Kona #scraptasticchallenge

Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s blog post comes with a little ‘How To’ from the delightful Kelly who blogs over at A Place of My Own. Kelly received a scrap pack of Kona Cotton Solids from us last month as she was the winning comment on the #scraptasticchallenge blog post!

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win a scrap pack yourself and have your very own ‘How To’ appear on the blog please read on to the bottom of the post.
When Justine sent me a message on Twitter to tell me that I had won a scrap pack as part of her Scrap Challenge I was really excited. I had said that I would like to make a tablemat with it which I really wanted and the best part was that as it would have a deadline I would Get It Done.

Ever since my Improv class at Fat Quarterly Retreat 2013 with Lucie Summers I had been dying to have a go with all solid fabrics and this was my chance. I had a quick browse through her (highly recommended) book – Improv for Beginners and then just decided to go for it.

I cut all of the scrap pack into strips that were between one and three inches wide and then just started sewing them together. For my fiest blocks I used a piece of paper the size the I wanted my blocks to be (in this case 6.5”) as a guide to make sure what I was making was big enough.

When my sewn together strips covered the paper I trimmed them down to 6.5” squares. I made 4 and then played around with the layout until I liked it and then sewed them together.

Next I made some wonky log cabin blocks, which are so much fun and really fast to make. I did four of these, three with the same fabrics in the middle and one extra small one. Finally I decided to just sew strips together in an offset pattern so that I would have a long rectangle block for one side. Then I just played around with the layout until I liked it and sewed everything together.

I chose a backing fabric and cut it to the same size as my improv piece.

I then cut some batting the same and then put them all together – backing fabric right side up, improv block right side down and then batting on top.

I sewed all the way around the edge leaving a gap for turning. I trimmed the corners and the excess batting to make turning easier and then turned it through. The small gap was hand stitched closed and then I quilted it with straight lines just using the edge of my foot to space the lines. I have never quilted anything as densely as this and I really like the effect.

Here is my mat in use on my sewing table. It is just perfect for using in the middle of the table when we are eating and for putting hot dishes on. I am so pleased with it and I still have a few scraps left over for another project. The finished size was 16” square so the fabric scraps went a long way. Also, there were colours in the pack that I wouldn’t usually choose but everything went well together and it was nice to include something different.

Wow! Isn’t that table mat just stunning?

So to be in with a chance of winning your very own scrap pack please do leave us a comment letting us know what you would make with a scrap pack. The winner of last months bundle is:

Sonia Spence – who said she’d like to make some coasters, we’ll be in touch Sonia!


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