Two iPhone mats, a winner and OMG

IPhone Mats
My husband requested two iPhone mats – thats what I’m calling them. He never asks for anything, and gives me so much, so it was really easy to do. I asked him whether he wanted binding or not; he wasn’t sure.

Some of my processed stash

The designs were wide open, but kind of small so, I started cleaning up some scraps.  I have been meaning to get at it for awhile, and have joined Tish and Wendy in it.   I’m not on a deadline, but am glad that I got this done.  Let me tell me you, that was a good idea. I have been meaning to chop up some of the things I have, so I started there. I used my Sizzix Big Shot* and it was really efficient.  There are a few more piles I will attack – I am not putting them away one more time.  In doing it, I ran into fabric I love, and found some companions and a simple design was born.

I made 12 half square triangle units in 3 pairs – 4 black print with blue, 4 black print with beige, and 4 beige and blue. These were finishing at 2 1/2″. I sewed them together in this little pattern and I was pleased. A 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ backing and batting were cut for each. I sandwiched them: front sewed units and back right sides together, batting on the bottom. I usually I sewed around the piece leaving a 2 ” opening. Then I reinforced the corners, trimmed, turned it so inside out, and then sewed around the edges to close the opening. img_4999-3928463999-1544193104629.jpgWINNER..and another giveaway soon.
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I had a winner on my blog for the Virtual Cookie Exchange. PatB won;  it was fun as she is local! She blogs at Life in the Scrapatch and lives in Lowell MA.  Lowell is a wonderful town that is the home of New England Quilt Museum. It is a great visit as is the Lowell National Park-my husband went to the National Park with friends in the fall [I was prepping dinner] and they loved it. If your in the greater Boston area, put it on your list.


Since this is the season of giving, and the fabric doth overflow, there will be another giveaway next week or the week after – just have to get it together – you know we need a little Christmas here and I have done nothing about it.

As the month seems to be flying by, and I spent two days at a funeral and three days with a stomach bug, I am going to go with my Island Batik Project. Whimsical and Wonky is the theme, and I am not feeling to inspired. I do have one or two thoughts, but haven’t quite settled one – and not even on the fabric. So, for now, I will give you a reminder of what fabrics I received in February and July and I crossed out some that are really gone. If you have an idea let me know!


I continue to work on planning a few quilts and bought some fabric to finish one.  That is on my quarterly list, but I don’t think it will be quilted, but will be ready to quilt before the end of the year!

Linking up:
Elm Street Quilts:  OMG
TishNWonderland:  UFO Busting
Busy Hand Quilts:  Finished or Not Friday
Janda Bend Quilts:  Pieceful Sunday


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  1. December 7, 2018 / 10:36 AM

    Phone mats are a new item for me…. It is always nice when the man of the house ask to have something made…

  2. December 7, 2018 / 10:47 AM

    Hi Kathleen! I’m sorry – I don’t have a suggestion for whimsical and wonky, but those fabrics. They look so delicious – I really love that red print with the swirls in your first picture. You just need a minute to think and concentrate creatively for a bit and you’ll have an idea. Don’t stress over it!! Happy Happy Friday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      December 8, 2018 / 12:11 PM

      That’s ok Roseanne. I tried a loosy goosy hexie which was okay, but didn’t float my boat. Something will soon. I was thinking of wonky candy canes at some point – not sure what that would mean.

  3. December 7, 2018 / 11:11 AM

    Your husband asked and I love that you delivered :) I love the kind of checkered fabrics in the second picture of the batiks. It kind of has an Alice in Wonderland feel. I do hope the rest of this month finds you feeling better…it’s holiday cheer time! Can’t want to see what you decided to do for your Wonky challenge.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 8, 2018 / 12:09 PM

      It would have been cruel not too, the man needs and asks for little. I, on the other hand, am a little more demanding. Like the thoughts about Alice in Wonderland – not unexpected from you. I finally feel like myself again – took longer than it should have for what was less than 24 hours of symptoms. Wishing you a cheerful holiday season.

  4. December 7, 2018 / 5:05 PM

    Neat idea. But I’m curious what hubby is going to use the iPhone mat? I love the idea of cleaning up and using up some scraps too.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 8, 2018 / 12:06 PM

      Hubby said his phone was difficult to pick up off the night table or desk sometimes, and he thought that might work. He keeps telling me it is perfect! I guess it was what he wanted. He might need a bigger one next upgrade, but he is slow to do that, so I am not too worried. He’s the last one to go to new technology.

  5. Patty
    December 8, 2018 / 9:29 AM

    Sounds like a great theme for making a quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 8, 2018 / 12:05 PM

      Thanks, Patty. I do think it will be a fun quilt, once I figure out where I want to go with it.

  6. December 8, 2018 / 9:32 AM

    I’ve never even thought of phone mats until I saw your post. Great way to use up scraps. My scraps need tending again; they are growing. I’ve just been distracted by making so many things! Haha! Here’s where my thoughts went with the Wonky — thinking Christmas, I think of the Dr. Seuss Grinch movie (not the Jim Carey one) and the wonky trees and other wonky things in the town. If you want to veer away from Christmas, take a look at some of the work of Rex Ray on Google or Pinterest. His work is improv, but he does have some pieces that make me think a bit of what I call “controlled wonky”.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 8, 2018 / 12:06 PM

      Maybe my hubs invented something with the iPhone mat. He likes having it so much, such a little thing. Distracted is my middle name at this time of year – anything but what I should be doing! Thanks for the suggestions – I will check out Rex Ray – a new name to me.

  7. December 8, 2018 / 4:38 PM

    Comforting to hear that I’m not the only one who usually takes half of the month to decide on the damn fabric to use (not that the fabric is damn fabric; it’s damn gorgeous; it’s just damn DIFFICULT to decide for me!!!) and then settling on just one design… anyhow, I love the iPhone mats. They have a masculine vibe! I haven’t finished quilting November’s challenge, and have a vague idea for December’s…

  8. December 8, 2018 / 11:12 PM

    iPhone mats, how cool! They look great and I’m happy to hear hubby likes them.
    Congratulations to your cookie exchange winner.
    Cute giveaway logo Kathleen, I love pusheen kitty!

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