Potholder Mania!!!! A Miniature Quilt

Give me a bucket of scraps and I can sew like the dickens!  Yesterday, sorting out some sewn blocks I come across some 2 inch squares.  A quick potholder happened!  The miniature of miniature quilts.

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And then I came across larger pieces that were sewn together like potholder number 1’s backing.  Had to use it up to move it out.  I came across a segment left over from En Provence, again this was an even quicker project and a little bigger.  The center part was already sewn.  The squares surrounding were already cut on a previous mystery.  These were left over from On Ringo Lake.  And this ended up being a nice hot pad.  Large enough to place a pot on, but too large for comfort with hands.

The funny thing about potholders.  No matter how many I make, they are used and get so grungy looking.  Throwing them into the wash does not seem to get out whatever is staying in the fibers.  I can never have too many pot holders and it has been about a year since I made my last one.  But ones from previous years probably need to be purged due to grunge.  Although grunge is in, I don’t think it is very appetizing for the kitchen, yuck!

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These potholders were completely stitched and quilted using my featherweight including stitching the binding. I just love the professional seam it creates!

Whatever was laying near my table was used up.  Scrappy bindings for both, did not have to cut or press any of it either.  Doesn’t the pink look a little obtuse? LOLOLOLOL, a little triangle humor.  It actually looks like a beak.  That gives me an idea for a baby quilt one day.  Stitched in the ditch.  Started with pink in the bobbin and gray on top.  Ran out of pink and switched to gray in the bottom too.  I am not gonna fuss about a potholder.  I even ended up with a pucker on this one.  More substance to keep my hand safe from something hot.  On the other, I ran out of bobbin thread while stitching in one of the ditches and just left it.  Art is like that, improv quilting is art.  Quilting and art come together for a wonderful marriage of color and texture.  I am going to enjoy every seam and each quilt dream.

What does my future hold?  I bet a lot of piecing and quilting.  No goal is set for the upcoming week.  I suspect I will have too many interruptions to get much done, but I am back to working on the periwinkle.  Wish me far on this project, as I am eager to get going deep in another.  I refuse to commit to UFO status.

Thank you for stopping in and reading my blog!

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So I am playing with words, but this post is a catch up from my previous post which had no new photos to share.  I am back up and running smoothly, clearer and crisper than ever before.

So here is the baby booties quilt, completed scrappy binding and all.

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I see the neighbor’s pup peeking around the edge of the quilt, such a quiet, loving dog.

Here is some close up quilting.  I must say that quilting these boots was just as fun as the fabric selection.  When you look at a pair of cowboy boots, there are firebirds and ornate designs in the stitchings of the leather.

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This fabric cries of cowboy boot.  Perfectly placed, fussy cut fabric and then stitched over imperfectly, but fun none-the-less.

And below is the back of the gray and black boot in the lower left corner.  I had to show you the backing I chose.  More boots for the babe.

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Another fun design!

Today I took the quilt to work to give to the expectant mother.  She loved it.  Her mother proudly displayed it all day.  I heard so many people say how neat it was and how artistic.  One person said I should quit my day job.  Another asked how much I charged, and the Mother said nothing, and they were like “WHAT?”

I usually silently give the quilt to an empty seat and send them an email with washing instructions.  It is the humble thing to do (I would be horrified if they did not like it and can express that in alone time without me being there).  I usually get a call, or they come visit me and thank me.   Some parents snap photos of the youngins’ on the quilt and give me that photo.  I do not work for free, I do this for the smiles.  Occasionally, I get a hug too.

Each one of these quilts I make is an extension of myself, kind of a baby of sorts.  And so, I gift part of myself not for the parents, but totally for the baby.  A brand new baby quilt for a brand new baby.  Most parents could care less about a quilt.  Children however like to latch onto objects when they are young, and for the first few years of their growing selves, part of me will get to be there, even though I am not physically there.

The great thing about sewing quilts for expectant parents, you get to enjoy a small project.  Another checked off from the bucket list.  In no time you have a quilt, this one was started at the end of July and I leisurely worked on it, and voila, ’tis complete!

Now I am onto the other baby quilt with a sporty theme of HSTs.  I should be able to do a post about that work in progress this weekend.

Oh and I mustn’t forget the double knit, knitted pot holder LOL.

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I also uploaded my pizza wedges post on my other blog the cookbookproject.  Click here for that recipe.

Happy Hump day readers!  It’s all downhill until the weekend!  Thank you for reading my blog!

Quilting on a featherweight

Some weeks bankrupt me of my sewing energy.  I have struggled with this week.  My quilting machine is in prison right now (safe in a cool place waiting to have FMQ demonstrated for a demo), I really wanted to quilt.  So I tried out the featherweight.  It worked!

New machines vs old machines.  For those of you lucky enough to have new sewing machine technology and old technology you can get vast differences, while quilting.  The reason?  Old machines did a regular stitch.  All the new machines produce an over lock regular stitch.  What is an over lock stitch?  It means the threads will stretch with the fabric when you stretch it.  With the invent of polyesters and jersey knit, most modern machines accomplish sewing these items perfectly.

These same newer machines, when free motion quilting with them, are electronic and try to over compensate with the over lock stitch which has given all us quilters problems of some type.

The first thing I tried with my featherweight was removing the foot all together and going with nothing.  That did not work.  The hook and race did not catch the top thread at all.  So with feed dogs up, and 1/4 foot on, I managed regular sewing with a bunch of twist and turns through three pieces of batting, in some cases 8 layers of fabric plus the backing.  The featherweight did WONDERFUL!  No thread tension issues.  No PUCKERS!  Same weight of thread on the top and bottom.  I did try it on a small project, keep in mind the throat space of one of these machines is very small, so your project is going to have to be small.  There would be a learning curve for me to go so slow in stitch speed, but I am still amazed by the results!

So a pot holder happened!  I had all these squares left over from my spools toga quilt, that I laid them out in a bear paw.  The scrappiness of this is right up my alley.  I like how the bear paw in the middle formed by joining the blocks as I did.

I also installed the binding with no walking foot, again on my featherweight.  Again old technology is easier to use, no over lock of thread which means no tension issues, which translates to a good even stitch.

Have you ever tried to quilt something on your featherweight?  Leave a comment in the comment section, I would love to hear about your experience!

Thanks for reading my blog!  And I just posted a recipe on my other blog, check out Rhubarb Pudding Cake.  

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Have a great weekend!

Please remain seated for this brief intermission

As On Ringo Lake continues in it’s third week, I am mesmerized by the beauty in each block we make and how perfectly the turn out is.  Last year while working on the QSTs from the Enprovence Mystery, I had lots of waste.  These were the triangle units tried from the HST’s and QST blocks.  Lots of it just went to the scrap tub.  I started regretting not stitching the triangles together at that time.  Now they are currently all separated in that tub and can be used, but the perfect mate is hard to find.

So this year, I told myself I would NOT do this again.  It was stupid of me last year to be so careless.

I am working smarter, not harder!  I am stitching those little bits of scraps I go.  I have made two potholders.  One has already been gifted to it’s new home and I regret I did not take a photo.  But I did on this one!  I counted the pieces in this little jewel.  140 can you believe that?  I deemed with the rest I will make a doll quilt and make it a row quilt at that.  I have always wanted to make one of those so why not do it doll size.  I already have all the pieces before me.

So as I sew each piece of my diamonds/chisels/flying geese gone wrong blocks I am trimming, saving, pinning, and sewing those tidbits making something out of the otherwise waste.

This is the nicest pot holder I have ever made.  I quilted it at a diagonal so it will fold easily around a pot or pan, protecting the hand.  I hope it’s recipient will like it and use it.

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The borders on this potholder were mis-cuts from making my flying geese.  My brain cut these at an inch and a half which is NOT the right size.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use those as well.potholderbOff to the side is the small QST’s I am salvaging from my scraps.  These blocks finish at .75 of an inch.  I did not measure the HSTs but they are small as well.

Through my many years, there were really bad years where I struggled greatly.  The dollar spent too fast and the earning was meager to get it.  I learned much from this time.  We never went hungry.  I was always trying to figure out what to make with the ingredients I had.  My character building years do not make me fear of losing my job or my income.  If that were to happen I am confident we would not go hungry.  This meager mentality parlez’ed into quilting.  At the time going through that tough period, it was so hard and you always felt beaten down.  But I was happy.  I am still happy, and even more happy that this has molded and sculpted the person I am now and it is behind me.  I feel sorry for those who do not have some point in their life where they struggle a bit.  Those years have the most take-aways.

So in reflection, I am glad I have the time to spare to stitch these little pieces of cloth together to make something that might mean something to someone else.  But most importantly it means something to me!  Yet another chapter in life presented itself and is wrapped up only to continue to the next.

Have a great week and thank you for reading my blog!