I made this oversized hot pad tonight. I started it last year, and paper pieced the star from a pattern at the awesome Wombat Quilts. A couple of things I wanted to note:
1. I have given quite a few oversized hot pads as Christmas gifts, and they have generally been very well received. I like to give them because I am hard on hot pads, because I love to cook. This means I could probably get a new hot pad every year and not complain. These are the kind of gift I love to give because they are useful and beautiful at the same time.
2. I made the binding on the bias. I typically don’t do bias binding unless I am going around curves, and I usually cut binding 2 1/4” prior to ironing it. I cut this binding the same, and later wished I had cut it 2 1/2, because it was a pretty tight squeeze getting that wrapped around all the layers of batting in that hot pad (I put 3 layers of scrapped 80/20 I had lying around.)
I hope the recipient likes it, but I can’t tell who it is until after Christmas.
I am so excited to have finished this quilt. I have been working on it for quite a few years. I can’t even remember how many at this point. I instantly fell in love with these panels when I went to my local quilt shop and bought the big one and the little squares.
I decided to make it a window quilt after seeing some cute ones done with panels at quilt guild. It’s a long story, and I posted a video about it on my youtube channel, but here are a couple of photos of the things that kept me stumped. It’s funny how it turned out that just a few simple fill in blocks finished it up nicely.
I got the whole quilt finished and bound, and then realized that I hadn’t quilted in one tree, and I had quilted the other one, so I had to re-load it on my long arm machine for five little triangles. Oh well, it was completely worth it. I’m so happy it’s complete. Merry Christmas!
With the re-launch of my quilting services, I decided to make a few videos. So far I have a binding tutorial, and one about how to get your quilt ready for the long arm machine. I have got a couple up, and a few more on the way. Have a look, and if you have any feedback or something you would like to see, or a question I can try to answer I would love it!
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I was feeling sorry for myself that I had not finished a darn thing all year, and then I remembered: I finished this peach dress! My brother Jesse got married in July, and I made that dress out of rayon. It breathed very nicely, and I loved the drape of it, but my baby son fell asleep in my arms and sweated all over it and wrinkled it almost to death later in the evening. I still love the dress. It is so nice to have an article of clothing that fits exactly the way you want it to, because you made it that way!
So I can’t say I haven’t finished a darn thing all year. I have. One darn thing.
PS, is my new sister in law not the most gorgeous creature? I am very fond of her.
I haven’t been doing much stitching, due to illness, pre-school co-op turns, and a variety of other reasons. But my aunt sent me a fun link I thought I ought to share. I don’t speak German, but it appears to be the site of a woman who crafts all sorts of clever things, from dolls to skirts.
I really like this page, with little crocheted picnic / tea sets. There are also a lot of fun pages of bright, fun children’s clothes.
The best way to navigate is the side bar on the left, with tons of links to her interesting and colorful crafts.
She also has a blog, which is Greek to me, but full of fun pictures and wares!