Sunday, September 1, 2013

September getaway! Ready for a week away.

I have been gathering my stitching stuff and charging my kindle. I also packed 3 decks of cards and a Sudoku book or two. All in anticipation of 6 days away in our new-to-us camper.

Then I decided to make a dish rug for the counter in the camper. It is a narrow counter only 18" deep and the sink fits in the corner, making the counter very odd shaped. I decided to take the rectangular measurements and followed an idea I had seen at Freemotion by the River. Connie has great tutorials for all kinds of useful things using scraps and leftovers.

 I had some 5" squares cut for a class I took from Pat Spaeth at a quilting conference 2012. We made lots of different kinds of block using Pat's nickel quilt method, but I had cut more than I had time to practice with. Long story short, I took nine of the 5" squares and sewed them into a nine patch. ( I know I should have taken pictures). Then I cut those following Connie's disappearing nine patch tutorial on her blog. That made a block that was 13.5 " sq. I needed a rectangle to finish at 16" X 18".  I dug through my blue/purple stash and luck was on my side. I found a piece of the dark fabric that was in the 9-patch. I added a piece on the bottom of the block and then a piece on the end of the block. I sewed that finished rectangle to an old blue towel and VIOLA, I had a perfect dish rug for the camper. Sure, I could have just used a towel for draining the dishes, but this will be so much prettier. Thanks Connie for your great tutorial. I really want to do a string block table runner this winter. My plan is to by no new fabric or patterns in 2014. I need to finish my UFO's, use up the fabric that is overtaking my sewing room.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


  1. All the best for a fun September getaway! The dish rug is pretty and practical.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tutorials and the mat looks great on your camper counter! Have a great time! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Your Dish Rug looks great! Nifty idea to make one for the camper. HOpe you have fun on your trip!