It’s beginning to feel the tiniest bit like fall here in Idaho (my favorite season of the year!), and I’m happily back at home catching my breath and fuelling up on coconut mochas after teaching workshops for the Buggy Barn’s annual quilt show in Reardon, Washington. I love those girls! Both Pam and Janet have talent oozing from their fingertips, a quilt shop to die for, and they still manage to be two of the nicest and most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.
During my visit, one of the classes I taught featured my Country Haven quilt designed using my debut line of fabrics for Henry Glass…somebody pinch me! I can’t even describe what it felt like to see block after block taking shape, with each one just a little different than the last. And for the first time EVER in one of my workshops, everyone got so caught up sewing their patchwork that we nearly forgot (gasp!) to squeeze in the appliqué.
One of the things I absolutely love about quilting is that I always seem to have little snippets and bits of leftover fabric from each of my projects. Do I throw these away? Nope! I always stash them safely in my scrap basket and rescue them for future projects. And because I’m a quiltmaker, not being able to part with 1” scraps of fabric still means that I’m considered to be delightfully normal…right?
Anyway, after finishing my Country Haven quilt I found that I had scads of perfectly good scraps on hand. Being the thrifty and frugal soul that I am, I turned these into a fun little patchwork center, added an appliquéd border, and presto! The result is a quick and easy candle mat that I call “Country Bramble”. This little 18 1/2” square quilt is a perfect way to give new life to your scraps, so I’m passing it along here for you to enjoy, too.
I wish you many happy hours of sewing, and may your seam ripper grow lonely from neglect!
To see more images and information about Kim Diehl and her designs you can go to her own website at http://www.kimdiehl.com/ Her newest line, Country Haven, is in stores now.
We also have a Free Project using this design which you can see on our website at www.henryglassfabrics.com and go to NEW FREE PROJECTS. Have Fun!