I love a bit of Tilda. The fabrics are good quality with beautiful, pretty designs but this collection – the Chic Escape – has taken top spot on my favourites list. It has an oriental flavour with Chinese vases, peacocks and florals in a rich palette of colour. It is so luscious that when I was sent a pack of 5” squares to trial, I just had to make something that I would use frequently.

Tilda Chic Escape

Strictly Quilting HQ has workstations for up to six students and have white desks from a well known Swedish furniture shop. I find that sewing machines can leave little black smudges from the rubber feet on the bottom and I’m forever wiping the desks down. What better than to use the Chic Escape fabric for mats to keep the desks cleaner and they should also help deaden the noise.

Sewing Machine Mat

There are plenty of free patterns out there for these sorts of mats. Many have pockets which hang over the desk for you to keep all those little bits and bobs close to hand but for quilting, especially larger quilts which can be quite a battle, I decided I didn’t want anything which could get caught up with a quilt.

We all know pincushions are also really handy to have close by so I wanted to include one somehow and these little mats are the result. Very simple and quick to make, SO handy with the pincushion and I’m sure you’d agree – they look fabulous.

Self Bound Edge
Pin Cushion

The method is simple and the fabric went together really well. Tilda is beautiful quality, which always makes it easier. As this is a larger patterned range I didn’t want to cut it up too much so kept it very simple by using the 5” squares whole, only cutting some spares into four to use for the pin cushion. This I filled with natural wool fleece, which helps keep your pins rust free from the lanolin, and crushed walnut shells, which helps keep your pins sharp. I also finished with a self bound edge. This is bringing the backing fabric over in a hem around the edge. I’d used a basic calico for the backing as the soft cream matched the fabric perfectly (and it’s a little tougher for a workshop setting.)

Now I’m off to get some more Chic Escape so I can make a matching quilt!

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