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Going Potholder Crazy!

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild had a potholder swap for our December Holiday Gift Exchange. At first I wasn’t extremely excited but, when it came down to it I had an absolute blast. There was a problem though. We had to design ONE potholder. 😦 One potholder? Are you serious? That was excruciating for me! So, instead of one, I designed FOUR! I know, I know. That’s a few more than one but, I had fun AND I got to try out some new techniques that I hadn’t tried before. The biggest thing that I got out of making potholders is that they are like a tiny mini quilt. Like a one block quilt. Anyhow, here are the potholders that I designed. Let me know what you think. The photos aren’t that great because I waited until I got to Home Ec. for the guild meeting to snap photos and wrap them!

Striped Delight
I’m really into solids and I have a sketch in my quilt sketchbook to make a quilt using 1″ strips (1.5″ strips with 1/4″ seam allowance on each side) of a variety of solids. So, I decided that my first potholder would be a mini version of this – with 1/2″ strips. I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to make a quilt like this. Very modern and chic. And fun as a potholder. Of course this one had to be circle. I just love circles – and it really seems to balance the linear design of the 1/2″ strips. The details were fun too because I put lots of colors on the back too – even inside the pockets have different colors – I didn’t take pictures though.

Improv
So, I’ve never done the improvisational log cabin block that everyone does. For some reason, I’m more drawn to clean lines and exactness in my quilts. So, this of course was my chance to do it. I had just bought a few pieces of the Alexander Henry Lorenza fabric in the Onyx colorway so I decided to have a go at it. I paired it with a couple of really weird Kona Cottons that I had bought for another project and they matched perfect. I bound it in Kona Cotton Cerise – one of my current favorites.

Strings of Strawberries
I hadn’t yet convinced myself to invest the energy in string piecing a whole quilt but, I’ve always wanted to try it. So, here was my golden chance. I had fabric left over from my Strawberry Disco Fields quilt and pulled a couple of other prints from my stash. It turned out to be a lot of green and a little red and black sprinkled in. So, I highlighted the green and just put one print on the back – a green and white polka. But, there a surprise inside! A little more of the Very Berry fabric! Once again – I didn’t get photos of the inside but, you’ll have to trust me!

Squares in Circles
When pulling fabrics from my stash, I had a stack of black and white next to a stash of green and whites and I just loved the combo. I just had to do something with this. I, as most of you have since established, love circles as well. So, I just pieced squares of various alternating green and white & black and white fabrics in a little patchwork block and then I pieced this into a black circle which I then pieced into a whit background.  I had fun with concentric circle quilting lines on this one. I also love the back. Pretty simple. But, I’ve always loved the Disco Dots fabric by Michael Miller in Black and White so I had to highlight it. The back is a little bit of a mistake. My intention was to have a green and white print at the top where the white is but, I think I placed it upside down. Oh well, another perfect mistake!

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And the Winner Is. . .

Sorry for the delay! I ran the Random Number Generator yesterday but, didn’t finish with my post. Anyhow I’ve been having so much fun this week with the potholders (for the swap that we had at the LA Modern Quilt Guild last night) I decided that the lucky winner will get to tell me what colors that she wants so that it will match her kitchen(or whatever other colors that she wants)!

And the winner is. . . . drum roll please. . . number 67 – Lynne! I will be emailing you shortly. Please respond back with your mailing address and the colors for your potholder so that I can get it in the mail by the 12th!

And, I know how much fun I had with the last potholders I made that I can’t just make one. So, I decided to pick another winner – or to let the Random Number Generator pick another winner. And the second winner is . . . Number 22 – Valerie! Once again, you can pick your colors and I’ll try to come up with something fun. Expect an email from me soon!

Thanks everyone for participating! And, I can’t wait to do it again.

Cheers!

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Giveaway!!!

Yeah! It’s Giveaway Day over at Sew, Mama, Sew. I almost missed it but, Beth allowed me to slide in at the last minute! (Thanks Beth!) Anyhow, I’m giving away three Michael Miller Plain Jane Gray fat quarters (pictured) AND, I don’t have pictures of the finished item yet but, we’re making pot holders for our holiday swap at The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and I’m going to include at least one of these. It’ll be a very cool pieced pot holder.

I’ll pick the lucky winner by using a Random Number Generator – just comment on this post to enter! Oh, and yes, I will ship internationally!

Enjoy! and make sure you stop by Sew Mama Sew so that you can sign up for more yummy giveaways. Just click on the button below!

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