Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Scrap your way to wonderful "Trivets"

A big thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me back again. I have survived the holidays and am looking forward to a new year of "quilty" surprises. I hope, you all are too.

My name is Joan from MooseStashQuilting, and I have a fun little project to share with you. I, like many of you, have made and loved those wonderful monthly themed projects. There is nothing better than having a new "quilty" every month to decorate with. So lets step it up a bit, and make something that is not only decorative, but functional and can be used daily. How about a new set of clothes every month for it????

Sound interesting?????? Here you have it. Ceramic tile trivets!!
A plain old "cheap" ceramic tile, in a Velcro closed pocket. Did I mention cheap? How does about 50 cents grab you? Yep, that is the cost of these 6" tiles. A few scraps and some velcro and you have all you need. For this one, a 5" quilt block bordered with a 1 1/2" strip will make it large enough to fit the tile nicely. Those leftover pieces of quilt batting are perfect for this project too. I have batted both the front and back, although it really isn't necessary for the back.
So lets get started:

For Valentines day, I have chosen an applique heart motif. My favorite method, is fusible applique, but if you are a needle turn kind of girl, go for it, there are no rules. :-)




I am going to start with a 5" square for the front background. Since I want my heart to pop a little, I have chosen to place a secondary 3 1/2" background square behind my heart. We can all cut out hearts, so let your scissors do the walking and cut something that speaks to you! Once I am all fused into place, I am going to attach my 1 1/2" border strips.




Now lets measure the block, which is 7" square, and cut 3 more pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of batting with that measurement. We are also going to cut a 3 1/2" x 7" piece for the flap. You will note that my lining is a different fabric.





Fold the flap strip in half, so it measures 1 3/4" x 7" and stitch ends. I have marked 1/4" and 1/2" in from each end with chalk. Stitch from the folded edge up, at an angle. It is a little difficult to see the sample, so I have added a drawing to help with this step. Turn right side out and press.






Stack your batting, front fabric (right side up), flap, and lining fabric (right side down) with top edges even. Stitch, flip your lining over, and press.


You can do some random quilting if you like at this point. I have decided that I need a few more hearts on mine. We now have the opportunity to stitch a 6" LOOP piece of Velcro to the back side of the flap towards the folded edge. Please note if you have chosen a fusible applique method, you need to seal the edges with some kind of sealer like Fray Check or Fray Block, to protect from fraying with repeated washings.


Now stack your 2 remaining 7" pieces of fabric, right sides together, on top of the last piece of batting and stitch across the top flipping and pressing just like the front. Stitch a 6" piece of HOOK Velcro to the back, about 1/4"down from the top edge.







Lay the back piece over the front piece, right sides together and stitch down the 2 sides and across the bottom. Trim your bottom corners and turn right side out. Your ready to dress you tile!


Could it really be any easier? Best yet, when it gets dirty, it comes off an goes right into the washer and dryer.

Now changing these out for different seasons, months or holidays will be a snap. What do you think? Better start stitchin and planning for Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, spring, summer, fall... Whew, so many ideas! You can follow me over at MooseStashQuilting for a year of new tile clothes. I will have at least one new "tuxedo" posted by the 5th of each month, for the next year.  I hope to see you there, because we are going to have some fun!  Now head on out, to your favorite home improvement store, and pick up a tile or two. I wonder how a 12" trivet would be?? What a great size for larger pans, and a terrific way to use those orphan quilt blocks. I am off to my Home Depot and as I remember, they have some great deals on orphan tiles, too. See you soon.

Oh yeah, before I forget, I am sending this trivet to one lucky person who wants to start on this adventure with me. If you want to follow along and make your own trivet wardrobe, leave us a comment, and Madame Samm will happily select a winner!

Happy Stitchin!

#37 Kim you are the winner..Joan will connect with you...
neat idea wasn't it? lol. 
we all win!

65 comments:

  1. A fabulous idea and a great gift too. Thanks for such a simple project that my daughter and I can do together.

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  2. I felt for this cute trivet, just adore the heart shapes and this one's just gorgeous, I'm not ashamed to say I'll give it a bite, ops I mean try..., lol

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  3. Fantastic idea! Thanks for the tute.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  4. What a great idea. Think I need to make some! Great gift idea! THank You!

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  5. What a lovely idea! Count me in. :)

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  6. It's a fantastic idea, and so versatile

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  7. What a neat idea ... thank you for sharing! Love your applique heart and your different holiday ideas :)

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  8. Great idea! Can barely wait to get started on one of these AND all the other seasons of the year too to change them out as you suggested. Thanks for the tutorial and have an awesome day!
    denise/deBRAT

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  9. Good Morning Joan...ok, never heard of this, but makes terrific sense...I actually have some large floor tiles still left over from building that I could use for my pie plates...GENIUS....ok, sew I don't get out much these days....but really never heard of this and I like your choices...heartfelt indeed ... and I have some fabric that would be ideal...fancy that ...I have fabric lol...great post

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  10. What a great idea and I can't wait to make one. I'm thinking ahead to presents for the year

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  11. How cool is that! No tiles on hand here but the local home building emporium has tons! Thanks for the tutorial...

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  12. Now that is just too cute!!! I will have to make some of those.

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  13. The mind is racing, have to make some for the deck this summer. I also like Madame Samm's idea of bigger tiles. I host Thanksgiving and that would be great for the buffet.

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  14. These are very cute. I saw some old tiles up in the attic. Perfect!

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  15. That's a super idea. It would make a great Bridal Shower Gift. One Tile with 12 covers for the year! Super!

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  16. Me again...LOL...as I was exiting this page I thought...what a great use for "orphan blocks"...we all know they are part of the stash! Large 12"tile...12"orphan adopted!!!

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  17. Great idea! I'm going to have to make some of these! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I am going to start a set today. Thinking year of Christmas gifting. Thanks

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  19. These are too cute. What a great way to use up some of that stash. Thank you.

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  20. What a fantastic idea! Another monthly project in the works.

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  21. Should I just say "ditto" to the above comments. I should not be amazed at the creativity of quilters but I am!

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  22. This is a great idea! Great for gifts! I want to make some for my kitchen! Thank you for an excellent post!

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  23. What a beatiful idea, thanks for sharing

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  24. It's good to see what the best-dressed tiles are wearing! Cute idea. I can't wait to see each new one.

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  25. Fun way to dress up a table for the holidays (all of them!)

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  26. What a great idea. I love the hearts and thanks for the tutorial too!

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  27. This is a great idea. I love to have seasonal items that can be changed easily. Thanks for the idea.

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  28. Great Idea. I love this and can see myself making plenty.

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  29. Cool Idea... I think I'll make a few for gifts! I just got some awesome Halloween fabric. Yes, I'm thinking that far ahead!

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  30. Wouldn't you know it! Just gave away a boxful of plain white tile! Guess I'll have to go get some more....

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  31. A great tutorial - thank you.

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  32. What a clever and idea! I have some plain tiles in my basement from a bathroom do-over about 20 years ago. Great use of orphans and test blocks too!

    Linda

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  33. What a great new innovative idea, thanks for sharing! Count me in as well!
    Marie

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  34. What a great idea! and so simple (as the best ideas usually are!)
    Thank you

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  35. Gosh! Cute AND practical! Great idea - I'm going to make some up for me, Heaven knows my kitchen table doesn't need ANOTHER burn mark! xo, Nan

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  36. Now THIS is a terrific trivet idea! ♥
    I had always been leary of the other ones soaking through to the wood on the table - I would use one of these! (wink)
    It would be GREAT to win this, YEAH! I want to make one - a whole "wardrobe" of them!
    Kim

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  37. Wow, great idea! These would make perfect Christmas gifts...maybe it's time to plan ahead!

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  38. I am so in on this one. Can you say Christmas gift made through the year. Then used through the year. What a great gift for my girls.

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  39. How cute! To come up with something completely new and different is just amazing. Now I'm sure finishing something little like this is within reach of anyone. Super great idea.

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  40. Oh! This is wonderful. I am gonna make matching potholders and trivets for hostess gifts....and me!

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  41. What a wonderful idea!! And I do have some orphan quilt blocks that I could use! Love this! Thank you so much for a great post.

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  42. What an absolutely wonderful idea!! I even have a couple of tiles I can use already. :) Thanks so much for this tutorial. blessings, marlene

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  43. Well, how did you come up with this cute idea??? How ingenius!! I'll have to go back and reread the tutorial but I love it. I need ONE more thing to get addicted to other than MUG RUGS! *wink* *wink* Thanks a lot Joan!! I will send you my rehab bill
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  44. This is such a cute idea that I am in! I love making hot pads and I love the idea of the tile, you are so cleaver.

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  45. This is beautiful! I love the colors and fabrics you used. I would love to make some of these. Thanks for the pattern.

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  46. What a terrific idea!! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

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  47. I've seen a number of trivet patterns - but this looks so much easier. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial and great gift idea.

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  48. Great Idea!! Love this project and I will have to make some up. Thanks.
    Mary

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  49. This is a very clever use of bits of fabric...I love it! It can be as coordinated or scrappy as one likes. I'm thinking...string blocks for the trivet tops. Fun...fun...fun!!

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  50. Thanks for the clear tutorial. So very cute and a great use of scraps and orphan blocks - what more could you ask for. Mug rug AND trivet- great gift combo.

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  51. This is a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  52. I love this idea -especially for the holiday dinners! Looking forward to a trip to the hardware store and getting a couple tiles to give this a try - now off to follow MooseStashQuilting!

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  53. What a great idea! I wanted to make a little something for my mom for valentines and this would be perfect. Then I can make new covers for each holiday. Thanks so much!

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  54. What a great idea! Sounds like a great project!

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  55. I have some tiles that were left at this house when I bought, yeah another project to use up leftovers. A tile for every month and then for gifts. Thanks!!

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  56. Oh my gosh!!! pickin cute! this came at the perfect time too. this year I have decided to make a gift by the 25th of each month. last month was potato bags! this month Trivets!! love the idea about the 12" tiles. perfect! Now, to go and look at your blog..... this is going to be soooooo fun..... please put my name in the hat.....

    Lorene

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  57. It just so happens that I have a box of random tiles from different remodel jobs! WOOT! WOOT! And of course, I have a TON of scraps... HOORAYY!

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  58. What a lot of fun. Thank you for providing great instructions.

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  59. Great project and love your quilt design, this looks like fun!

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  60. Just what I need! I'm tired of running out of potholders and kitchen towels to put the hot dishes on -- these are great! Thanks for the idea and tutorial. Nancy (mnthone49@aol.com)

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  61. What a fabulous idea. Thank you for sharing. I'm definitely going to be making some of these.

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  62. I love this new way to showcase special blocks and what a great gift idea.

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  63. Very cute, looks like a lot of fun!

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  64. Thank you Joan!
    I'm excited to be the WINNER of this wonderful trivet! Can't wait to receive it, I've sent you my vitals!

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
    Kim ♥

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