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Blast from the Past: Hotpad Tutorial

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m revisiting a tutorial I did for a potholder.

Although I made this using my Accuquilt Go and the 4″ basket block, you can make this with any small block.  Here is a link for some small blocks that will work.

I wrote:
I got a new Accuquilt Go! die, the 4″ finished basket, and had to try it out.  Previously there had been lots of discussion on how to create the basket handle.  Thankfully Mary over at Quilt Hollow contacted Alex Anderson, designer of the die, and “took the basket by the handle”..so to speak.  Follow this link if you need help with that basket handle….watching the video REALLY made it a breeze…without the video, I would have been LOST…Thanks Mary!  Now on to the tutorial.

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Anyway…back to the die.  I typically am not a basket girl, but these little 4″ finish guys are just so darn cute.  In the middle of the making my test basket block, I had to go get something out of the oven when I saw my AWFUL looking hot pads and decided to create this….a hot pad holder with a little basket pocket on the front.

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This is my favorite hot pad….I love the pocket on the front so I don’t burn my hand, yet it’s not a oven mitten.  Totally my favorite…

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If you don’t have this die…don’t worry.  You can make this potholder with any small block.

Here’s a little tutorial for you showing you how to make it….
To create the front pocket:
Make one basket block following the directions in the packaging.  Cut two 4.5″ squares, cutting in half on the diagonal.  Add them to the sides of the basket block making it square.

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Trim this new block to be 6″ x 7″.  (If you don’t have the basket die, improvise….use any small block.  Add borders to it until it is 6″ x 7″.)

Cut a backing piece and piece of hot pad batting (it’s a special kind that is better for protecting your hands) the same size, 6″ x 7″.  Layer the pieces, backing, batting, quilt block, and quilt.  I quilted around the basket and then just did a stippling type design on the rest.

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Trim the piece.  Cut and sew BIAS binding strips totaling about 47″.  Sew binding down at the top of the basket piece as shown. Set aside the pocket piece and the BIAS binding.

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Cut two pieces of fabric and a piece of the same batting that are 9″ x 7″, layer, quilt as desired.  I did a crosshatch pattern.

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Trim to 9″ x 7″.  To round the corners, I took a glass from the cupboard, laid it on the corner, and traced the curve.  Then I cut on the line to create the curve.  Do this on all 4 corners.  Take your pocket piece with the basket and round the two corners on the bottom.

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If you want a hanger on your hot pad, cut a 5″ piece of BIAS binding.  Iron it to hide the raw edges.  Topstitch down each edge.  Fold and pin in place on the top back, in the middle as shown.  Now place the basket piece on top of the back piece (the opposite side and end of the hanger).  Pin in place.

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Bind your hot pad making sure you catch the hanger in your stitches.

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Everyone binds a bit differently….I cut 2.5″ strips.  I folded them in half.  I sewed them to the BACK of the hot pad.  I brought the binding around to the front and sewed it in place.  I thought this would be hard but honestly….not hard.

Then I turned the hanger up and in place.  I sewed a small line at the very edge of the potholder to tack the hanger in place….

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Wa-La….you have a nice new hot pad holder….These would make nice grab bag gifts, secret Santa gifts, or hostess gifts….something you stuff in a Christmas stocking.  Better yet, they would make a nice addition to your OWN kitchen.”

I did a video on how I made these.  You can check it out HERE or watch the embedded video.

10 years later I still have one of these potholders in my drawer and use it all the time.  I really think it might be time for me to make another batch.  I think it would be so fun to use some of the orphan blocks I have…or simply sew a crazy quilt crumb block for the front….Hmmm…that has me thinking.  Christmas is just around the corner.  If I made some now, I’d have them ready for gifts.

Blast from the Past: Making Headbands

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about making headbands using wool scraps and my Accuquilt Go.  I don’t have my Go anymore.

The first headband was made with the smallest flower and the smallest circle on the Rose of Sharon die.  Kalissa wanted flowers from ear to ear so there are 22 flowers across the band.  Layer a circle on the top of the flower.  Stitch an X through them then attach the flowers to the headband by sewing another X through the flowers and the headband.
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This headband was made with the second to the largest flower on the Rose of Sharon die and the smallest circle of the Circle die.  Layer the circle on top of the flower.  Use a gathering stitch, stitching through both pieces pulling up the stitches as you go.  Stop a bit before you get to the stitches and stuff a small amount of stuffing into the circle to make it poof.  Finish stitching.  Secure the stitches.  Stitch the flower along with two leaves to the headband.
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The daisy was really fun….you’ll need 13 white leaves and 2 green leaves along with one of the largest circles all from the Rose of Sharon die.  Layer the tips of the white petals in the flower shape.  Stitch through all the layers securing the leaves in place.  Stitch the circle to the center of the flower using a running stitch.  Stuff just a bit of stuffing into the center of the flower.  Secure the stitches and sew to the headband.   Sew two leaves to the headband too.
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This flower is my favorite.  It looks like a mum or a zinnia.  You’ll need to cut four large, three the next size smaller and two the next size smaller of the flowers on the Rose of Sharon die.
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Cut into the pieces as shown.
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Layer the pieces on top of each other.  Stitch through the center pulling tight to make the flower fluff.  Stitch through several times.  Then sew a shank button to the center.  Attach to the headband along with two leaves.
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The last headband is Kalissa’s favorite.  It has roses.  This one uses your Double Wedding Ring die (yes, Double Wedding Ring) and the Rose of Sharon die to cut five leaves.  You need one of the “leaf” shapes cut for each rose you want.
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Cut the notches off.  Then fold the shape in half as shown.
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Start rolling the piece with the raw edge to the top.
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Continue rolling until all is used.  Then flip it upside down and stitch through the bottom layers to keep the rose from unraveling.
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Attach the roses and leaves to the headband.

I made a video so you can check that out if you want. Here’s the link.
You can also watch it right here.

This video was made back in 2010…yes my hair was short then.  Back then Kalissa had a little flip video camera.  Oh, times have changed.  I love my low maintenance long hair!!

I did have a lot of fun making these headbands and Kalisssa loved them.  At some point, I’m probably going to wish I had the dye and my Accuquilt as I’m betting my granddaughters would like some headbands…and that’s what I was doing in October of 2010.

Quilts of September 2010

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about the quilts and other quilt-related things I discovered in April of 2010.

I was pretty busy back in September of 2010.  I had quilted these two panel quilts for my Aunt Agnes.

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I finished my Bubbly Quilt.  This one was so fun to make.  I honestly had a blast doing it.  A the time I was big into using my Accuquilt Go ( I no longer have one).  I used the circle dyes to cut the circles.

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You can read more about it HERE.  It is an easy quilt as the edges are raw applique done by machine.  
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I was busy making videos back then and I made a video on how I made this quilt.  Please keep in mind that back then, I had older equipment and a not so willing helper.

It’s a really quick video but I think you get the idea.  I should make one of these quilts again.  It was so fun.  Now with my new quilting machine, I wouldn’t use glue.  I think I’d do it without anything and simply hold the circles in place.

I tried something else new on this quilt… Continue reading

Blast from the Past: My Favorite Apron

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about the fun, simple and VERY easy apron Kayla and I made.

A bit ago you read my “blast from past” on quilts that I had made in August of 2019.  While I was writing that post I came across our epic canning day and my favorite apron ever.

Most people when they think of apron think of the kind the ties at your waste.  Not me, I like a good coverage apron from neck to my bottom.  Now that I’m not doing childcare, I wear aprons now more than ever…I think I have more time to think and remember to put one on!  HA!!

Anyway, Kayla and I were just about to start canning an epic batch of tomatoes.  I read the post and we made 33 quarts of salsa this day!!    The problem, we both wanted aprons and back then, I didn’t have any.  I never used one.

Kayla told me to run upstairs to my bedroom and grab an old T-shirt that was a little big on me.  A few short snips later and she had made the red apron that I’m wearing in the photo below.

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Here is the back view…. Continue reading