This blog is a bit of a ramble through my life. There's a lot about quilting and textile arts, a sprinkle of my family life and some of my thoughts and ponderings. We currently live aboard an old wooden 1945 Navy boat, called MV Cerego, so you'll find me writing about that too. Welcome aboard!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Simple (but oh-so-satisfying) Sewing - Quilted Potholders


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!

4 comments:

  1. A fun idea for a swap Charlotte, they turned out lovely - and I love the photos of them down by the seaside!

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    1. PS Thanks for the link to Quiting Focus!

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  2. I first saw this post just as I was trying to come up with something to make for a friend I was about to go and stay with - the down side of having exceedingly talented crafty friends is thinking what on earth you can make them... Anyway a quick rummage through my scraps box, plus an old towel and some sacking later I had two pot holders =) She loved them, so thanks for the inspiration! I have all the bits cut out ready to make two more which should get made up soon, but if they don't they are at least ready for a quick whiz together should I need another gift in a hurry =)

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  3. I first saw this post just as I was trying to come up with something to make for a friend I was about to go and stay with - the down side of having exceedingly talented crafty friends is thinking what on earth you can make them... Anyway a quick rummage through my scraps box, plus an old towel and some sacking later I had two pot holders =) She loved them, so thanks for the inspiration! I have all the bits cut out ready to make two more which should get made up soon, but if they don't they are at least ready for a quick whiz together should I need another gift in a hurry =)

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