Sunday, December 19, 2021


Nary a Christmas season passes without me making at least a couple of sets of potholders as gifts. This year has been no different, and the first set I made was a new-to-me pattern from Quilt Expressions - The Folded Pot Holder. The original maker folded her potholders and gifted them with recipe cards and a spatula tucked in tied with a bow, thus the 'folded,' but there's really nothing folded about the making of them.

I used up the little bit of dala horse print I still had after making a table runner for a friend a few years ago. It's from Katarina Roccella's In Blue line. Backed with a reddish Cotton + Steel basic, I quilted them simply, with different patterns on the background and pocket. I also did not make a separate hanger, as the pattern suggested, but tried to duplicate the method Marla/@pennylanequilts uses. I got close at least. You should check out her beautiful scrappy potholders!!

And then I made an old favorite out of Zakka Style, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale. This particular pattern, Patchwork Pot Holder, is by Kim Kruzich. I happily pulled cotton-linen scraps to coordinate with that floral from Anna Graham's Forage collection.

Again, simple quilting, and I was happy I had enough of the floral to make the pockets on the back of both potholders. Bias binding was in order, of course. And for all of these, I used one layer of batting + one layer of Insulbright, which is my standard for potholders.

As much as I love making quilts, these other sewn projects provide me with much joy. 'Small sewing' is where I began my creative journey years ago, and it's never really gone away.


  1. I make very simple potholders with my scraps- but being quite lazy I skip the binding ... lol

  2. Small projects are just the balm needed sometimes. These are lovely and I'm sure will be well appreciated and used gifts!

  3. Lovely potholders. But my highlight sounds strange: Nary. I learned a new word I have never read anywhere before. Thanks! xo