I am thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the Oakshot Table Linens Challenge by Sew Mama Sew. I was sent a fat eighth bundle of Oakshot cottons in Lakes. Kristin asked me to make a set of trivets.
These lovely fabrics were telling me that they wanted to be improv piecing, so I cut strips and did some improv curves. The colors and the piecing remind me of stormy seas.
For the second trivet, I made a friendship braid using the technique from the craftsy class, Cut to it. This was one of the better classes I've taken--I'd highly recommend it. (I am not a craftsy affiliate and I paid for the class all by my lonesome. it was totally worth it). I was worried that the oakshots would stretch out on the bias but they held their shape nicely.
I used a layer of Insulbrite and a layer of Quilter's Dream Wool batting. I like using wool for potholders and trivets because it's poofier and more insulating than cotton. I matchstick quilted the improv trivet and it really flattened out, while the friendship braid trivet with it's less dense wavy lines retained more dimension. The backing is from the Art Gallery Indelible collection and the bias binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch in Charcoal. I used a pot lid and drew around my quilted squares then cut out the circles.
I think this set dresses up the table quite nicely, and I look forward to using them the next time we have company! Be sure to check out all of the other participants and Sew Mama Sew is giving away a bundle of Oakshots Oct. 22-25, so keep an eye out.