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25 Jan 15:13

qayg scrappy trivets {a tutorial}

by Svetlana
I'd like to share a super simple scrappy project with you today.

Don't these scrappy trivets/ snack mats look fun? And you know what? All you need to make them are some fabric scraps, leftover batting, backing fabric, and just a little bit of time.

Each trivet finishes at 8" square and I absolutely love how they all turned out (I do have to admit gray and gray and mustard ones are my favorites, though).

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Here's a quick how to in case you'd like to make a few of these yourselves.

To make one 8" trivet you will need:
scraps (either random ones or separated by color)
two 10" squares of batting (use cotton only, or you could use one batting and one Insul-Bright if you want your trivet to be heat proof)
10" square of backing fabric

1. Sort and press your scraps.

2. Make one approximately 10" qayg block using one batting square and assortment of scraps and following this tutorial.

3. Trim your finished block to 8.5" square. (I usually draw an 8.5" square on the block and use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch inside the perimeter of  the drawn square to secure my quilting stitches before cutting out the square). Cut your square out.


4. Lay remaining batting (or Insul Bright) square on a flat surface. Place backing fabric right side up on top, then place finished block right side down. Align the edges, pin all the way around.

5. Use 1/4" seam allowance and stitch all the way around the perimeter of your trivet "sandwich" making sure to leave about 3" opening in one side for turning. Clip the corners, press the seams open.

6. Turn your trivet right side out through the opening, push the corners out, smooth out the edges, press. Clip/ pin the opening closed.

7. Use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch all the way around the perimeter of your trivet (you'll stitch the opening closed as you sew). Backstitch at the end. Trim any stray threads, press, and you're finished.

Super easy, wasn't it? And such great fun to use up some scraps. 

I hope you give these trivets a try. And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on IG. I love seeing all your amazing creations.

Happy Monday, friends! Svetlana

18 Nov 23:32

My scrapbook room: a tour.

by Wilna

see more pictures of my scrapbook room here.
I just finished working on a big project (Artclass 2 available on 2peas in a bucket) and I cleaned my scrapbook room form top to bottom. It was the purging of the decade for me and for the first time in 3 years, I can say that my scrapbook room is just perfect. I love an uncluttered space and I am always busy decluttering. To the point where my family calls me Mrs Declutter. I love it when everything has a place and a spot - it saves me time looking for things which I love becuase I am inherently lazy and HATE looking for things. This room also hosts my home office and I have a 30 second office - meaning I must be able to find anything I need in 30 seconds. Being organized comes not from being OCD (because I really am not) but from my minimalistic outlook and the lightness that's a part of not living in clutter. These are the same reasons why I seldom procrastinate.  Please note the seldom in this last sentence. (seldom except sometimes).

The video quality is not great. I used a handy cam to record it and it worked fine, but I am not a professional video person... still learning stuff like that. But the reason why I posted it anyway is becuase I love watching scrapbook room tours on youtube. I am fascinated by it. And I hope you are not disappointed by the lack of scrapbooking stash in my scrapbook room... I really don't have that much stuff. I think you will be shocked by my pile of scrapbook paper. Let me know what you think- hehe. The photos in the gallery is way better... thanks to my wonderful Nikon camera (I have a Nikon D7000 that I use for filming projects and a D800 that I use for my photography).  <3 I have an Apple iMac 27" (2009) and a second screen (acer) that I use for iTunes and watching videos/movies while I work. Having a second screen is awesome when you work in Photoshop or do a tutorial where you can watch the video on one screen and work on the other one. Just a note here... You just plug the second screen into the Mac and then you can drag windows across the screens almost like you had one BIG screen. So, I only use one mouse and one key board for both screens. I love technology more then jewelry. Seriously. I am the techie person in the house and I fix the network problems and the wireless devices. I also keep all my technology updated and current. 

My wide format printer is an Epson R1900 Stylus Photo printer.
My wireless home printer is a Brother MFC-J615w. It's a scanner, printer fax. Love it. 

I don't have a lot of tools that I use. I think the tool I use the most is my Silhouette Cameo. It has a special place in my room and I really use it a lot. Most of the furniture is from Ikea and it's a pity they don't make the desk I have any more. The grey and white stripe rug is from a local store (JYSK) and I love finding bargains to make my room pretty.

Here's the video: 

And you can see all the photos of my 2013 scrapbook room  in my twopeasinabucket gallery by clicking this link.

Here's a flash back for you!
My scrapbook room as I photographed it in 2011.
My scrapbook room as it was in 2009.

So, if you have any other questions about anything, leave me a comment  and I will answer you there as well.

Wilna Furstenberg

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