On Thursday night I made some quilted pot holders for my sister-in-law’s birthday.
I made the pot holders using the “instant quilting technique”. I first came across this technique when I was having lessons with Gillian Marshall from Deezigner Quilts. Ok, getting side tracked here… Gillian is the most patient person in the world. I had lessons with her for about two years and patiently, ever so patiently she would urge me to keep going, “Unpick Tash, you can do that better, unpick Tash.” Yes, I am the great unpicker – every time I see my old high school sewing teacher she still sighs. Any way, I couldn’t find a link to Gillian’s website which is a pity as she has made some amazing quilts – like one called Australian Oddessey which even Mr Google couldn’t find a photo of! Very boring. Anyway, back to the story…
I found this tutorial from the My Girl Thursday blog (she has a few cute diy’s – nice clear instructions – although she does presume that you have some sewing knowledge). She used Teflon heat-resistant filling, I used Pellon which is basically wadding with a fuseable side. This allows you to iron/fuse one strip on, then sew the next, iron that one flat and then sew the next. You end up with an incredibly flat and crisp quilted seams.
Anyway, I ended up making 4 x 9 inch squares. Two with vintage floral fabrics and two with brown and yellow toned fabrics. It’s a great way to use up your stash as you can play around with the width of your strips.
Oh, and I came across this the other day. Called Journiables, they are something I will be adding to my birthday list this year as I am a very visual learner. And which one would I start with? Probably the James to Jude edition!
Thanks Tim Challies.
And yes, I still make birthday lists…