When I first saw the pattern, I immediately knew I wanted to use some pretty scraps I had from the Mama’s Cottons Line Dried fabric collection by Connecting Threads.
Trivets are such useful little household items. They protect your table from hot dishes and add a little bit of charm to the tabletop. These trivets have a sewn-in twill tape loop for hanging.
Following this pattern was relatively easy, except for the fact that I had no idea how to “pinwheel” my center points properly. Once you have your triangle shaped pieces sewn into a circle, the pattern says: “on the back, you can use your seam ripper to remove just a couple stitches on both sides of the seam at very center. This will allow you to swirl the seam so you can press everything nice and flat. This is a quilting technique called pinwheeling.” I tried that, but the center where my seams met still looked lumpy. Using my creative license, I decided to add some quilting in the center to flatten out my lumps. I quilted along the seams to make a star or asterisk shape and I think it looks nice! At this point I gave myself a quick pat on the back for making a good save.
I also improvised on using the circular quilting attachment, which I just didn’t have. They suggested using a compass instead, but I didn’t have one of those either! I quilted my circles by eye, and though they are not perfect, I think they are charming.
The rick rack trimming is the perfect complement to this project. I absolutely love rick rack. It has such a nostalgic feel, as do these trivets. It goes so well with the fabric collection.
I hope you have as much fun making these trivets as I did! I also learned quite a bit about piecing and making corners line up, which I will definitely be using in my next project.
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