Wednesday, 12 January 2011

A bathmat for my mother


To look at the last three posts one might think that I'd given up on doing anything other than quilting things in the run up to Christmas. It did seem like that at the time. There are non-quilted things to come, I promise. Some of you might remember some hexagons that I was working with before Christmas...you might also remember a Kona cotton jelly roll. Both of these things ended up being turned into a bathmat for my mother.


For such a small thing, this bathmat has an unbelievably large amount of work in it. It is quilted very densely in lots of different directions in the hope that it would create a more slip-proof grippiness to the towelling backing. I love the way that the quilting looks on the towelling - an unintentional bonus.


The colours were all chosen to (hopefully) go well with my mother's bathroom's pale aqua glass tiles (why did I have one of her bathroom tiles in my house? Because I asked for one to use as a coaster last summer because they're so lovely).


Here it is in its new home.


I loved piecing this mat together - from the hexagons, to the solid border, to the rows of rectangles, it all felt like the kind of intricate piecing that I never normally have the patience for.


While I did enjoy the actual quilting, it was also far more time consuming and painstaking than I'd anticipated. To avoid snagging the towelling backing, every single time I turned a corner, or began sewing a new line of diagonal stitching I had to lower the feed dog teeth and then raise them back up again once I'd repositioned the mat...which left me feeling slightly on edge as this was done hundreds of times (no, that really isn't an exaggeration). I had thought of placing a layer of stitch and tear beneath, but the denser the sewing the more it tends to leave behind tiny white flecks caught beneath the stitches ...which may have been more irritating.


I think I'd quite like one of these for our new bathroom once it's finished...but first I'd need to decide what colour we will paint the walls. Inspiration for making a bathmat came from Katy and her beautiful and wonderfully photographed mat...it really hadn't occurred to me that you could actually make your own bathmat until I saw hers.


I also made this little drawstring bag to hang on the back of her bathroom door.


There's something pleasing about using metal hardware. It makes me feel as though I haven't made it myself.


It's odd to be blogging constantly about things made in December, which seems a long time ago and isn't at all where my head is now. The detachment of not being still wrapped up in the excitement of a project as I blog about it makes me feel as though I'm doing a child's Show & Tell to you. And just in case you're wondering where my head currently is, then I'd say that half of it has possibly gone missing without trace, and the other half is immersed in dress patterns and having quite the most amount of fun imaginable. This week I have woken every morning with a chest full of butterflies at the excitement of another day of drawing, tracing, cutting and sewing - it's a lovely feeling to be almost on the crest of making what you hope is going to be a really wonderful dress, even if never turns out quite to be that thing when you try it on (so many abandoned muslins this week). In fact I sent a text message to Mr Teacakes one day this week suggesting that it should be illegal to have so much fun with a chalk pen, some pins and a few metres of jersey fabric. Well, imagine truly believing that the fun couldn't get any better, and then reading that you have authorisation to go downstairs and eat one of your husband's own birthday chocolates...

Excitedly,
Florence x

25 comments:

  1. What a lovely bathmat! Such a great idea. I love the hexies! I bet your mom enjoys using it!

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  2. The bathmat and bag are lovely, such calming colours.
    My comments are hit and miss at the moment as I'm having to use a different computer and it only lets me comment when it feels like it.
    I tried your carrot and wensleydale soup and it was delicious.

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  3. That is so beautiful I couldn't stand on it with wet feet, lol!
    Portia
    xxx

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  4. I never thought I'd sigh with pleasure over a bathmat, but there I go! It's so beautiful. And I am floored at all the lovely Christmas gifts you managed to produce. You've really created treasures!

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  6. Gorgeous bathmat! Color are very light and refreshing...

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  7. What a beautiful mat, I love it! I've just had my first try at using hexagons and loved it so this could be my perfect next project! (pictures of mine on my blog - link in profile)

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  8. Pretty mat- practical pretty things always make for welcome gifts. Latex glue- copydex, makes for good grip on the back, you can also get this in colours designed for grips on knitted slipper socks, Regia ABS Latex (part of coats crafts)

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  9. What a great idea. I would never have thought of making a bathmat but it is perfect and so much nicer than shop ones! have a good week dear Florence x

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  10. The mat is terrific, what a lot of work, but worth it. I envy you you're immersion in sewing, I have resentful piles of fabric glaring at me while I try and get upsides of the washing, ironing etc!

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  12. Wow, that really is a lot of work. Very nicely done. I really enjoy that pattern on the terrycloth as well - it looks so perfectly even. I'm sure your mom will be loving you even more every time she steps out of that gorgeous bath :)

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  13. That is a beautiful mat! I bet this took time to quilt. I love the ide, yet don't know whether I would have the patience...And isn't it just fantastic how much jittery, butterfly tummy fun one can have creating!

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  14. I found the little hints you gave in December very intrigueing and so I'm delighted to read about what you actually made. I would love to have a bathmat like this.

    I know what you mean about the immediacy of making then blogging but if a project takes a while, or is a surprise for someone you can't. With my knitting blog I just couldn't work that fast!

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  15. That is such a great idea!! Great bathmat.

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  16. Wow you really have some patients....worth it though as it's turned out beautifully :-)

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  17. I'm like Miss P - I wouldn't want to actually use such a beautiful bath mat. It's far too pretty.

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  18. I just love what you have been making - i'm sure your dad/mum and mr teacakes are very happy with their presents. Can't wait to see what's next

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  19. making something certainly is good for the soul isn't it :-) fab makes and I can't wait to see your dress!

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  20. I love the bath mat , what a great idea! You have far more patience than me quilting on the towelling material!

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  21. What a beautiful bath mat, the colors are just lovely!

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  22. Your color and fabric choice is so amazing, and your work is so neat!

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  23. that is so pretty...makes me want to make one!

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  24. What an absolutely lovely idea. It's so pretty and the details are so amazing. Congrats on such a wonderfully done project.

    Completely unrelated:

    I've give you an award at http://snowdropdreams.blogspot.com/2011/01/award-stylish-blogger-from-katie.html

    Stylish Blogger Award! Love your blog!

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Florence x