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This Pot Holder Swap is open to anyone. We will be making two pot holders to send to your swap mate. Please post the colors of your kitchen or the colors you want in your pot holders to make it easier for your partner. Pot holders should have insul-bright or some other insulation in them to make them heat resistant. Patterns are your choice.
While quilting is not necessary something should keep the back and front together.
I will be taking names until Sunday,Feb. 20 and will give you your partners name the next day. You will have until May 1 to finish and mail your pot holders to your partner.
Please take a picture of your pot holder to share.
Syrumani - red,black,white or tan,sage,burgundy
BarefootT - red, white, black
housse 301 - blacks, red, brown
Quilter5dbsr - blues, greens, touch of yellow
jumper2 - blues & greens
Ladydragon5 - burgundy, gold, green or black & white
Taters55 - kitchen is beige so any color will do
Bettypauze -use up your scraps!
Heavenscape - any color, scrappy
Cheriffic - any color
Siliolegram - any color
Catbird423 - any colors
lilypad22 - yellow, red; vintage
Suggins - red, brown
Rvnsar - chili pepper red & green with blue counters
synda - grapes, burgundy, purple, green
I've rearranged the names so they are in color groupings.
I usually do that with my lists so that it is easier for me to
put fabrics together. Sorry if I confused anyone.
Thank you for the offer Karen. Right now I have a drawer full of pot holders, dish rags, table mats etc that I made for a craft fair last fall and then it didn't happen...I want to try this swap just because it is something I've never made...
Kizmo that is a great link to the pot holder tutorials. I love all of them and they shuld make it very difficult to choose which to make. I may make these for presents, too. One year I made towels for all my friends and the DIL'S. They loved them. I almost wish I had had each of us make for all of us (boy, would that have been a lot of pot holders!)
I've entered everyone and still have room for others.
Sew am I getting this correct...only make one set of pot holders?? for one person...name swap??? If so put me in!!! I can squeeze in one set !! knew I could not get a whole bunch done...so I did not even come look!!! so glad now I caved in and came to check this out ??!!!
Insul brite is so cheap Betty that it would be worth your while to buy a yard. Then it can be used for hot pads on the table too as well as pot holders and not have to worry about heat going through. I used it in all the mats I made last year and the oven mitt I made for Norm has it too. To me it is a safety thing. I'd be lost if I burnt my hands..
I put the first border on the quilt today. I like it much better now that it is "closed in" a bit...What do you think? I have a print material for the outside border...
OOOPPPS - I meant to post this in the What are you working on thread... sorry.
Winterfest in town, going for breakfast, craft show and then home to play..up bright and early, household chores all done so the rest of the weekend will be spent doing what I enjoy best...crafting..lol..
I think she is happy now that home is her own. She keeps up with things at her own pace and knows when she wants a free weekend and plans ahead. I'm not that organized YET but I'm trying. My house work is all done too except for the breakfast dishes which Norm is cooking as I speak. Omelets this morning with a side of bacon...Then it's clean the sewing room day...
Not happy Barb, thrilled to death..you know me, always have 6 tables all set up with projects waiting to be done..quiet here, turkey in the oven, applesauce cake cooling, bread is a cooking and I'm playing..
LOVE being home on my own..although, kids are dropping in for turkey tonight .. love having them visit but , we'll we know the but..
Went to Winterfest and bought some goodies, but one of the girls gave me a fabric bag/lined in which you put potatoes, or bread/yams etc to microwave..hate to use it as it looks too pretty to be baking in.
I went out and got a yard of insul bright today . . . I figure that will give me plenty to practice with. They even cut some of the paper wrapping from the bolt, which included instructions for an oven mitt . . .
Ok, so I cut the pieces to make a practice potholder. The instructions I had were to have the back layer, insulbright, warm/natural batting, then front layer. I wonder, though, if using two layers of insulbrite like siliolegma's pattern says to use would be better than the warm/natural batting? It would probably cut back alot on the little white puffs coming out on the batting side of the potholder . . . and just to warn my trade buddy (whoever you are) - I am going to hand quilt the potholders! I've not really hand quilted before, but the pattern I want to use I can't use on my machine (and have it look good) . . . so I'm going to do my best, and hope you like it!
Last call! If you know of anyone else who would like to join us tell them to let me know NOW. I will be closing this swap later this week and giving you your partner's name by D-mail. If you are not in the address exchange please send me your e-mail and mailing addresses. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Geez LK...you got me!! I'll try this ladies, but by no means do I sew like I do other things. I have a ton of fabric around, and some batting, but what the heck is "insulbrite"? Guess I can get some at JoAnn's. Anyway I will give it a shot, but whoever gets me will be sorry. :))
As for me my kitchen is all chili peppers in reds, yellows, greens and I have blue counters. Sounds weird, but it works. Kind of like a nice, cheesy Mexican restaurant.
Thanks for the link LK. I have a ton of patterns in several books. I use them when I paint pysanky. Just don't know all the ins and outs of piecework with fabric. my Grandmother was the sewing genius in our house. I'll do this in her honor and know that she is somewhere up there laughing for sure.
I forgot my colors...My kitchen red (like barn red) and brown. Plain ones, quilted, I am open to anything.
I have never made pot holders before. The only thing that looks like it might difficult is the binding, but one of the above links shows a method that I had never thought of, so maybe that will help. I will have to read the instructions on the insulbrite, just to be sure that I put it correctly.
I assume that the two pot holders don't have to be the same, right?
Quoting:By the way, pot holders do not have to be quilted. There are lots of patterns out there for applique, embroidery, pleated, etc. They do, however, need to be made out of pre-washed cotton fabric.
But, if we did want to quilt them, would it be feasible to quilt each side, then put the sides together for binding?
Yes, that would be the way you would do it. Just wanted to give people options.
By the way, I cleaned out my sewing shelved to day and found that I have two books like the one pictured about, the 101Fun-To-Quilt Pot Holders. If someone would like to have my second copy let me know and I will mail it to you. It shouldn't go to waste. First to let me know gets it!
I thought I would talk a little bit about size. I don't think it makes any difference what size or shape you make these in. I have seen them rectangle, square, oval
and fancy shapes like roosters or snowmen. I have also seen those that let you put your hand in them and they, too, are in a variety of shapes and sizes. I made a bunch of mitts and towels to match for my DIL's for Halloween/Thanksgiving two years ago and they loved them.
I hope you will experiment and make what you are comfortable with; in other words...HAVE FUN! You might find, as I did, that they are fun to make for gifts in different seasonal fabrics.
If you have me...any color , any size, any shape is fine... my kitchen is in red, black, and white...but you do not need to stick to that...Happy Stitchin'...I got to go check out what my buddy wants...
are we keepin secrets until received????? and when are we posting pictures? as received? or are we waiting till everyone has theirs and doing a BIG reveal????? I don't remember if I read anything about any of that??!!
Mail as you finish your project. I think we all will be encouraged by the pictures of the ones that are done. Please either show a picture as you receive or hope tht your partner took a picture before she sent it to you.
Please let us know when you get your your pot holders so that I can keep track of who has gotten their treasures and who is still waiting.
Each of you has your own partner; I drew names and that is how it came out. No exchanges, just send to the person whose name you received.
That's what the instructions (that were on the paper the insul-bright was wrapped in) said to do when making a mitt . . . but for the potholders, I'm going to use 2 layers of the insul-bright - the shiny sides out, of course . . . that makes it feel pretty thick.
Ok...I'm a newbie to all of this pot holder stuff...LOL,so bare with me. You have your 2 pieces of washed cotton material for the pretty outsides and then on the inside you have a layer of insul-bright and a layer of Warm & Natural...correct? or do you need to have a layer of insul-bright on each side of you warm and natural on the inside ? Are any of you guys worried that I'm your buddy yet ????? ...LOL
Put insulbrite on both sides, cause you don't know which side she will use!
So it should be fabric, insulbrite, warm and natural, insulbrite, fabric!
Just a hint when sewing them all together. The fabrics will slide, so make sure you use lots of pins!
Quoting:So it should be fabric, insulbrite, warm and natural, insulbrite, fabric!
Wouldn't that make it too thick? The insulbrite - on the non-shiny side has a thicker layer of (I gues it's own version) of batting. Wouldn't putting 2 pieces of that back to back count as a layer of warm & natural?
Nichole, The batting will be absorbing the heat. Insul-brite is heat resistant, not heat proof.. maybe that's why it's also suggested to use both sides of the pot holder.
Also found this alternative if you find it too bulky to sew.
It was posted on a competing site. So I can't post the link.
This is what she suggested if one doesn't want to use an extra layer of Insulbrite.. 1) quilter's cotton (Perhaps use a print to represent the "hand" side.)
2) one layer of regular batting
3) one layer of Insul-Brite, with the shiny side facing toward the "hot" side
4) quilter's cotton (Perhaps use a solid to represent the "hot" side.)
Now that makes sense. Yet, how many of us just grab without thinking the right side to use!! Lol!!
I have done them using one layer of Insul-brite and one of W&N. They seem to work fine. I do tell recipients to use the back or plain side (where the Insul-brite is) to touch the hot surface. Insul-brite cannot go in a microwave, altho I don't understand why someone would try to heat it - even tho my one sister tried to give a reason. LOL
Annie since I am learning to make Pot Holders... I have learned that people also make Baked Potato Bags...to put a potato in to bake in the microwave,so that is why they would probably tell you that about the Insul-brite.
Oh my gosh!...I didn't even think of that! I read where someone said their bag caught on fire...that must have been why. It was a gift...don't know if it was made by the person that gave it to her or bought at an art/craft fair.
I'm not trying to be difficult . . . just want to make sure I do it right! The extra batting, though . . . do you think it needs to be right up to the edge of the holder, or could it be just up to the point where the binding would be sown on (as long as it is secured to other layers)?
Last pot holders I made I put insulbrite in between two layers of warm and natural...and made the pot holders with a "design" on one side and a "plain" back...faced the insulbrite to the "plain" side...
DH uses them all the time, and I have had no complaints...
I put magnets in a corner of some of them so they could "hang" on the stove, dishwasher, or fridge...some I put a loop in the binding at a corner , so they could hang on a hook...
Synda, No I did not get a name from ladydragon5 because the group had already closed befor I came back to the site. I had sent an email to the forum saying hello and introducing myself and asking if there were any projects going on and Siliolegma mentioned the potholders and said the cut off time passed but she would trade with me. I noticed that she go her partner and wanted to be fair and asked her if she still wanted to swap with me.
I finished a pot holder today! It doesn't look half bad, if I do say so myself! The question is . . can I find enough material of the one color at the fabric store to make a second one, or will this one stay with me as I make two more with a slightly different color? Time will tell . . . hehehe
Everyone seems to be having fun and I'm so glad. I have been out of town so I need to buckle down and look through my book for a design and decide!
These pot holders do get somewhat thick but so do the ones you buy. That is the price you pay for not burning your hand. You do not have to cut the inside the same size as the outer fabric. That helps with the thickness under the binding.
Well you can tell that you don't iron enough when you have put your iron away and can't find it...so guess what ,I'm going to buy me a NEW one !!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been wanting a new ironing board anyhow since we moved to the new house and that was almost 5 years ago !
LOL...Rick and Ryan both just shake their heads at me...honest to goodness at 4:00am I was searching for my iron,"Ryan,(he is so calm),he says why are you looking for your iron at 4:00 in the morning?" And I told him ,because if there is something on my mind I can't sleep because it drives me crazy...He informed that I was strange...LOL !
I hardly ironed until I started quilting a couple years ago. I too had to buy an ironing board...the old one sat out in the garage and rusted, I'd been using a small table top ironing board for the rare occassion I ironed something! Now I've covered a board and its working much better than the cone shape surface of the ironing board.
Yea, I think you're going to need the quilting supplies...once you start finding out its fun to iron fabrics that don't have to be worn, you'll want to do more sewing!
synda wrote:LOL...Rick and Ryan both just shake their heads at me...honest to goodness at 4:00am I was searching for my iron,"Ryan,(he is so calm),he says why are you looking for your iron at 4:00 in the morning?" And I told him ,because if there is something on my mind I can't sleep because it drives me crazy... !
Boy does this sound familiar. I do the same thing and it makes my DH crazy. I lay awake for hours thinking about things I need to do or want to do. Sometimes I think I should just get up more often and do them!
Truthfully I used to iron all the time...never took the ironing board down,then we moved to a trailer after Rick and I got married and didn't have the room.But now we have the house and I want it that way again.I love crisp starched clothes !!!!!!
Oh neener...I can't sleep on a good night,let alone when something is on my mind. I will sometimes go for days with only a couple hours sleep here and there...I have tried to explain to Rick that my brain doesn't shut off,he thinks I'm nuts..LOL !I've told him that in my sleep my brain will tell me to wake up,I can actually here the words "Wake up" in my sleep,like if someone is talking to me...And the older I get the worse it has gotten,I think the big "M" word has added to it...LOL. Or maybe I've just went over the edge...LOL.But understand I'm trying to explain this to a man that can be a sleep in less than 2 min. after his head hits the pillow.
But Rick was an awesome hubby,he called from town on his way home from work and asked if I needed anything...LOL,I said OMG Yes,I NEED an iron !!!!!!!! So now I have a brand new one...LOL.
There is something about night and the relaxation of being in bed that makes my mind work. I come up with all kinds of things to do, revelations about how to solve the problems of the day, and, yes, questions about "where did I put that" during the night. Drives me crazy but since I live alone I am the only one who knows. LOL
heavenscape wrote:Goodness Synda!!! So, while you're at the store, pick up a rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler.. you can start to quilt!!
I'm just passing thru here. Thanks to SOMEONE (SYNDA!!), I've been searching this house high & low for my cutting mat! I found my cutter and acrylic ruler, but not my mat...and it's the biggest of my sewing things. HOW did it get lost???
taters55 wrote:Still need colors for Rvnsar and synda please?
You talkin about me LK?? I posted up above, but this is what I said. As for me my kitchen is all chili peppers in reds, yellows, greens and I have blue counters. Sounds weird, but it works. Kind of like a nice, cheesy Mexican restaurant.
WARNING : http://yarn-or-fabric.weebly.com/potholder-tutorial-links.html
The pattern...Chicken or the egg quilted potholder has an error. Pieces listed as back top and back bottom need a 1/4" seam allowance added to each piece where they are sewed together. Otherwise they come out as too small. Ask me how I know this.
The smart thing to do is make one before you cut out several pairs. Just saying.
I also seen a pattern for pot pinchers while I was looking at patterns...I was wondering if they really pooch open like the pictures. I already have a simular pattern...it's heart shaped, but I wouldn't know what to change so that it was gapped open ready for the fingers to slip in. Any ideas?
Our local Quilt Club had a challenge last year. We each got a fat quarter of the same fabric and were told to make anything we wanted out of it. Then they would be judged at the last meeting of the year. I used the pattern that Synda showed you above to make a mitt from the fabric and then made a border out of the fabric for a kitchen towel to match. Didn't win any awards but I like it, and I got to keep it after.
OK...Hot Pads finished !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I need to go to town to buy hair dye to cover all the gray hairs...shouldn't take much dye since I have pull most of my hair out...LOL !
I will have to say it has been fun and an experience !!!!!!!!! And Buddy when you get this package I want you to know you have been forewarned !!!! LOL Hope to get mailed out in the next day or so...
Had to be fast...Ryan was like a drill Sergent standing over my shoulder and then I had a cat trying to help me measure...they drove me nuts !!!!! And Rick was a Butt Munch all weekend so I wasn't talkin' to him...
Just got back from a little road trip the last few days, so now I will try (notice I said try) to focus on pot holder construction. Bless you my partner, in advance, because you are going to need it. :0)
Quoting:Even us that sleep with our sewing machines have frequent angst! :((
Yeah, my sewing table took the place of a nightstand. If I need a light to see the buttons on the remote, I turn the light on from sewing machine . . .
And I did start my potholders over again. Only because I ran low on one color, and couldn't find more of that pattern in all of San Antonio. The one I did finish (before I started over) works really well when using my cast iron skillet . . .
No boxes at my post office..lol wondered if it was coming my way Laura...keep coming back to this thread and checking date for mailing...thank goodness I still have a little over a month..got to get my act together!
I've been out of town for the last week. When I came home yesterday, I was surprised to find a big thick package from Lexington Park! Am I the first to receive my pot holders! They are wonderful! Love the colors and the fabrics and they fit my kitchen so well! And she made 3!, not just two. They are a good size for setting hot dishes on, which is especially nice (I often need to use two of my smaller potholders to set a pot or hot dish on - I bought insulbrite a year or so ago to make some bigger ones and never got around to it,ha). I hope I can do as good a job making mine for my trade partner! Thank you so much Laura!
So happy you like them Tish. This is the first time to make potholders. And to honest with everyone the first set I made did not make it past the trash can. It was kinda hard to get all the layers to work with me. I had fun and so glad I joined the swap.
Laura no one would ever tell this was you first attempt at pot holders. They are wonderful and just what I had in mind when I suggested this swap. I'm so glad yu had fun working on them. That is the point of these swaps; that you should have fun doing them and the recipient will enjoy the fruits of your labor.
LOL!! I spent most of the day in potholder land. OMG! I think I may be finally getting it, but it is going to take a third attempt I think to get something I can send. Remind me just to lurk the next time and keep my mouth shut. :))
Never would we do that!!! This is how we learn and grow. We get challenged with these swaps and before you know it we have a new technique or method or pattern that we feel comfortable working with and giving to others. I've learned so much through the swaps. You will do just fine I'm sure...
Yes, Its fun to learn to sew/quilt something new or try something you haven't done before. This will be the first pot holders of this type that I have made. I also have plans to make a couple more as some thank you gifts. Its nice to have a swap project that only requires a couple items to make.
My potholders are almost done! I'm still working on the binding . . . the front looks great! the backside . . . well, it's a good thing it's the backside! Overall, though, I think not bad for a first attempt!
Well, I found out I don't have a broken finger, I have 2 broken fingers. Both top knuckles on the index and middle finger are broken. I have to wear splints till the 13th of April, then another x-ray to see if they heal properly! UGHHH!
Well ,mine are off to my buddy,God Bless her,she's gonna need it after she gets these...LOL. Spent $49.01 at the P.O. today,teach me to put off mailing everything at once...had to make 2 trip in,couldn't carry everything...LOL.But I have loved this swap... definitely a learning experience...LOL !
Well, I got my pot holders today from Synda! Wow, are they nice! I love the fabric she chose, plus the extra, wrap around pot holder, and the micr fiber towels too! The blue one she made to hang on the stove!
How cool is that!
Plus a few little extra's, cause she knows I love frogs and angels!
Thanks so much Synda! I love them so much!
First the pot holders...