I do have a question for you since you mentioned Coats and Clark thread, do you find it works well in your Juki?

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  113. I do not know if I am a no reply blogger so... raverne at comcast.net

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  114. very cool--I remember that japanese project!
    susaninfrance

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  115. Love your mat. I just made one similar for my bathroom. I would love to win the fabric.

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  116. Wow! I, too, love AMH's stuff.I just saw a tut on this type of mat, but yours is so much cuter. I see a few mats in my near future, kitchen, bath, playmat for grandkids...this collection would be a lovely addition to my stash, without busting my (very small) budget. Thanks for the chance !
    ps - I pinned this.

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  117. Will have to try your mat idea... can't find anything I like already made. Thanks for a chance at the lusciousness of AMH!

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  118. I love the mat, thank you so much for the instructions for making it! I can see a new bath mat in our future.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win some of that gorgeous fabric too!!

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  119. Great FQ Bundle. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  120. The mat is beautiful! Great colors, and I'd love to win my own bundle! I'm enjoying the blog hop.

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  121. Awesome giveaway and great job on the floor mat!

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  122. Oh my, I do so love these True Colors fabrics. And your mat is so pretty, I don't think I could bring myself to put it on the floor.

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  123. Wonderful mix of gorgeous fabrics!

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  124. Wow it would be such a thrill to win some of these fabrics!

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  125. The fabrics are soooo beautiful! Love the chance to win some!!! Thanks!

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  126. Such beautiful fabrics! The uses for these fabrics are endless, I can think of so many great ways to use them!
    raverlygirl@yahoo.com

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  127. What a great project idea. Where did you get your non skid fabric?

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  128. Love the mat and the fabric! I think I saw a sneak peak on Twitter of what Anna Maria is releasing this (?) year and it looked like a reprint of Good Folks! Fingers crossed!!!! I was so happy!

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  129. Love the patchwork mat - just goes to show quilts can go anywhere!

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  130. What a unique idea for using patchwork!

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  131. Thank you! I didn't know this designer well. I am happy to know more about them, especially that these are one-color prints. That may be helpful for the Color Intensive class!

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  132. I love your beautiful kitchen mat! Anna Maria Horner's True Colors are gorgeous. Who can resist them?

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  133. Your mat is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the process with us. Thanks for a chance to win some gorgeous fabrics.:)

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  134. A beautiful mat. I'd have a hard time stepping on it. Thanks for the chance.

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  135. I just love your projects and this is yet another of those I just love. Such a pretty floor mat although I admit I might walk around it to avoid making it dirty because it's so beautiful. lol These fabrics are all so rich looking. Thank you for showing us.
    vburr at charter dot net

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  136. Your mat is beautiful! Love the fabrics!

    jlkelley14@gmail.com

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  137. Love AMH fabric. Dowry is nice top.

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  138. I never thought of sewing a kitchen mat. Thanks for the great project!

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  139. I would love to win some of this fabric. Looks like a great collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  140. I'd love some True Colors. Mats are one of my favorite projects, and I really like the idea of using a towel for batting.

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  141. What an awesome mat! Genius construction and your fabrics/placement works SO well. Thanks for the opportunity to win - I love these True Colors fabrics!

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  142. I would love to win some of this fabric....True Colors are beautiful fabrics!

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  143. Your mat is lovely! I like a practical project, but that mat might be too nice to step all over! :) I'd love to get my paws on some of that True Colours!

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  144. I am loving all the True Colors fabrics. The idea is just so great! I would love to get some of that into my fabric stash :-)

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  145. I really like the Anna Marie Horner True Colors line! I've been contemplating a quilt with them over the last couple of weeks, so I would put them to immediate and good use!

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  146. How clever to use the towel as batting! I've had problems with bathmats that didn't survive very much laundering but this would survive well.

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  147. I love the mat! What a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  148. I'm in love with the whole True Colors line! My hubby and I both need lap (well, recliner is more like it) quilts and I'm seeing so many different patterns in my mind that would be great with the True Colors fabrics. Thanks for the chance of winning some!

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  149. I love this idea! I'm impressed that the original still looks so great after several years of use.

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  150. Everything I've seen made with these fabrics is fabulous. It's also nice to see kitty friends enjoying what we make, mine does all the time.

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  151. Thanks for the "mini" tutorial. Love how you used the bath towel!

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  152. Such a nice idea. I have made bath mats from various fabrics and sold them but am still concerned that are a little slippery. I might check out your non slip stuff. I would adore some AMH. I have long admired her lines, blog and even received one of her books for a gift last christmas. The fabric would be wonderful as I'd love to make a quilt for my bed in her colours. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  153. Thanks for the chance to win some great fabric! I've not acquired any of the true colors yet -- and I really want some! Especially now that I've seen your wonderful mat!

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  154. Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    sharonzisos@iinet.net.au

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  155. Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    sharonzisos@iinet.net.au

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  156. i love your kitchen mats and i have Patchwork Style…thanks for the idea!

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  157. I love the idea of your kitchen mat and I have a roll of the non-slip fabric in the closet just waiting to be used on this! Thanks for a sweet giveaway! patti(dot)mcg(at)verizon(dot)net

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  158. Ahhhh ... Anna. Would not miss the chance. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  159. You have inspired me to make a patchwork mat for my kitchen too - thank you!

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  160. It's absolutely beautiful! I'd not dare step on to it. Haha. I can see myself walking around it in the kitchen!

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  161. Love,love.it`s gorgeous.What a great idea.Thanks!

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  162. Oooh gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win! It would make it a fabulous birthday ;)

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  163. I love this! It's never occurred to me that I could sew a cute little floor mat. Thank you for sharing!

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  164. pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

    Oh wow, that looks so pretty! I would be hesitant on using it as a mat, lol too pretty for my feet!

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  165. What a neat idea!! Love it! Thx for the chance

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  166. What a great way to prettify your home - although I don't think I could quite make myself stand on such prettiness!

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  167. Love these fabrics!!
    amandaviser@gmail.com

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  168. The kitchen mat is so pretty. Never would have thought of using fabric in this way. Zeus Dog may be getting a new mat for his food and water dishes.

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  169. Very cute mat. Never thought about making my own floor mat.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  170. Love the idea of a patchwork mat. Yours is lovely!

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  171. What a great way to get a color coordinated mat! I think I'll make one for my kid's bathroom. A towel as batting is a great idea since they are always leaving the shower curtain liner outside the tub and water goes everywhere! Teenagers!

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  172. The mat is kitty approved so it must be awesome! It is certainly beautiful!

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  173. Love your mat! Love these fabrics, and love the opportunity to win some to play with myself!!!

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  174. I'm new too everything quilting, sewing, etc., and I have already bookmarked sites to buy her fabric! Love it! Your kitchen mat is great and your blog really helps me with inspiration! Definitely put me down for some fabric, go Free Spirit!
    tabithakeener@msn.com

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  175. With this awesome Matt your not slipping any corners !!

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  176. WOW - such great prizes in this giveaway - I am going to try making these mats soon, love the non-slip (pj foot) material on the back of thhe mat. No kitty, so my dog will have to do!

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  177. It never would have occurred to me to make a mat, I'm please to hear you say you still have the original from years ago! You couldn't have picked prettier fabrics :)

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  178. Wow, what a cool idea to make a kitchen mat, and such a beautiful one to boot!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  179. Nice idea and so practical but so pretty! If I win the fabrics I can use them in your Color Intensive class!

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  180. I am so inspired! I'm going to make one like yours. I can't wait! Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  181. oooo! these are gorgeous fabrics! I'm really inspired too! Never, ever woulda thought to make a floor mat - what a great idea....although it would be really hard for me to walk on such pretty fabric! sharonhuismith at yahoo dot com

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  182. I've been meaning to make a mat! You are such an enabler! :D Just ask my husband lol.

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  183. Oh, the non-slip fabric! I bought some to make footie pajamas, and now I know what to do with the leftovers!

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  184. What a fantastic Idea and such a cool mat, a great idea and one I must try. your blogs have given me an insight into using colour and not just sticking to safe colours all coordinating. I've started to get adventurous. Thank you for the inspiration.

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