First, let me just take a minute to thank Joan of Moosestash Quilting and Madam Samm for all the fun-ness that goes on with orchestrating a blog hop. None of this would be happening without them and I am grateful even if I have been a TERRIBLE cheerleader this time around! (I’d tell you about the 80 hour weeks but after a while it sounds like BLAH, BLAH, BLAH even to me!)
So, let’s talk fabric (I LOVE talking fabric!) Dan DiPaolo came up with this lovely line and, unfortunately, I had a little trouble finding it and squeezing it out of the budget. I did manage to get my hands on this little selection.
The idea was to make something kitchen-related and I immediately decided on pot holders. They’re quick, easy and everyone needs them (especially my oldest daughter who recently moved for work. Yes, Sarah, look for another envelope in the mail.) I wanted to use the cup print but those cups are, well, kinda big for potholders. So, I changed my approach. I love the free-piecing letters from WordPlay and so I decided on “hot” for one of the holders (we called them “hot pads” when I was growing up.) I did think of doing three with the letters “H”, “O” and “T” but I was worried about what people might think if you lost the “T”. So, I made the “hot” pad and, despite it being a tad large, I liked it. Now, I wanted to do a cup but I was still in “free-piecing mode” so I decided, “I can free piece a cup.” And I did. Like this
I cut a squat rectangle and sliced a wedge off each long side.
I made a “handle” and added background beneath it.
Then, I sewed the pieces together and bordered them.
Then, I added a border of the red with dots (I love that one!) and layered these guys up with insulated batting and regular batting and, voila, hot pads.
They’re a tad irregular and funky but I like them and I think Sarah will love them in her new kitchen. I did back them with the big cups, too. Now, there’s lots more I would have liked to try…a tea cozy, perhaps some tea towels with attitude but, alas, time eluded me. So, it’s your turn to decide what to make. I have three fat quarters left to give away. They are the black with swirls, the yellow phrases and the cups.
I’ll get Mr. Random to draw for me after the hop and, yes, I’ll ship internationally.
First, leave me a comment telling me what you think I should make next and, then, be sure to hop over to my fellow Latte-ers and see what they’ve been up to (and please forgive me if I can’t respond to every comment…12-hour days, blah, blah, blah.)
Today, I’m lucky to be sharing my day with
Oh, and lest you ever be tempted to think I’m getting my act together….look what happened to the first set of “hot” letters….I’m still trimming those pieces out!
Just remember, it’s not the setbacks we remember, it’s the overcoming!