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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quilted Candle Mat - Take 2!

After seeking your advice on my first candle mat's worthiness as a swap gift, I decided to make a new one and keep my Adoring mat for myself. I also double checked my swap partner's color preferences and blue was not among them, so it's probably a good thing I decided to try again anyway!

Here's what I came up with for my second round of quilted candle mat...

Quilted Candle Mat - Take 2!This one is made using Makin' New Friends by Deb Strain for Moda. I had recently picked up a few charm packs from Blueberry Buckle on Etsy and this was one of them. I love all the prints in it and the colors are perfectly Christmas!

Quilted Candle Mat - Take 2!This is just the top which I pieced together last night after I put the little ones to bed and while my husband watched the Celtics. Such a romantic evening together! I was extra careful to cut each piece exactly to the measurements, and to stitch each seam exactly at 1/4 inch.

I think I will use fusible fleece for the batting since I seem to have much better machine quilting results with the fusible over the regular batting. I am going to back it using ecology cloth which is a nice quality muslin that I use for lots of my projects, and I will bind it with that as well.

I considered embellishing the corner squares on this mat, but after looking at it for a while, I have decided that it is already busy enough. So a simple binding of muslin and no extra ornamentation ~ that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

My daughter has already asked if she can have my first mat, so I guess she liked it well enough! I told her she could have it when she moves out, which I'm pretty sure won't be for another many years, but in the meantime we will use it right here on our dining room table at Christmas time!

Happy Stitching!

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  • I liked both of your candle mats, but I think this one was even more beautiful. I think exercise makes perfect! I also made one first to try it out. I didn't use 1/4 inch seam at that one so it turned out to be smaller. Then I did it right on the next one. It is so fun to see how different the candle mats are, we have used the same charm pack but they are totally different :)

    By Blogger Marit Johanne, At October 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

  • Oh I love it and so will she! Darn, I was hoping to ask for the first one, guess your daughter is a good choice!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At October 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

  • I love this mat, Mary Grace!! Really sweet fabrics!! That's an excellent compliment that you got from your daughter if she has asked if she can have the candlemat. :-) My partner did not choose Christmas colors so I will be using other fabrics but I am going to make some for gifts for friends and will be starting the process right after Halloween!

    By Blogger Sandi Linn Andersen, At October 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

  • Hello Mary Grace, beautiful work and choice of colours...absolutely love it...hugs lyn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 28, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

  • I luv it! The fabrics are a wonderful choice and perfect for the holidays! Great job!

    By Blogger becky, At October 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

  • It's beautiful. I love this fabric and the design. I've never tried fusible fleece, but I will have to give it a go. It's a lovely mat that the recipient will be happy to receive.

    By Blogger Joanna, At October 28, 2010 at 11:28 PM  

  • Love these fabrics! Very Christmasy.

    By Blogger Cynthia Gilbreth, At October 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

  • Oooh! I love those fabrics, expecially the green background with the little sprigs gaily tossed about. What a lovely candle mat. Lucky swappee! (Is that a word?)

    By Blogger WendyBee, At October 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

  • Great candle mat and fabric choice MG!

    By Blogger Myra, At October 31, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

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