Are you getting board yet with posts about my kitchen? I warned you yesterday that I may try a rug today. It's another project from a book that I've kept in the back of my mind then seeing Amanda's I decided to give it a try. I based mine roughly on one from this book.
What do you think?
What? Don't you keep your tea kettle on your kitchen mat? Me and Miss Machine Made Patchworks Lady do.
From what I can tell the mat in the book is assembled by sewing the fabric pieces onto a piece of fabric with the edges left raw. The backing fabric is cut larger all the way around and folded to the front for the binding. I wasn't sure how it would hold up to traffic with the raw edges so I sewed my strips together. It is backed with canvas with cotton batting between. I just did some random machine quilting and the binding is canvas. I didn't think I was going to have enough to do the binding but I remembered several re-dos ago, I had simple curtain panels made from a canvas drop cloth. So like Scarlett O'Hara I cut up the curtains. Drop cloths are a cheap source for heavy cotton canvas.
I'm not one to be defeated by the likes of a tiny, mutant oven mitt, so I made another one. This time I scanned the pattern, enlarged it 400% and this is what I came up with.
Better don't you think? It fits nicely and actually has a thumb.