I’ve been playing with my “strings”, trying to come up with new combinations. What do you think…
So, I started with this set of strips.
Here were some of the different combinations I came up with.
I’ll show you more with the next post!
I added another pot holder to my Etsy Shop today! Lately, I’ve been making an effort to create pot holders using 100% organic cotton fabric.
LOVE this fabric!!! (by Nancy Mims/”Chick Chick”)
To me, it makes sense for my pot holders to be as eco-friendly as possible. After all, I’m giving new life to re-purposed denim jeans.
Staying with that line of reasoning (recycling and being kind to the planet), it just seemed to make sense to also use the most eco-friendly (yet fashionable) cotton fabric.
At this time, it is very difficult to find other sustainable types of fabric (hemp, soy or bamboo) that is
A. affordable enough to use in a project for resale and
B. are designed with fun, inviting prints that people would WANT to buy for their home
But what about the DYES, you ask? Just how “Green” are you being?
Although I’m able to find 100% Organic Cotton fabric, the industry is still working on Chemical Free Dyes. It is my understanding that companies using organic cotton are trying to use “low impact dyes”.
Hey, it wasn’t too terribly long ago that the idea of using 100% Organic Cotton fabric would have been inconceivable. We’ve come far!!
And the farming practices behind Organic Cotton are fabulous and VERY good for the environment!!
That being said…here is the latest Pot Holder in my shop using Re-Purposed Denim Jeans and 100% Organic Cotton fabric for the lining!
My husband was counting the days until the Dorito Taco from Taco Bell came out.
So we tried it.
I thought it was o-k-a-y but nothing spectacular. The shell seemed stale. Maybe it was too thin compared to a regular Dorito chip but for some reason it didn’t really remind me of a Dorito.
I was excited to find some great fabric. But before I could get busy making the pot holders, I had to cut out (lots) of heat resistant batting (Insul-Brite).
I have a REALLY big roll stored in the garage now. I finally bought some wholesale after MANY repeated trips to the fabric store for 4x the price!
When you’re cutting in your living room, it’s not always easy to find the space!
So, more to come regarding the new pot holders!
A while ago, I downloaded a free pattern from Quilt Magazine. It’s originally from the 2012 Dec/Jan issue of the magazine.
It’s called The Indian Summer Block and you can download it here from Quilt Magazine if you’re interested.
I don’t paper piece very often and in this case I only planned on making one block (not a whole quilt).
I recently purchased some fabric from Fabricworm and decided to use them in this block.
I started with this…
I messed up the first two blocks. Duh…oh well, like I said I don’t paper piece very often! :)
Here I am back on the right track!
So, here I am almost done. Looking good!
I really like it!! It works out to be 11 1/2” square. So, what shall it be? I’m kinda thinking Table Topper?
The tube quilt is progressing…I’ve got all of the blocks cut now.
I started with a lot of tubes!
I like to press the blocks on a towel to prevent the seams from “indenting” the block.
I also only press from the backside of the blocks. This seems to keep the seams from stretching out.
I have a total of twelve different blocks. I plan on putting them together in a random, “scrappy” fashion.
Not sewn together yet, just up on the design wall.
I’m liking it but what about borders? And, I’ve got a lot of extra “tubes” leftover. I think I’ll use those…not sure how yet.
I really like this quilt! A great use of my Moda Max and Whisker Jelly Roll!