Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Potholder Pass

Hello friends!! I've missed you all sooo much!! Hopefully life will slow down some and I will be able to catch up with all of your beautiful creations SOON!! We have been in the process of finding and getting my almost 80 yo MIL into a Nursing Home as well as OTHER things! I haven't had much time for creating, but will hopefully get back to it shortly. In the meantime, I joined Amy's Potholder Pass...and WON!!

Isn't this the SWEETEST potholder EVER?? I LOVE it Amy, thank you! It is perched HIGH above any MESSES that might get too it!! I know you want me to use it, but it is just TOO pretty...and I have threatened my awesome man, so he will not be taking it out to the BBQ pit!! :D I just like looking makes me smile, EVERY time!

I also received my potholder from the VERY talented Karen! With a little "extras"...

The colors are AWESOME, and go with my so-called "theme" very well!! Thanks so much for taking the time to create such beauty for me!!

The little bees are soooo cute! I am not sure if they will be used yet....such prettiness makes me happy and READY for Spring!! Check out Karen's blog Messy Karen..she makes exquisite quilts!

Now for the ones I made!! Amy was smart enough to give me someone without a she can't say how LATE I am getting these out!! ;) Dawn is a knitter....and OH what CREATIONS!! She does have a flickr pool, check her out!!

Ok, so I've never made potholders before...and thought I bought the recommended Thermolam needed to "insulate" the potholder. So as I was putting the layers together I realized that it was NOT Thermolam, but Fusible FLEECE!! But, I pressed on and put in the TWO layers anyway...on top of what I chose for a backing....***Dawn, this is a SPOILER ALERT***

Yep...terry cloth!! It wasn't too bad, I used a 100/16 quilting needle and only broke ONE!! :D

I LOVE this print!! I hope she likes it as much! I had all kinds of ideas for what to use, but couldn't decide on ANYTHING. Well, I happen to pass by World Market one day and saw they were having a HUGE clearance sale...of course I couldn't resist!! There was a table FULL of table linens, runners and cotton napkins for $1!!!! I fell in LOVE with this print when I saw it and thought they would make PERFECT potholders!! But WHAT to back them with??? Then I remembered that the ones I use MOST in my kitchen are terry cloth. I love using them because they are super absorbent for any messiness I might endure...which is ALOT and quite OFTEN!! So I thought I would give it a try! These are made from two different napkins that I "pieced" together. I was going to quilt it, but ended up only doing a couple of lines following the pieced pattern. Sewing through all of those thick layers was NOT something I really wanted to do...or LEARN free motion quilting with! :D I was also going to bind it with binding I made from the rest of the napkins. Catherine has an AWESOME tutorial on how to do this....which I TOTALLY messed up!! UGH!! Oh well...I think they came out ok, and hope that Dawn likes them. I really enjoyed making these and now have the confidence to try some more! Thank you Amy for including me...YOU ROCK!!
Well...I am off to the Vet today...our little puppy, Peggy is losing her fur and has some "bumps"..I have been neglectful of her and NEED to get this taken care of before it escalates!! YIKES!! Have a good day!! Until later...


Beatrix from Kindershop said...

Welcome back AGAIN! Missed you too.
I hope everything is going to slow down for you a bit.

Amy said...

Thanks for joining the Potholder Pass. I am glad that you liked your little house and the potholders that Karen made for you. Are you sure you had fusible fleece? JoAnns also sells fusible thermolam so you might have bought that in which used the right stuff just a fusible version! That material is really pretty. How lucky that you stumbled across the sale!
I never would have thought to use terry cloth but I can see how it would be great due to absorbancy. My potholders have many stains from soupy messes...good idea!

Allie said...

Well hey stranger, you've sure had a lot going on! I adore the potholder you won, the ones you got and the ones you made. That print is awesome and using terrycloth is brilliant. I hope your puppy is ok!

Capital Mom said...

I hope all is going well with your MIL and that you are back again soon.

Kimara@weefolkart said...

As I read this I thought how serendipitous that I shared my blog today. There are all kinds of friends... and most of us are willing to wait for each other :) Sorry your absence was due to something as emotional and trying as finding a nursing home for a loved one. But I'm sure your warmth and compassion made it easier for your MIL.

My favorite potholders have a terry back. I love how bold and cheerful yours turned out. Potholders SHOULD make you smile.

Hope things settle down enough to let you get back into a normal routine. There is something so comforting in routine, isn't there?

Take care, friend :) And hope you can a chance for so soul lifting crafting!