I have my first finish for Q2 of the Finish-A-Long with Leanne.
Okay, it's a small finish, but after a week of being sick and accomplishing little else, it does make me happy to cross these off my list.
I especially love finishes that come from scraps (here)!
I've made potholders before, but this is the first time I've made them using a special fleece specifically for hot or cold applications. I used one layer of the Insul-Fleece along with 2 layers of quilt batting and three layers of fabric (my scraps were pieced to a foundation fabric).
Free motion quilting through all those layers went quite well. The tricky part was in adding the binding - but that was manageable too after I reduced my usual seam allowance for binding.
Scraps on the front, polka dots on the back. Two of my all time favourite fabric combinations. ;o)
The second potholder is smaller and more suited to my hand size, although my sons thought it was a coaster. Okay, it is small and there's no hanging loop (which I not only find useless as I store my potholders in a drawer, and I always end up burning off a hanging loop during use anyways... so no loop on purpose ;o), but it's the right size for me.
Again, scraps on the front and dots on the back. Yum!
I admit to having some fun with the quilting. I love free motion quilting a flower design!
No sooner did I finish the potholders, I put them to the test removing some home made bread from a hot oven. They passed the heat test with flying colours!
Now my kitchen helpers have requested a pair of oven mitts and more importantly, that I FINALLY toss out the thread bare and thin little potholders I have been using for far too long. ;o)
I guess more scrap play sewing is in order!
I'm linking up with Amanda Jean's Crazy Mom Quilts... Finish-it-up-Friday!