Friday, August 9, 2013

Kona Club Challenge - Modern Labyrinth Trivet by Leanne from She Can Quilt

We're so happy to have Leanne from she can quilt on the Kona Club Challenge this month. Leanne used the colors we sent out in February 2012 for Kona Club and made this lovely Modern Labyrinth Trivet. We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own!

We are giving away the fat quarters that Leanne used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!


Modern Labyrinth Trivet 


I'm Leanne and I have been blogging about quilting at she can quilt for about 2.5 years - do stop by my blog to visit if you have a minute. I live in Edmonton, Alberta and I also spend time at our little acreage on one of the Gulf Islands. I have been sewing, knitting, and embroidering all my life and I also weave and crochet. I began quilting about 3.5 years ago, and now, when I am not working or taking care of my family, I spend as much time as I can quilting.




It was great to be asked by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop to participate in their Kona Club Challenge. I love working with solids and I thought it would be fun to make a tutorial for you. I have been making placemats and trivets for a new to me, beautiful antique dining table, so I decided to make a trivet using a modern twist on a traditional block for the tutorial.


I have played with the idea of making a labyrinth with log cabin blocks before, you can read about my wall quilt called Labyrinth here. When trying to pick a pattern for this trivet, and working to avoid anything that too strongly evoked Valentines Day (as I plan to use this all year round), I kept returning to the labyrinth. It is a bit tricky at first, but stick with me and in the end you will see how easy this pattern is.


I chose this fabulous pink bundle - Kona Pomegranate, Candy Pink, Bright Pink, and Rich Red - and added another pink, Kona Pale Flesh (the one on the bottom left) as the neutral. I was looking for a number of shades and values of the same colour and this project will work with any similar monochrome selection. 

Materials

You will need the following materials for the trivet:

  • A bundle of five or more fat quarters - I used Kona PomegranateCandy PinkBright Pink, and Rich Red. You will have lots left over to for other projects, or more trivets.
  • A piece of insulated heat resistant batting - I used Insul-Bright but any batting designed to protect from heat will work. If you cannot find insulated batting, then use two layers of cotton quilt batting. If you are not going to use your trivet for putting hot pots and dishes on, you can just use one layer of regular batting.
  • Thread for quilting - I used a cream coloured King Tut thread made by Superior Threads.


The Steps to make the Trivet

Before you begin, I recommend that you take a minute to read all the instructions first. 


We are going to make a traditional log cabin block but colour it in a manner that turns it into a labyrinth. 

First cut three strips that are 1.5" wide from the Kona Pale Flesh  which I am going to refer to as the lightest pink. Then cut two or three strips that are 1.5" from the remaining colours. I used three strips of each colour and had a lot left over.


Then sub cut all your strips except the lightest pink. Take your rotary cutter and trim the strips to varying lengths, with the smallest size being about a 1.5" square and going up to about 3 or 3.5". Don't measure these cuts.


Put the cut up pieces on your table and mess them up so that you can pick them at random. Chain piece two pieces together. I made sure that the two pieces did not match but otherwise just sewed them together randomly.

Once you have paired all the pieces, then pair the pairs, then pair the groups of four, and so on.


When you are finished you will have one long strip that resembles this one. Press, and I just pressed the seams to one side.


Cut off a 1.5" square from lightest pink strip - this is the home piece. Lay it beside the long bright pink strip just as you would plan the first log of a log cabin block. Sew the pieces together.


Cut the sewn part from the long strip, press it open and trim with your ruler and rotary cutter. Larger log cabin blocks get out of square very easily, so I advise trimming and squaring each log up with your ruler as you go.


Lay the trimmed unit next to the long strip to prepare for the second log. Sew these together.


Press and trim the second log. Remember that the centre of the log cabin is the lightest pink square.


Here is the trick to making the labyrinth. Instead of carrying on with your pink round of logs, you need to go back and start piecing the second round of logs. The third log will use one of the lightest pink strips and lay it and the pieced unit out as shown, adjacent to the home piece and log one. Sew together, press and trim.



Next, position, sew, press and trim log four. Take a look at the picture above, you position log four next to log one.


For log five, use the darker pink strip again. Position it as shown. This position is right where you would have put the third log if we had not paused to add the lightest pink logs. Log five goes adjacent to log one. Sew, press and trim.


Position log six as shown. It is adjacent to log four but also where the next log after log five would normally go on a log cabin. 

In essence what happens is that you are building two levels of logs at the same time, a pink level and a lightest pink level. Every two logs you change colours.



For log seven, go back to the lightest pink and position this log adjacent to log two. It is also right where you would normally place the next log after log four if you had carried on with the lightest pink round. I have numbered the logs in this picture and the next to help to understand the process. Carry on placing your logs.


You can make this trivet any size you like. I stopped when it was about 12" square which finished at about 11.5" square. 

You will see that by using the strip of randomly pieced darker pinks, you get a more modern improv look to the trivet without having to do anything but build a traditional log cabin block. 

Give your top a good pressing and square it up.


For the back, I cut a 7.5" square from four of the fabrics. Sew them together into a four patch and press. You can use any other block for the back or a single colour instead, if you prefer.


Layer the trivet like a quilt. Cut a piece of Insul-Bright or batting in a 14" square. Place the back with right side to the table, place the Insul-Bright so that the shiny side of the middle foil layer is facing up (you have to peel back the batting on both sides to ascertain which side is the shiny side), and put the trivet top facing up. The top should be about an inch or more smaller than the back and batting.


Baste the top in place. I just place a few pins but you can spray baste if you prefer. Do smooth out the top and bottom a couple of times before you finish basting. 


Quilt as desired and then trim off the excess batting and backing. 

To quilt my trivet I started in the middle home log and straight line quilted, using my walking foot. My first line was along or close to the ditch of the light pink level of the labyrinth. When I got to the end, I turned around and quilted back, stitching very close to the first quilting line, about 1/8" or less. When I got back to the home log I turned again and went back. I continued this way until I was able to quilt in the ditch on the other side of the light pink level. 


Any kind of dense quilting in only one of the colour levels of the labyrinth makes the other level puff up. It makes the piece look modern and makes it hard to see the underlying log cabin block. I should mention that this style of quilting does not involve perfectly straight lines or equal distances between them. 


I use a narrow single fold binding on small quilts, as then the binding is light, narrower and does not overpower the small piece. Cut a couple of 1.25" strips of one colour - I used the darkest one - and sew them together. Attach them to the side of the trimmed top, just as you would a double fold binding. Start about half way down a side, leave about 4" not sewn, and then sew the binding right side facing the quilt top, stitching 1/4" from the edge.


I have to confess to forgetting to take a couple of important pictures, so I went back after the trivet was finished to create them for you. Please pretend that you are looking at the binding being attached to the trivet with raw edges, not with the binding already in place. 

Sew the single fold binding strip until you are 1/4" from the corner, stop, backstitch and cut your thread. 


Fold the binding at a 45 degree angle off the trivet, as shown.



Keeping that fold in place, fold parallel to the next edge of the trivet. Start stitching from that folded corner, 1/4" from the outside edge of the trivet, backstitch a couple of stitches and then sew to the next corner. Repeat.


When you get back to the beginning of the binding, stop about 2" or 3" from where you started sewing the binding down. If you like to make angled joins to your binding, go ahead and finish this the same way as you regularly do. I make a straight line join. To do that, cut your thread, take the piece out of the machine and fold the binding in place so that the folds just touch. Finger press the folds.


Fold the piece and match the fold lines. Pin in place and sew down that line.


Trim and check that the binding now fits snugly. If it is not snug, sew the join again. Finish stitching the binding to the trivet top.


Once the binding is in place, with the right side up, press the binding away from the top. Turn the piece over and then press the single thickness binding so that when it is folded it meets the raw edge of the quilted piece. The fold should be about 1/4" wide.


Hand stitch the binding on the back. You lift the folded part of the binding over the raw edge and stitch on the other side of the stitching line from attaching the binding to the front. You can use clips if you like, but I never bother, I just position it as I go. To miter the corners, fold the binding in place just as you would a double fold binding and stitch them down. This might seem tricky the first time, keep the fold in place and just take your time - it is really the same as folding a regular double fold binding in the end.


 Here is the finished top of the Modern Labyrinth Trivet.


And the back is interesting enough to get by with should you spill soup on the top.


I hope you enjoy this project. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via my blog, she can quilt. I would also be delighted to hear about your completed trivet too. Thank you to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop for the opportunity to share the Modern Labyrinth Trivet with you.

Giveaway!

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Leanne used to make her Modern Labyrinth Trivet!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

Leanne chose the colors we sent out in February 2012 to our Kona Club Members. 
If you are no-reply blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Monday August 12th, 2013.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, August 13th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Modern Labyrinth Trivet! 

110 comments:

Dawn said...

Great tute! Love Kona!

Nicky said...

It looks great Leanne! Love the colours and the quilting!

DeborahGun said...

Thank for the wonderful tutorial - this is so pretty :-)

Patchwork and Play said...

I love Leanne's work! This is another fabulous example- and such a detailed tute! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Lovely trivet and great tute, I love Leanne's style!

Val Spiers said...

I love your modern clean cut design. The way you made it is interesting. I would love to win the fabric. Thanks for the chance.

valspierssews@gmail.com
http://valspierssews.blogspot.com.au/

leanne said...

thanks so much for this fabulous tutorial - Leanne is such an amazing quilter and so generous with her tutorials too !

Celtic Thistle said...

I am not normally a pink person, but this is so lovely I could be converted :)

Great tutorial too.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great little trivet. Thanks for sharing both the tutorial and the fabric.

Teresa said...

I love the colours you choose, it reminds me of cherries, yummy

Lisa Marie said...

The trivet is very cute and I am so impressed by the technique of combining the colors into a long strip before piecing the log cabin -- genius!

cherylj said...

This trivet is adorable! I absolutely love it. I think that this is going to be some great xmas presents.

shayne said...

Awesome! Thanks~

elle said...

I,too like the solids. I really like making things for the tops of tables. This is great!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

What a great little trivet and such a neat design! Love the colors on the antique table with the beautiful pottery. Well done tutorial!

Colleen said...

Great project! The quilting makes it unique!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. And thanks for the tip on using Insul-bright. I'd love to win some pretty Kona solids.

Sheryl said...

What a great way to use the pinks without it being overpowering. The labyrinth design is so striking.

Mary Kunna said...

Love the colors. I think I need to get one made.

Lolly Challice said...

I love Kona cottons and Sew Sisters!

Nati said...

It is a lovely piece, thanks for the chance to win!

Ronda said...

What a wonderful tutorial! I love pinks, so it was a total "Hit" for me. :)

hthnoord said...

These colours are gorgeous. The labyrinth is very exciting. I can see something larger being made when I retire! Thanks for the chance.

Kelly T said...

This looks great - I am going to give it a whirl! Thanks for the tutorial!

janeen said...

Janeen, j_neen64@yahoo.ca, Love your tutorial! And the colors! Beautiful fabrics, please enter me in the draw!

Colin, Margaret and Splash Werner said...

Have been looking for a new potholder/trivit pattern......love this one and love the colors!!!

bee said...

great twist to the log cabin block

dungeonquilter said...

Love the potholder. Can't wait to start making some for gifts.

B Greene said...

What a great project!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Christine said...

Love pinks! Cute trivit

Patti said...

Fabulous as always, Leanne! Thanks for the tutorial. Also thanks to Sew Sisters for the chance to win this very pretty Kona bundle.

shemie said...

Such luscious looking fabrics.....would love to have these

PK Sews said...

What fun colors! And the quilting on this trivit is perfect for it! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win this great fabric!

shemie said...

Such luscious colors....would lovevto win these fabrics

Die Fischerin said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial. I´ll begin soon ... because i love the kona fabrics.

Margaret said...

I am loving that pink kona. A very nice tutorial with great photos. Thanks for sharing

BaggyQueen said...

What a great tutorial. I live in southern Alberta, so is great to see someone from our home province doing this project. Thank You

BaggyQueen said...

Great tutorial.I am also from southern Alberta. Thank You.

granniegee said...

What a great tutorial! I don't usually do projects this size, but this has been made to easy and clear, I just have to try it. Thanks so much!

Sharon S said...

Thanks for the great little tutorial. So fun!

Cecilia said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Regina said...

Thanks for a chance to win. LOVE the trivet. What a fun tute and KONA to boot! Wahoo!

SIMPLESEW said...

inspire and looks like love

GrannyTo8Boys said...

Love those colors. So happy!! Thanks for the op at giveaway.

JacqAdams said...

Falling in love with solids! Neat project.

JacqAdams said...

Falling in love with solids! Neat project.

Tiffany said...

The construction method for this is genius! Thanks for the tutorial!

thriftstorecrafter.com said...

I love that trivet. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveawy. --Sarah thriftstorecrafter at yahoo dot com

haddie said...

Looks great and very well explained.... Thanks Love the way it is quilted too.....

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love it! Thanks for such a clear tutorial!

Julie Vanderhoek said...

This is such a beautiful trivet! It would make such wonderful gifts! Thank you for the clear tutorial!

Friendo Studios said...

Very good Tutorial for a newbie like me, would be a good project and the colours are awesome.

teachpany said...

Great design! I love the idea, and it would be fun to use scraps. Thanks!

Laura Flaim said...

A clear, concise, very well done tutorial! The color selection is striking also. I would love to have a chance of winning the fabric. Thanks so much.

andri. said...

Thank you for the tutorial!:D

giddy99 said...

What a lovely trivet! Love the labyrinth design.

Szamóca said...

I will definitely make it.
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robin said...

I like it! Would also look great in a Caribbean blue/green. ;)

Linda said...

OH THOSE PINKS>LOVE IT!
THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG+GIVEAWAY TOO!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Marie MacDonald said...

I love the colors and thanks for the tutorial!!!

cynthia said...

thanks so much for sharing the turotial and for thechance to win!!!

Lenore Deagle said...

That is amazingly fun I would love to do it BIG!!

Erin McSweeney said...

I love these colors, what a great choice.

mcsweeney.erinatgmail.com

Denise Mitchell said...

Great fun project! Great tutorial! Love the fabric!

Ellee said...

This tutorial and the pictures are so inspiring. I enthusiastically will be making my own trivet or two or more this weekend! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Debbie Rogowski said...

This is so cute, I don't know why I think that mug rugs are so hard to do. I love the ease in which you show how to make this and the cute little machine quilting. Thank you!!

kath said...

Such a pretty project. Love the twist on log cabin and how well the quilting suits it.

Mom2Caleigh said...

I love Kona fabric!! That hot pad - or whatever you call it! Those our perfect little gifts to make!! Thanks for the chance to win!

VickiT said...

Great tutorial Leanna! I really love the way you've created this trivet, especially with all solids. Beautiful colors as well. Thank you for showing us how to make our own trivet.

Dawn said...

It would be great to have some solids!

Jean said...

Love the labyrinth! Would look equally as good enlarged.

Tamie said...

Love this tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

Great Idea I love the 'Valentine' colours lol I might try this for my Mug Rugs wit seasonal fabric a great way to use scraps .

Sallie said...

Great tutorial! I love pink!

The Thompsons said...

It's adorable and I like the quilting you did with it as well.

Susan Stanton said...

That was a lovely tutorial! A nice job and a great gift idea! Thanks. yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

Lorna said...

Great tutorial...and lovely colour choices. I love PINK.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Excellent tutorial and a great scrap buster too.

Emily C said...

Perfection! I always love a good maze.

Alison said...

I like the way this is quilted, and also that it is a functional guilt

Debbie said...

Beautiful work Leanne.

Alison said...

Oops - forgot to leave my email - I love the trivet - I like functional gifts!
virklundtreefarm@hotmail.com

judys said...

I love this; and I must thank you for the suggestion of how to quilt this as well......going on the to do list!

Wanda said...

Thx for the tute :)

Shannie said...

Love the Kona solids. I'm next door in Sask. great to hear about fellow Canadians work.

Shannie said...

Love the Kona solids. I'm next door in Sask. great to hear about fellow Canadians work.

quiltswithpersonality said...

Fabulous trivet and tutorial. Thanks for sharing ....Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au

Catrin Lewis said...

Beautiful. Love the puffiness of the pink!

anyadahab said...

Beautiful colors. And the tutorial is so nicely written.

Mimi said...

I love the col ours and pattern!!! Awesome tutorial, thanks! This is a perfect gift idea!!

Camilla said...

This is great! I've got lots of scraps I could use to make this, but I love the colours you've chosen. I'm making a quilt using many of these same solids at the moment in the Simply Solids Bee I'm in!

Ether Bourn said...

What an adorable trivet!

Maureen said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! That is truly a lovely trivet. Great colours! Thanks for a chance at the give-away.
Maureen
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Theglasdiva said...
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Theglasdiva said...

I love your design and the punchy colors you used. Thanks for posting this tutorial.
Anna

allierae said...

Great tutorial! I love that you made the multi-color strip before doing the piecing.

Mom C said...

Really nice, like both trivets. Great idea making the log cabins. Thanks.

Cindy said...

I love unique table toppers. Thanks for all the work you went through to make this tut for us.

Diane H said...

Wonderful tutorial, thanks. Lovely result.

Carmen N said...

I'm not usually into "modern", but I like this project!

Sunnybec said...

Thanks for the tut! Love it in those colours.

Karrie S said...

This is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!

Georgia said...

Love the color combo!

Anita E. said...

Stunning trivet! Your detailed tutorial is easy to follow. Makes me want to keep on going around and around.

Bethany Martini said...

I love these colors! Thank you for including the binding process in this wonderful tutorial!

Marianne said...

So pretty and I love the color fabrics you chose!

Diane Ebel said...

What fun colors...thank you for the chance to win them!

Betty B said...

Really cute and I love solids.

Betty B said...

Really cute and I love solids.

Kay Dungavell said...

Lovely - I will make one and I would like to wine the beautiful Kona Pink pack.
Kay Dungavell