This week is my mom’s birthday, so today I’m working on a project for her. A few days ago she saw a potholder I made while experimenting with and mentioned that she liked it.
She’s been talking about doing some work on her kitchen cabinets lately and I asked her if she could use a new potholder. She said she could. She likes bright colors, like yellow and orange, and blue.
Initially I saw a potholder on A Quilt is Nice that I thought was really cute. There’s an easy tutorial for it too, on Freda’s Hive, but I have really been wanting to try Kaffe Fassett’s very simple “African Huts” from his book, Quilt Road. So I made a block that I thought would be great.
Actually, I was so confident, I made two.
But I think they’re pretty dark. They don't sing "Happy House" to me. I think I’m going to finish them up anyway. I may like them more later. I find that often happens if I just stick with it.
Then I moved on to another idea. I’ve had a book called Quilt Talk, which has a paper pieced alphabet I’ve wanted to try for awhile. I ended up needing smaller letters, though, so I just drafted the letters to my size using the patterns.
There was one other quilt in Quilt Road I thought would also make a great potholder called “A Cup of Tea for Kaffe”. I chose to try it, but I just drew the pattern from the picture onto some graph paper, so mine looks a little bit wonky. I found some Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, which I haven’t used in forever, and didn’t even know that I had, and used it for the applique pieces.
So I have two, maybe three, potholders started for my mom. I quilted them and rounded the edges, like in the tutorials, but haven’t yet added the binding. That will have to wait until tonight.