Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sushi Plate Lunch Mat

Normally I'd be doing a Vintage Holiday Quilt post right now. Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish my quilt top until after dark, and I just couldn't bear to take an indoor picture of this one. Tomorrow morning I'll get a shot of it on the back patio and have a post for you before lunch, so be sure to check back. I'm so happy with how it turned out!


The incredibly talented Kristy of Quiet Play gave me the chance to test one of her upcoming paper piecing patterns: Sushi Plate. This is my third try at paper piecing, and I love it more each time I do it. This pattern was so much fun to put together.


I used the newspaper print from Maude Asbury's Crabtastic collection for the background. I love using text prints, and this one fit the theme so well that I had to include it somewhere. The rest of the block is made from scraps by Lizzy House, Cosmo Cricket, Violet Craft, Joel Dewberry, and Michael Miller. I added a border of grey linen to make it the right size for my husband to use it as a lunch mat at work in his classroom -- large enough for a plate but narrow enough to fit on the edge of his desk below the keyboard. The back is just a single piece of the orange Jewels print by Lizzy House which I used for the fish on the front. While the mat edges look slightly wonky in the first photo, they're actually straight -- not really sure what was going on there, but it was probably the linen acting up a bit for the camera.


This project was such a delight from start to finish.  Be sure to check Kristy's blog if you'd like to snag a pattern for yourself in the weeks ahead. I've come to enjoy pattern testing so much. If any of you are ever looking for someone to test a new pattern of yours, just send me an email at hjstaples@gmail.com. I'd love to help you out!

Linking up to Manic Monday, Let's Get Acquainted Monday Link-up, and the return (yippee!) of Sew Modern Monday.

21 comments:

  1. Lucky you to test Kristy's cute, cute pattern! You did it justice, to say the least, too. Your piecing is divine and your fabric choices brilliant! Isn't it strange how a piece that looks square and nice in person looks wonky in a photo? What's up with that??!!? And you're right, that linen is real pesky that way. Thanks for sharing your lovely sushi mat!

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  2. Fantastic! You did such a good job - great fabric choices! Love the idea of making it into a placemat too!

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  3. I love your version of Kristy's block! I bet you had fun picking out the perfect fabrics.

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  4. That's really sweet - what a lovely piece! Your fabric choice have worked so well.

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  5. Your sushi placemat is fun and pretty! I also love the fabrics you used!
    I am a new happy follower!

    Susie
    www.SusiesSunroom.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh my goodness, so cute! Perfect as a placemat. Well done.

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  7. Mmmmm...sushi. This is making me crave sushi.

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  8. I love it, so cute! Your fabric choices are fab, I'd been interested in the sushi pattern but couldn't figure out what type of fabric I'd use.

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  9. I love that sushi! Great job on the paper piecing!

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  10. Awesome, I love this mug rug/snack mat! I may just have to try it!!

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  11. Dude, this is so flipping cute. I'm terrible at paper piecing (okay, I've only tried once), but you rock at it!

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  12. That is such a fun version of Kristy's block - as always, I love your fabric choices.

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  13. Well done it looks great, I must find time to do some paper piecing - one day!

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  14. Fabulous! I love the fabrics you have used and its got a real retro look to it too! Lisa (aka Dotty bird via sewhappygeek)

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  15. I'm the lucky recipient of this block - she designed it for my month of our paper piecing bee :D I'll be making a wall hanging for our kitchen, but I LOVE the idea of using this as a placemat!!

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  16. This is so super cute! I just made a small place mat for my cat, Carlton, and now I wish I'd seen this one first. Perfect for a person or a kitty :)

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