What do you do with 2 left over blocks that were made using the Strip Tube Ruler and 1 1/2″ strip tutorial?
How about another Dish Rug! I use a towel for the backing and no batting.
I have made several and have another Tutorial here.
Here is what I did with my 2 orphan 6 1/2 inch blocks – I added enough 6 1/2 inch blocks to make a 9 square block like shown. I wish I would have had more of the deep pink that would have been prettier but I only had a tiny strip left.
We are making another D9P (disappearing 9 patch). Cut as shown which should give you 3 inch cuts through the center blocks. I have lots of other things I want to do with this type of block! Then the fun is deciding which way to turn the blocks.
I decided to go with this design.
Notice when I sewed the blocks together I left a “turning space” – just like you would do with a lined purse so I can sew all the way around my block and turn it right side out with no seam on the edge.
I laid my block right side down on a towel and then stitched a 1/2 seam around the entire outside. If you have a serger this would be a perfect time to use it!
Remember the opening we left in one of the seams…..I left mine big enough to get my fingers in so I could turn the mat side out.
My top stitch seam is at least 1/2 from the seam…..you want to get
past the seam allowance which is bulky. My old 15-91 Singer has no
problem going through this bulky towel but you might want to stitch
I have made them before where I did some free motion quilting but on this one I just folded the seam lines and then did a X. The dish rug finished at almost 17 inches square.
I have been tickled to see people making things from my tutorials! If you do please let me know!