The end of 2007 also saw the close of the year-long Amy Butler In Stitches Sew-Along project in which I participated. Hosted by Kelli of Africankelli and Finny of Finny Knits, we learned new skills and discovered many creative ways of thinking about the things we make.
Our final assignment was “Dealer's choice: pick a pattern from the book you love and give it your own spin.”
I took the “give it your own spin” part literally and kind of created an unofficial Amy Butler In Stitches project as my final effort. I made two patchwork mats for the tops of my washer and dryer. I wanted a clean start for 2008 and a revitalized laundry room felt right.
By modifying Amy’s instructions for the Patchwork Handbag (which was our last project) and using leftover fabric pieces from that project, I was able to make both mats. This also makes it a “use what you have” project as I didn’t have to buy a single thing.
The mats are interfaced with Warm & Cuddly natural cotton batting and the back is a solid dark red. I only photographed one to give you the idea of my completed project.
A new Sew-Along for 2008 is planned but I don’t know the details yet.