Designed for the Making No. 3 / DOTS publication, this patchwork pattern by our very own Amber Corcoran, is a PDF download of the individual pattern.
I have been enamored with all things indigo lately, and found the inspiration for this patchwork project in shibori techniques. Much like shibori, the process for piecing this table mat is done by hand—each circle freehand cut without the use of a template. Simple curves, repetitively cut and sewn become almost meditative to create. Allowing the hand process to dictate the result creates a softer pattern, beautiful in its slight imperfection.
Once finished, the 20" [51 cm] x 20" [51 cm] block is a great size for a decorative table mat. Alternatively you can stitch it into a throw pillow, or make multiple blocks to stitch together into a quilt.
I used Insul-bright as batting in my sample. This thermally reflective batting protects hands and tables from hot dishes. It even gives the table mat an additional function: lay it on top of a covered dish to keep it warm, or fold it around frozen foods to keep them from thawing as quickly. For a more natural version, instead you could use a few layers of cotton batting in your table mat.
• 1½ yard [137 cm] of 44" [112 cm] wide Background Fabric (Fabric A)
• ½ yard [46 cm] of 44" [112 cm] wide Circle fabric (Fabric B)
• ⅝ yard Insul-bright or 21" x 21" [53.5 x 53.5 cm] piece of batting
• Rotary Cutter
• Cutting Mat
• Acrylic Ruler
• Turning tool
• Walking foot for your sewing machine