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! 


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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

  8. This is so beautiful Deb, I just love it! Oh I had better keep those teeny tiny strings.....Thanks for sharing.
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  9. So pretty. Love that quilting on it.

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


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