Friday, February 15, 2013

Repurposed Table Mat!


My friend Kelley sends me boxes with scraps and stash and I decided to make a table topper with one of the scrap pieces she has used on another project. The nice thing was, the blocks were already put together, I just added a border. Then I hand stitched the squares with a simple outline stitch in the blocks, then went across with an X in each one. for the outer edge, I used a reverse blanket stitch to edge the line and give it a little added touch. I had some old material that was given to me, that had apple prints, in a large and small version and thought that would make a nice theme for an appliqué. I used some scrap wool I have in a drawer and added the apples in each corner.

For the border, I always make it a big larger so I can fold that to the back instead of using binding. This time I used a mahogany stain, gives it a slight reddish brown tint, so an aged look without being too dark. Now I think I need to make one with Easter colors and a matching appliqué. It is fun to make small mats with your scraps and something you can use on a side table to change with the seasons.

I just added a few things for display, but this will go into the fall box once I make a new one for spring. I was thinking it would be cute to add an A+ in each apple and use as a teachers gift, you are welcome to use the idea.


16 comments:

annie said...

I love it!
love the colors!

Firecracker Kid said...

Very pretty :) You rescued more fabric.

Carol

Jacque. said...

That is darling...and, of course, so loving the colors. That Kelley...isn't she a great friend!

coinguyslady said...

Look great, love the fruit too.

Karen said...

You have such a creative mind, Debbie. Taking left overs and turning them into something useful and and interesting.

Angie said...

This is adorable!

Carrie P. said...

cute!

Anna said...

love how you can just whip stuff up!

moosecraft said...

Gorgeous! I've never seen the reverse blanket stitch... I like it!

Soggibottom said...

I can see you have been busy again Debbie :-) x x x

Cindy said...

Like how you finished this one, Debbie. Very cute!

Anne said...

I love it. Such a pretty "prim" setting!

carolyn smith said...

When you say you used a mahogandy stain, what do you mean? I would like to antique some of my projects.

www.welovequilting.com said...

Inspire me.. I need to get busy sewing. I have been busy clearing out pictures putting them on my computer to save to disk. I have cleaned out 100 years of photo's. I am serious. family members have been getting boxes of them right and left! I am about ready to start sewing.

Gail said...

So cute. I love the appliqued apples and it looks great on your table.

Gail:)

Gail said...

Your counted cross stitch brings back memories. XX was my major hobby pack in the '80s before I learned to quilt. I still have XX charts that I hope to finish someday!

Gail :)