Sandi from Quilt Cabana Corner recently organised a potholder or mug rug swap. We got to decide which we wanted and were assigned swap partners accordingly. We said what colours we would prefer and then sat back and waited (after making and sending off our reciprocals first of course!).
I'm posting this now because I know my swap partner has received her potholders safe and sound, so I won't ruin the surprise.
I decided on pot holders as I need some new ones, and have never been a mug rug using person. Then I found this really cute tutorial that I listed over on Quilting Focus (a NZ quilting directory site that I do a bit of writing for), and wanted to have a go at.
My first two were trials of how many layers of batting, what style of quilting I was going to use and how I was going to insert the hanging tab. My swap partner, Amy, asked for brights/moderns/anything and so I did a bit of stalking on her Instagram and Flikr feeds before I made my final fabric choices.
I went for low volume scrappy with a few brights thrown in for spark. A bit of Riley Blake and Tula Pink for backings and twill tapes for hanging tabs, with simple straight line quilting
They were fun to make and a nice way to use those precious scraps that are too good to throw away but too small to do much with. I see a few more of these in my future - everyone's getting potholders for Christmas!