I went on a cleaning rampage this week. Two ants in the kitchen and I mopped that floor like a crazy mom. I also cleaned my sewing room and saw I had a table underneath all those bits of fabric and junk! Within 15 minutes that night, I couldn't see it again. It's a regenerative fabric mess! It was cleaned to put up a fabric bulletin board that I will share with you next week. I actually got my husband to use a rotary cutter!! I so took pictures!
These potholders have been popping up here and here, and I wanted to make some manly ones for Father's Day. I also don't want to feel guilty about using them. Black potholders hide the yucky gunk that can accumulate over time. Plus, you can free motion them without perfectionism guilt. Yes, I have been practicing!
Ok, these are a little late for Father's Day, but I waited on the binding until last weekend. Can't blame me, right? Hand quilting was added to the wonky letters.
They are about 9 inch square, but I thought bigger is better and I got carried away with the wonky lettering. It took more fabric and time than I thought to make them. I left grommets off since we just stick these in a kitchen draw anyway.
How do you get around the problem with the Insul-Bright pilling when quilting them? A lot of white fuzz showed on the black backing. I used a smaller needle, but that only helped a little bit. Plus, I think the mylar lining really dulls the needles. I kept hearing a punching noise as I free motioned.
I practiced zig-zags and opened seams.
I want to make this beauty. I think the points came out better too.
Make sure to visit Sew and Tell. There are more talented and crafty people than me out there. I also have a giveaway here if you would like some summer reading. Winner announced Monday.