Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Potholders!

Daughter and I are home at last. Four weeks is a long time to be away from home.

I made a set of potholders for my sister in honor of her 40th birthday! She is, by trade, a historian, so I picked some vintage-styled fabrics.
Here you can see two of the backs. I love the "classic kitchen" fabric in the bottom left corner.
I also made two "Handy Heart Potholders" from a pattern by Eva Holen. The binding was challenging on these.
My sister is obviously using them! I am so glad, for when I made some for my mom (last post), she said she would save the potholders for special occasions. I told her I made them to be used! If they wear out or get dirty, I will make more!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Daughter and I are in Minnesota visiting my parents for three weeks. I did take a small bag of fabrics along to make some potholders. I had a lot of leftover strips of Flutterby (Moda) after I finished my tuffet. Using the blues and greens, I made four potholders.
I like piecing the backs to use up more of the smallest scraps.
It was a challenge, for I used my mom's sewing machine, which has no walking foot or free motion ability.
These are so far from perfect, and I really am not pleased with the details. But I am glad for the learning process. I learned that too much quilting can take away from the pattern produced by the piecing (top right corner). I also practiced machine binding; by the fourth try I was doing pretty good.
I've linked this up with Sew and Tell over at Lots of great stuff to check out over there!