Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Just a fun project --with update

   I loved how this one turned out!  From a pile of trimmings came this snack mat---bigger than a mug rug really.   I stitched lots of rows on it..... random rows spaced from 1/8" to 3/8" apart....with a variegated thread.  That way I can be sure those slivers are not going anywhere.  The batiks are tightly woven and probably would not fray that much anyway.   I used a large print with butterflies on the back.


   Sir Old Man thought it looked like a landscape.  I love the texture and  I think I need to make another one to have a pair!
Update to this post:
   I was asked for specific details on this, so here is my "recipe" for this snack mat.

  • Batting cut 9 1/2" by 12 1/2"
  • Fusible Heat and Bond Lite cut to exact size of batting 9 1/2" by 12 1/2"
  • Fuse the heat and bond to the batting.  Remove the paper and save  to use for pressing sheet. 
  • Lay strings and slivers of batiks across the batting.  The fusible provides a tacky surface to hold them in place.  Cover the entire surface of the batting in this way.
  • Fuse the stings to the batting.  Use the paper from the fusible as a pressing sheet---save your iron from getting messy.  
  • Cut backing fabric--slightly larger than the fused batting.
  • Quilt row after row of parallel lines.  I did not try to be exact, and varied my width slightly with each row of stitches.  Row vary from 1/8" to 1/4" to 3/8" apart.  I used a heavier quilting thread that was variegated in color.  
  • Trim sides after quilting.  Attach binding of your choice.  I used a narrow zig zag to finish off the binding on the front.  Done! 


13 comments:

  1. How cool is that!! Oh, I may have to play.

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  2. This is great! They remind me of the bamboo mats we had years ago, only in batik colors! Great idea!

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  3. Very pretty, Debbie. Never would have thought to do something like this. Great job!

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  4. I have some small bits from a project that just might be fun for doing this!

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  5. I really like it. Stitching across the strips looks great.

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  6. You've used some of my favorite colors. Are the strips fused down? It's very pretty.

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  7. Love your snack mat. This is a nice size for a small lunch placemat. Very interesting technique. You did not stitch the edges of the batik strips, right? I do not use fusibles much so I am a bit clueless about their use. The quilting (which looks very effective) is enough to hold it together when washing? I have to try this. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  8. This is so beautiful Deb, I just love it! Oh no......now I had better keep those teeny tiny strings.....Thanks for sharing.
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  9. So pretty. Love that quilting on it.

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  10. So pretty, I love it. I am planning on doing some straight line quilting soon.

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