Saturday, September 06, 2014
String Improvisations : 2 Potholders and a Pillow
I had 6 extra blocks leftover from the Black-White-and-Red String Quilt. At first I sewed them together 2x3, but that seemed a little wide for a table runner. Then I thought I could pull them apart into the current configuration : 2 single potholders, and a 2x2 pillow. This is such a great and easy way to put together single blocks for potholders. I made these 2 for my Sweetie who does most of the cooking at our house. Big enough for his hands, with 2 layers of batting for extra protection from any hot pans. Works like 2 charms!
I haven't quilted the big quilt yet. Since I hadn't pre-washed the fabric nor the muslin foundations [I know--I know : I've been on the lookout for the Quilt Police ever since!], I wanted to do a test run with these smaller blocks.
The perfect pillow for my reading nook on the porch!
The verdict is that I think I'll be just fine. I was actually hoping that the foundation fabric would shrink up more than it did. I know the Hobbs 80/20 batting will shrink up in the bed quilt. That's what gives it that nice antique-y look and feel. This old mattress pad in these smaller pieces didn't shrink at all. It's been washed so many times, it's done shrinking--but then, that's the beauty of such materials.