Monday, May 13, 2013

A trivet and its tale

A trivet

Yesterday I made this trivet - it took all morning, afternoon and well into the evening, full disclosure is important. It is a 10.5" square, the patchwork piece is about 6.25" square. It is made with Liberty Lifestyle quilting cottons, an Architextures print for the background, and navy Essex linen with an insulbright batting to allow it to protect the table from heat. There were a lot of things that led to this my choices for this trivet.

First, the inner patchwork is taken from the pattern for the Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch in Ayumi Takahashi's new book Patchwork, Please! but I made the cover panel a little smaller. I have been enjoying this book.

A trivet

That is a spool of aurafil thread, the one that I used to quilt the navy Essex linen, mostly for scale.

My second inspiration for this trivet was Hadley's version of the Sweet Trips Embroider Pouch which you can read about here on her blog, Flying Blind With a Rocket Cycle. Every time I saw her progress I wanted to make and have that patchwork panel. So I basically copied Hadley, I am sure she knows that is because her idea was fantastic.

A trivet

A long while back I won some of the beautiful Liberty Lifestyle quilting cottons from my friend Sarah who blogs at Sew Me. I have long been wanting to just make something for me from those beauties.

A trivet

The Give Me Liberty sew along that Krista, who blogs at Krista Stitched and Nicole, who blogs at Bold Goods are running has had me thinking of using the fabrics Sarah had sent me in the way that Hadley did to make the beautiful panel in my new book. I will link this up to the sew along, where more Liberty fabric projects can be found.

Last, that new to me, old to the world dining room table needs trivets, and I needed a break from making placemats.

I wish you all a great week, me included.