Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Floor Mat





Friday was a teacher workday and I went in early so I could get out early.
I hour earlier brought me some much needed sewing time.
Well, it would have been great if I would have started working on the sewing pile in my sewing room, but that morning while drinking coffee and scanning some magazines I had picked up at the last quilt show I attended, I saw this rug in a quilting magazine!
I do not know why a rug would be in a quilting magazine but because I needed a rug for my sewing room I was determined to make this.
The pattern called for an 18 inch circle, but I wanted it bigger so I made a 22 inch circle. I had to trace the bottom of my school trash can.
Anyway, since I came home early I made 200 prairie points from scraps and leftover 5inch charm squares since I really did not want to cut into my fabric stash until I was sure that this would come out OK.
Well, I worked from 3pm to 930pm and was finally done. I used 275 prairie points since it was bigger it did require a few more.
I like this.
For some reason , I kept reminiscing that I have seen this in someones house when I was a kid.
I worked on it non stop because I knew that if I put it down, I would not be able to touch it for another week, and the passion may have faded by then. I used fabric that Debbie ( makingquilts blog spot) had sent me from Canada.
Though it was a lot of work, I can just see this is theme colors. Don't you think?
Just added top picture which shows the back of the rug. The pattern called for denim but I used some type of Oxnusburg linen which is quite thick. It is not pretty in the back but as I added the prairie points it did get heavier and heavier.
of course if it gets soiled I will probably hand wash this.
If you want to make one that pattern is in American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar 2000, or just make a 18 inch circle, cut 200-4.5 inch squares for the prairie points or a 22 inch circle with 275 points. I can only assume that the bigger , the more points unless you make the prairie points bigger which actually would be a good idea.
Next time I make one, I will make a tutorial.
Right now I have to make a Poodle skirt for my daughters Halloween party and I hate sewing clothes!

14 comments:

The Quilting Pirate said...

Catching up on blogs, you again have been very busy!!!

What a cool mat, I too don't see the theme, but maybe that is just the picture?

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh Betsy it's beautiful. That's a lot of prairie points. Is there a backing to it? How is it "finished"?

Quilting Cindy said...

Oh my! That is beautiful. Too pretty to put it on the floor. :)I can only imagine the possibilites using theme fabric.

Tine said...

Eeeeeeee! I LOVE IT!!!! It looks fantastic! But...275 prairie points?! That's a lot!! Kudos to you for finishing this in one sitting :-) It looks stunning!

Debbie said...

WOW!!! that is absolutely stunning.... I just love it... what mag is it in.... GREAT job!what a great way to use up scraps...

loulee1 said...

Please tell me you stopped to feed the kids! LOL

It looks great.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Wow that is amazing. And ambitious! So many points!!!! It's lovely. Yeah I'm like stephanie. I want to see how it is on the back.

Jessica's mom said...

That little rug turned out lovely. How does it look in your sewing space?

Emily said...

Wow! This is really cool! Looks very beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Me again! Thanks for showing the back. Happy Halloween costume making.

Karen said...

Wow! Wow! I love that!

Silvana Gonzalez said...

Que hermoso trabajo, pienso que se realiza para aprovechar todos los pedacitos de tela!!! Muy lindos tus trabajos, lo que mas me gustan son los colores que utilizas, la intensidad que tienen, un abrazo desde la Argentina....Silvana

Ginger_Curls said...

Wow! That is beautiful; I can't believe you are going to put it on the floor!!!! It looks like a huge flower.

Purple and Paisley said...

i absolutely cannot believe your rug...it is gorgeous! i've never done prairie points before..i ljust love it!