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Thread: Potholders

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    Made two pairs of potholders. On one set I used binding and the other set I turned. Definitely prefer the turning method -- not only did they come out better, they were way less work.

    They are the same fabrics...the pictures look different due to the lighting.

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    Lovely

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    Question to you and others making potholders -- They are so lovely, but do you actually use them? I really need some new potholders, but if they looked as nice as yours, I wonder if I'd use them or be afraid of getting them dirty!!!

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    I love them! They are both really nicely done. As for getting dirty you can always make more which gives you a reason to quilt if you need another reason! LOL

    I added this to the miniatures in the Virtual Section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    Question to you and others making potholders -- They are so lovely, but do you actually use them? I really need some new potholders, but if they looked as nice as yours, I wonder if I'd use them or be afraid of getting them dirty!!!
    I hear you. I made one of these sets as a gift for my DDIL, and I will encourage her to use them. The other set will be used as "prize" at a party, although it has occurred to me that only a quilter would appreciate the work involved.

    You are right -- a lot of work (in these pieced potholders) for something that will get dirty and laundered frequently. Probably best to use cute fabric and minimal piecing.

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    Very cute :D:D:D

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    Those are great! :thumbup:
    My mom made potholders a couple years ago for Christmas gifts. I had a friend come over and she was shocked that I would use them! I told her my mom would be more upset if I put them away and never used them!
    Another thing to add to my "to do" list! LOL! Maybe a way to use up "practice" pieces!

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    How fun! I enjoy making pot holders too!

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    very pertty

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana
    Made two pairs of potholders. On one set I used binding and the other set I turned. Definitely prefer the turning method -- not only did they come out better, they were way less work
    Nice work. I believe in using things, as well. Don't like to see a quilt or anything like that sitting in a closet.

    Would you give a little crash course in 'turning' the potholders, please?

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    I love making potholders from my scraps. My MIL prefers flannel ones, and they definintely get used. I use 3-4 layers of flannel.

    One thing I do is to baste the back and batting together before sewing on the top. That keeps the batting from slipping around and bunching up.

    One word of warning: If you combine flannel and quilting cotton in a potholder, it will shrink and warp. This is because flannel shrinks much more than cotton, even after a couple of washings. I have been told that in the "old days" this was sometimes done on purpose.

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    Would you give a little crash course in 'turning' the potholders, please?[/quote]

    I trimmed the top, backing, one layer of Insulbrite (insulated batting, from Joann's), and one layer of 100% cotton (Warm and Natural) so they were all the same size, say 7" square. Make the sandwich:
    insulbrite
    cotton batting
    backing, right side up
    top, wrong side up.

    If you want a loop for hanging, make it and insert between the backing and top, at one corner. It will get caught in the edge seam.

    Sew around the edges, maybe 1/4" seams (or a little bigger), leaving about 4" open so you can turn it. I went a tiny bit diagonal across the corners, which worked out well (and it made the loop very tidy).

    Trim the seams to 1/4" if needed. Turn right side out, hand sew the opening, and then do some quilting/top stitching as desired. I top-stitched about 1/2" from the edge, but you might do as little as 1/8".

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    I made a "test" potholder and not only is doing binding more work and a PITA, it also pays to use insulbrite. 3 layers of warm and natural are NOT enough! :D

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    Nice potholders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    Question to you and others making potholders -- They are so lovely, but do you actually use them? I really need some new potholders, but if they looked as nice as yours, I wonder if I'd use them or be afraid of getting them dirty!!!
    I make quite a few potholders, for myself and others, and I use mine. Usually when I make them, it is to test out how a particular quilting design looks like with a particular block/color combo before I mess up a larger quilt. Sometimes it is to test out a new technique. That way i don't have a bunch of orphan blocks. I made several to play with color and practice picking colors.

    I did have one potholder i liked so much that i hung it on my sewing room wall for awhile first, before I used it and got it dirty, but eventually I wanted the pretty in my kitchen and not on the wall, so I'm using it now.

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    Your potholders are great.
    This is a good project for gifts. I will have to get busy.

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    Very nice!

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    Marcie,

    Thanks for the instructions. That seems easy enough.

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    Cool pot holders. Thanks for sharing.

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    Really cute! Nice job.

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    Very pretty!!

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