After my successful attempt at making the fan bag, I decided to tackle another one of the projects in Suzuko Koseki's book Patchwork Style: 35 simple projects for a cozy and colorful life -- this time the floor mat.
As I have come to expect from Koseki, the instructions were quite straight forward and left little room for confusion. In fact this mat took me a few hours to complete from start to finish. The most time consuming part was actually deciding how I wanted to arrange the fabric squares onto my linen background. Additionally, I loved that ideally this project could use a lot of my scraps. So I went shopping in my stash and pulled a charm pack of blue and green solids which I then combined with a few of my favorite green and blue prints. I had fun experimenting with different styles of straight line quilting. I think that it really shines, especially on the solids.
I think if I were to do this again I would fray check my fabric squares, or perhaps cut around them with my lovely pinking shears to help reduce the amount of fraying...a lot of my solids frayed quite a bit which was somewhat frustrating to deal with. I also used 2 layers of batting as suggested, but I think next time I will put a towel or something as the batting to make it a little softer.
I love this floor mat and can totally see a few more in my future...the possibilities are endless!