Scrappy solution

Our coffee machine gets a lot of use.

I move it backwards and forwards on the bench several times a day, filling the reservoir with water and the drip filter with freshly ground coffee. I hadn’t fully appreciated that the coffee machine didn’t have the usual little rubber feet…. My new (well, year-old) butcher block bench is scratched 😦 Click on the photo and you’ll see what I mean.

I discovered this when I was clearing the benchtops off to re-wax them. They’re looking a little dry and thirsty. I use a food-safe wood wax with lemon oil in it, which produces a nice sheen and a good smell when you buff it up. Anyway, I saw these scratches and I realised I had to do something about the machine as well as fix the bench.

Look, you know what’s coming, don’t you?  I am a quilter, after all.

Yup. It’s a monster grown-up mug-rug for the coffee machine. I went rummaging in my scraps and discovered these four strips sets, left over from when I made extra blocks for the Heaven for Beginners quilt. Perfect. I made a backing from fabric left over from a quilt I made 10 years ago. I sandwiched, and wiggle-quilted, and bound with more leftovers from Heaven for Beginners, this time from the joining strips for the back. The folded strip was exactly the right size to make a nice skinny binding.

The whole thing took me an hour, including hand-stitching the binding down on the back.

By the way, do you see the tile and paint chip in the background? Coming soon to this kitchen. The tile is only one of 6 or 7 grey and white designs in the pack of 35, and I have two packs to do the splashback all round, so it’s going to be a proper ‘sampler quilt’ effect. The paint colour is one I love, it’s a Dulux colour called ‘Geyser’, and will go on the walls above the splashback, and on the recycled cupboards which currently have brown fake wood-effect doors. The new white cupboard doors will stay white. It’s been a while since I did any renovation. Time to get things moving again!

Anyway, scratching… sorted.

48 thoughts on “Scrappy solution

    • katechiconi says:

      Glad you like it. I felt a bit stupid about all the times I’d just pulled it towards me without realising the damage I was doing. So it’s good to have something pretty to show for my idiocy!

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    Scraps to the rescue! Love how you know what each is leftover from. I can do that with only a few of mine.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can identify pretty much every scrap I have. It’s mostly because I don’t take in fabric from other people much, and probably also because I don’t make that many quilts, so I can remember the make up of each one.

  2. Anorina Morris says:

    Great solution! Scraps are the best.

  3. cedar51 says:

    I think that new mini coffee machine quilt qualifies for “menditMonday” and I guess it will be easier now to slide the gadget back and forwards, just be careful it doesn’t slide right off the edge…

    • katechiconi says:

      I actually debated holding onto the post till ScrapHappy Day on the 15th, but I’ll have something else by then, I’m sure. I’ll definitely be careful not to slide the machine over the edge; no coffee machine would be a drama of epic proportions!

  4. Brilliant concept and a happy coffee machine and bench top to boot! Plus it won’t look out of place when the new splash back and wall colour is in place. There’s enough of that ‘geyser’ colour and black and white in the quilted strips to make it look like hours of thought and consultation went into the whole thing 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I actually started by rootling in my grey and white scraps, but it was all a bit ‘meh’… This is better! The mat will also stop stray drips of coffee onto the bench when I swing the filter cone out, and I can fling it into the wash when it gets grubby.

  5. Oh m, you’ve put me to shame. I put a dish towel under my coffee maker to help it slide better and it does get coffee on it once in awhile but I like what you have made better. It’s so pretty! I had great plans for sewing today but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ll get there yet. I have plenty of fabric to make one with or maybe two so one can go in the wash. Ok, ok, you twisted my arm. 😉 I love what you are doing with the kitchen. A real quilters kitchen. Sending hugs.

  6. anne54 says:

    Kate, I love how you see a problem and then ‘Hey Presto’ it is solved! And solved in a very pretty, quiltery solution.

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, I initially considered felt pads under the coffee machine, but experience has taught me they don’t last, and I needed something simpler. And *of course* a quilter is going to make a quilted mat of some sort! Short, sweet and instantly gratifying 😉

  7. Love the colours and love the repair… and it’s washable!!!
    Looking forward to the Reno as well.
    I made a pot holder yesterday as a present… thinking of making a handbag out of hexies …. let’s see what I come up with … will send you pics on progress 😍

  8. Clever you, and I love the contrast of colours and designs.

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    That’s a superior coffee machine rug. I just use a tray, but you wouldn’t want to pull that. Added bonus of the rug -it will soak up the drips.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a tray under the coffee machine we keep in the bedroom (yes, coffee in bed, no waiting for a trip to the kitchen!), but that’s a bigger machine. Counter space is a bit short, so this is a more space-friendly solution.

  10. tialys says:

    Now you’ve made me feel guilty. Been meaning for months to sand and re-oil my oak worktops. Maybe this week……🙄

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not pointing any fingers. It’s hard work, especially the buffing, but so worth it to have the wood go from feeling grainy and dry to sleek and shiny.

  11. claire93 says:

    that’s a lovely splash of pastel colours in the kitchen!

  12. A very cunning solution! I hope you will post pictures of your re-vamped kitchen for us all to drool over.

  13. Sharon says:

    I need to make a coffee rug! Added to my growing project list. Love the backsplash tile 🙂

  14. Amanda says:

    Great bit of reuse and more expendable than the wood! I made a few for under vases and flowers pots, nice and easy to grab.

  15. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Your kitchen looks even prettier now with the quilt under the coffee machine. I have learned the hard way that you have to protect almost everything you put down on a surfaceyou need something to protect the surface.

    • katechiconi says:

      It didn’t occur to me, because in our last house the surface was much harder and didn’t scratch. Here, I have just the natural wood. Also, most appliances have little rubber feet, so I assumed (stupidly!) that this did too…

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        Wood is beautiful ofcourse but it scratches and stains easily…but on the other hand they are just signs that you live and work there; they also call it patina:D

      • katechiconi says:

        Signs of use… but I was sad to see scratches so soon and because I’d been careless. Never mind.

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        Maybe you can sand the scratches softly and then use something to feed the wood ??

  16. Emmely says:

    Wow, you are way faster at (hand) sewing than I am. Which is probably just one of the reasons you are also way more productive than I am. 😉 Great solution!

  17. Great solution, of course and I like the segueway to the tiles and paint chip. Nice work.

  18. Joanne S says:

    Fantastic idea! I may have to copy… 😉

  19. rutigt says:

    Great idea and it´s looking so good!

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