I finally finished the napkins, or more honestly, I finished the napkins that had all parts cut out. I still have six napkins to go but the linen isn't cut so... not my problem.
Here they are as a set:
Now the other thing I hate about sewing is all the attitude:
Everything must be squared off. CONFORM!
Bind all the raw edges!
Wibbly bits! I cast you out. Off with you; you're trash!
Wibbly bits are my favorite part! So, imagine how unimpressed I was when I washed and ironed my beautiful fat quarters (sad name, hate calling them fat. How about Rubenesque Quarters? Or Womanly Quarters?) there was a bunch of non-conformist edge dwelling thread friends. What to do?
Well, I cut them to fit the role they were designed for - you gotta grow up someday. *sigh*
But I left my heart on the cutting room floor... :-(
Then I scooped them up into a riotous color pile at the edge of my desk and smiled at them daily.
I've wanted a dish mat (or is it dish pad?) ever since I saw them on a flurry of blogs last winter. I think Jen from Tatertots and Jello popularized them but they were so many places I'm not sure who to credit with the idea. The trouble was, I didn't want an orderly, straight lined, proper (perfectly lovely) dish mat... but I didn't want an "artistic" one either - it's going to be doing hard labor so it has to be friendly with the washer and dryer. What to do?
Yesterday when looking at my lovely uneven edges and selvages I realized I had my answer.
It's gloriously imperfect. Some are quilted properly, some have frayed edges. There's zig-zag stitches and straight. I needed a little text in there and many of the pieces were happy to volunteer - aren't the color dots and meadowsweet wonderful?!?
The entire project was made of those rough edges - I wonder if Chris thinks the same about me somedays? LOL.
A dish mat is a great use for an old well-loved towel and some scraps of fabric. I highly recommend giving this project a try if you're so inclined. I took some "in process" photos so if anyone has any (simple) questions about how it's made. Just let me know.
Good thing I could gaze on my wonderful new dish mat last night as I had a
MOUNTAINof dishes after making the best meal I've ever eaten in my whole life. Chris and the kids requested it for Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving and all their birthdays - yeah, it was that good. We had Shrimp Boil on a Stick with Lemon Thyme Butter:
The photo does zero justice to the spicy, flavorful mouth-party that this meal was. Oh my goodness!
So ladies - what did you finish, please share your successes.
P.S. Here's the 2nd dish mat I made, lots of pink strawberries on this one:
P.S.S. At least personally, I'm morphing Finishing Week into Finishing Fortnight because I'm on a serious roll around here and it feels so good.