Welcome. This is my first Hop of the year and I'm so happy to be part of it. Carol ( justletmequilt ) has, as usual, come up with a great idea for the group and we're running with it. The guidelines were pretty simple something with a heart that isn't Red.
When I signed up I went searching on line for a design idea. I found this on Clipart and instantly knew that was the design I wanted to use.
Next up was the what. Preferably not a mug rug or pin cushion, my usual go to items when I don't have a plan.
While pulling apart my house for the holidays I came across a mini quilt holder that I haven't used in years and thought it would be a perfect showcase for this piece.
Then I set to work. Several years ago I spent the month of August doing a block a day of raw edge applique and loved it. Well you know how "they" say that to do any free motion work you need to practice, practice, practice. Taking a 2 maybe 3 year break in using a skill is not good.
The first issue I had was that I am using a different machine now than back then. This one is more computer driven. I could not figure out how to drop the feed dogs. I massaged the entire machine for 10 minutes hoping to find the button. Then I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to read and find info on the machines on screen computer manual. Seriously in total it took me 30 minutes to drop them only to discover I had pretty much lost the skill.
Again, what to do with it. I exchange hand made gifts with several friends for Christmas. One of the gifts I received this year was this great dish drying mat.
She included this with the pad just in case I wanted to try it on my own. Yeah we've been friends for a long, long time and she knows me well.
This is a wonderful concept. I have a store bought one of these that I have used for several years but it was just boring black. It did it's job and that was really all that was required and when not in use it was in a drawer.
My new one consists of 2 layers made from a jelly roll with a piece of foam in between. You can use a solid piece of fabric or a pieced block. Just know it will get wet and will more than likely need to go through the washer occasionally. The best part of making it is that you can make it any size or shape that you want depending on the space you have available.
Using this idea and my heart design and some of the Pellon foam I had in the closet I came up with this drying mat.