Blast from the Past: Candle Mat

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about a table topper that I made with my Accuquilt Go.

I used a diamond die to make this.


I was VERY intimidated to make this at first.  I had never made anything with set-in seams and was afraid to try.  I decided to make a candle mat thinking that I could get myself to try one block.

I made a video at the time of the process of making a mat.

To see a video of this project, check out this link if it doesn’t show up in the post.

I started out by cutting three 1.5″ strips.   I sewed them together putting the light strip in the center and darker strips to the outside.  Then I placed the strip on the diamond die and cut diamonds.  I cut six diamonds from the stripped pieces and six from the background pieces.


If you don’t have a Accuquilt, no problem.  This little ruler is really handy and does a nice job.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.

I laid the pieces out into a block like this….making sure the pieces were all oriented the correct way.


Then I sewed the pieces together….three pieces together, then three other pieces together.  Then I placed the two pieces right sides together and sewed a seam.


I placed the background pieces around the edges.


Lay the background piece together as shown, sewing from only to the pin…


Now I pivoted the piece and sewed the next seam.


Then I trimmed the corner as shown.


Then I ironed it.


I finished putting the corners in place.

Next…the border.


I need to quilt it and add the binding.  The set-in seams were no big deal.  In fact, I started a couple of candle mats.  I am thinking that the candle mats will make a nice secret Santa gift along with a candle.

If you want to see other projects I’ve made with my Go! check out this link.

I miss making quick little projects…I guess in life there is always something to miss.  It is fun going back and revisiting them though.


2 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Candle Mat”

  1. Judith Fairchild

    Thank you so much Jo. In rearranging my stash I have so many strips and diamonds from finished quilts that aren’t enough for even a baby quilt. What a great idea. It would make an awesome table topper if I use maybe for to six stars with the neutrals in between.

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