Pretty Fast Pot-Holders

Do you ever have one of those weeks that turns into one of those months? You think you have everything laid out in a timely fashion and suddenly it’s a few weeks later and you haven’t done half of what you meant to do? That’s been my September! I can’t believe October is almost here. I picked two big buckets full of walnuts out of my yard yesterday, the sugar maples are just starting to turn, and the ragweed (and my allergies) are in full bloom. It’s officially Fall.

I love to bake when the weather gets snappy, but when I went to pull some cookies out of the oven last night, I discovered I was down to a single pot-holder. Our dog, Jaclyn, has been growing up the last year, and I’m afraid a few pot-holders fell victim to her puppy need to destroy.

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Jaclyn doesn’t look like the face of utter destruction, does she?

So today, we’re going to make a pot-holder, perfect for all your cooking and baking needs as well as for gifts! I have a couple orphan blocks I want to put to use today, but you can use any block or piece of cotton fabric.

Supplies:

  • Two squares of fabric or two blocks – approximately 8″x8″
  • Insul-Bright or other thermal batting
  • 3″ of cotton ric-rac or other natural fiber ribbon for loop handle
  • Sewing supplies (e.g., machine, thread, scissors)

To get started, cut your fabric or size your blocks to the desired size square. Cut a square of Insul-Bright batting the same size.

1 Cut out batting

Fold the ric-rac into a loop and place it in the corner of the right side of the fabric, pointing in. Layer the two fabric squares right sides together and the batting on top.

Sew a quarter inch all around, leaving a 2″ opening. Trim corners.

4 opening and trim

Turn.

5 turning

Press opening to the inside and top stitch to secure closed.

6 sew opening closed

Finish quilting on the machine, or get some perle cotton and do some big stitch hand quilting.

7 quilting

Voila! Now I’ll be ready for all my baking adventures.

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If you make a pot-holder, we want to see it! Share with us over on Facebook or Instagram. And while you’re over on Instagram, join me tonight from 7-8pm (CDT) for a live craft-in. I’ll be playing some tunes, working on a sweet little hexie project that’s near and dear to my heart, and answering any questions y’all have. I won’t get to do one next week because I’ll be in Des Moines at QuiltWeek, but I’ll be back to our regular schedule after that.

Happy creating!

Emily

Seasons Greetings

It happened a couple weeks ago. Sitting on my porch, drinking my first cup of coffee for the day, carried there by a breeze chilly enough to have me wearing a sweatshirt in August, a yellow leaf fell at my feet. It happened again yesterday while mowing: I ran over the first walnut of the season. Autumn is arriving early for Missouri after an uncharacteristically cool summer. I, for one, welcome our autumnal overlords.

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Fall is the start of prime crafting season! Cooler weather means more time in my craft studio, but it also means time to start thinking about… dare I say it?

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*horror movie scream*

I know, I know, I know, but we’re crafters! We must face the truth. If you haven’t already started thinking about what you’re making loved ones, now’s the time to start! For the next couple months, we’ll be bringing you a free project every week to jump-start your creativity and gift stockpile. This week, we’re getting organized with our to-do list. Click on the link to download our  Holiday Gift List and fill yours out, at least with who all you’ll be giving a gift to this year.

We’re also starting a new thing over on our Instagram. We’ll be going live every Wednesday night at 7pm central time crafting, listening to music, and answering your questions. So be sure to follow and join us for a chill little weekly craft party!

And last but not least, if you’re at Fall Paducah QuiltWeek September 13-17, come say hi to me in the AQS booth! I’ll be the cute lil’ redhead working register.

Happy creating!

Emily