Friday, June 24, 2016

patchwork chenille rug

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
Last summer my friend Tara and her family came to visit. We sat on the floor and played fabric and had a great time dreaming up ideas of things to make. This week I made a bath mat that we brainstormed during that time. It's been on the mental list for at least a year!
It's just a simple patchwork rug, backed with chenille, but I love it so much. It feels good on the feet. (I had the chenille in my special stash of fabrics for a LONG time...so I was happy to finally find a good use for it!)
I cut 48 unique prints of 30's repros (from a stash I inherited last year!) and sewed them together. I bar tacked the layers of the rug together at each junction for stability. I could have hand stitched them, but I wanted it very durable, as this will probably get used and washed a lot. The rug finishes at about 24" x 32". The best part is, I get to hand deliver it to Tara! I can't wait!

Now, it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week! Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday!

25 comments:

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

What a clever idea - and a gorgeous end result - it looks pure bliss for bare feet on either side!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

"We sat on the floor and played fabric" now that deserves to be a line in a short story! Love it!
That little bath mat is adorable. I've been toying with the idea of making one for our camper by recycling an old towel. I love this one. Those 30's fabrics are too cute. It's funny how I wasn't born until 1960, yet these fabrics feel familiar somehow.

Cut&Alter said...

This is a lovely little rug. Like Mary I have the idea of making one with old towels .... i have everything stored ready for the day when I do!!

Judy said...

Cute idea! I would use flannel squares for extra softness under my feet.

Tracybug Creative said...

It's so perfect, and seems well suited for what I've seen of Tara's style!

us said...

That is beautiful! Like you, I've used machine bar tacks to "tie" some of my quilts. Most recently I did it on a baby quilt for a new great nephew, and I used it a few years ago for a different baby quilt. There are just times when I prefer the look of a quilt that is tied (or tacked) over one that is all over quilted. I often don't know what I'm going to do until I actually get to that point and the project speaks to me about what it wants.

Will this be used as a bathroom rug or step out mat from the tub?

artsycraftsyivy said...

I love this! Love repro fabrics! Love the rounded corners especially!

Wendy Tuma said...

What a clever idea for a bath mat! Thanks for sharing!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a sweet rug!!!

Janice Holton said...

Oh, that looks so comfy and homey!! Neat idea!

Lorna McMahon said...

That is a really sweet gift and will remind Tara of happy times spent together talking fabric with you on her visit. Hooray for a finish for a friend!

Jenny said...

You are an inspiration - another great idea. And I must tell you, I've just made my very own "Amanda Jean" scrappy apron, so lovely and colourful!
I love reading your bright and happy blog, full of all things fabricy and colourful!

JoAnne in southern California said...

What a great idea, I have some chenille I had bought for burp cloths I never made. I'll make bath mats. The chenille doesn't slip on the floor? That's my only concern. I think I'll get busy sewing and find out, Thank you. I think I'd want these in my kitchen, so cute!

Susan said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

KathyinMN said...

That's brilliant! You made me go through my stash looking for chenille, which I don't have BTW, LOL, but I did find some other fabrics that were singing to me. Awesome when the creative juices are flowing, isn't it?

Katie S. said...

I just love this idea! Reading your blog is a weekly highlight for me. Always something fun to sew being shared! Thanks for the time and effort you put into doing it. I realize how much easier it is for folks who used to blog to just post pics on Instagram or Facebook these days, but I hope there's lots of other people out there like me who really cherish reading a creative persons actual blog entry. Here's to encouragement to you to keep it going. Katie S.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Cute! I was wondering what your finish would be this week.

Jeri Niksich said...

This is PERFECT, I have been thinking about the fact that I need to make a shower rug to step out of the RV shower on, I was thinking of making a small quilt from a few Charm squares and attaching it to a small hand towel, but this is an even better idea! Thanks so very much!
Jeri

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Mary Burnette said...

I think these will be great gifts for retreat attendees on our next 4 day sewing event! Just a little something to step out of the shower onto instead of the cold floor, or towels which are often used, when away from home!

Hayley Nation-Smith said...

Hi there
have you ever made a baby grow memory quilt? I would love to make one now my baby is growing out of her new born baby grows. Is there anywhere on your blog I could find instructions?
Many thanks
http://homemadebyhail.blogspot.co.uk/

FlashinScissors said...

Your repro fabrics are so pretty! Such a great idea.
Barbara xx

KaHolly said...

What a great idea! She'll love it!

pennylanequilts said...

This looks lovely and the rounded corners are a nice touch! Thanks for sharing. Your friend will love it!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love this bath mat. Such a cool idea.