Monday, May 14, 2012

More Littles

When I saw the potholders Jacquie made {here}, I had an epiphany of sorts. Some fat-quarters of Malka Dubrawsky's A Stitch in Color in my stash + mom mentioning she'd like some quilted potholders sometime = lightbulb! Mother's Day was two weeks off and now I had a plan.

I started with 2 1/2" squares, guessing at Jacquie's dimensions. Next came 1 1/2" solid strips to frame the center. After a little trial and error, I used 4x10" rectangles for the next round. Then came the trimming to make the potholders wonky. Like Jacquie, I filled each with two layers of batt (spray-baste made this quick and easy), then straight-line quilted the potholders and gave them a final trim. Binding was a breeze, which I coordinated with the center squares. Then came the real challenge of this project - the grommets, but I'll share that more in a future post.
These were really fun, and I'd definite make them again. Meanwhile, they needed to be gift-wrapped! So of course, I hunted down Jeni's lined drawstring bag pattern. This time I made "The Project Bag", which measures 13" tall. The body of the bag is Summersault by Erin McMorris; the accent, Running Stitch by Michael Miller (love this new stripe!), and the bag is lined with some lovely Cherry Fizz by Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup. From start to finish, this bag came together in around an hour, and I'm partial to the look and ease of using chevron twill tape for ties, that I get from pinked fabrics.
It was great fun to make this little parcel for my mom. And she loved it all. yay.

Linking up with little quilt mondayOne Thing, One Week Challenge :: Week 13, and Fabric Tuesday.

28 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Great pot holders! I'm curious- did you need to do set-in (aka "Y") seams for the rectangles around the other edges???

Cille said...

They look magnificant. Must go back and re-do mine now :)

Toni said...

Those potholders are fabulous! I love the grommet detail but I always seem to screw mine up when I put them in. Love the fabrics on your bag, too!

Kim said...

I love how these came out and the bag is so sweet. I look forward to hearing about grommets, I've been wanting to try that on a project.

Leanne said...

I love the potholders and the bag is so cute - nice presents for your mom.

Kelli said...

These are so great. I would love them too, so I'm not surprised your Mom was happy. :)

Katie B. said...

Sweet! I need to make some potholders. Mine are so sad! I'm interested to hear about your grommet adventure.

Tracy said...

I love them! Can' wait to hear about the grommets! Just love those gift bags myself, they are the best!

Kelly said...

Now I want to make pot holders! Gorgeous!!

Heather D. said...

What a lovely gift Debbie. Your mom was spoiled. :)

Susan said...

Awesome! Gosh now I really need to dig into my stash of A Stitch in Color. Hehe. They look wonderful and the bag, as always is so cute. :) Looking forward to the grommet info.

Katy Cameron said...

What a fab wee collection of pressies

A Girl said...

What a beautiful Mothers Day gift.

A Girl said...

What a beautiful Mothers Day gift.

M-R said...

What a great Mother's Day gift, Debbie! Love both the potholders and the bag!

felicity said...

A beautiful and thoughtful Mother's Day gift! Love the set!

Habibti at Home said...

Wow! Those potholders are terrific. What a great Mothers Day Gift - for anyone really! Who wouldn't love receiving somethign so pretty. Thanks for sharing!!

Amy DeCesare said...

The potholders are sooooo pretty!!! I love knowing that you can use 2 layers of batting...I don't have any insul-bright on hand, and the urge to make these is getting hard to ignore. I had the same idea to use that drawstring bag for my Mother's Day presents...I wonder how many of them were made this year. They are fantastic!

Kirsten N said...

The potholders are gorgeous Debbie - love the fabrics and the drawstring bag!

sunt said...

I just adore the contrast of the clear, bright blue against the orangey/yellow! These are epic potholders! How clever of you to think of putting them in a drawstring bag---also, I'm squirrelling away your idea to use twill tape for the drawstrings. *So* much better, and not just for my temper! ;-)
Hazle

Sue Daurio said...

Great pot holders!!

Debbie said...

And yes, I did have to do set-in seams! I couldn't for the life of me remember what it was called - I thought 'Y' but when I looked up the def it didn't sound the same. But yes, though beings they are such small projects, it wasn't that time consuming and worked like a charm. Holler if you need more explanation . . .

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

These are so bright and cheery! Saw them on the link up at Pieceful Life and had to come and check them out. :)

-Amanda-

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

Oh these are eye catching!

Ellie Q said...

Now I'm inspired too--love the look of yours and love the idea of some quick and easy projects for practicing machine quilting too!

bethanndodd said...

Almost too cute to use ;) No doubt your Mom loved them! Smiles~Beth

**nicke... said...

those are sooo cute! love them all!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Oh, I do love these!!!