popping in with a little birthday present i made for my sister Laura. she loves to bake but doesn’t own a stand mixer (!), so for her “main present” the family teamed up on funds to help her buy one. couldn’t just leave it at that, though! had to make her a pot holder too.
i love to make pot holders as gifts. they satisfy the urge to do a little bit of quilting, they’re super practical, they’re quick and fun. i can make them with scraps or a fat quarter in an evening. haha too bad my own pot holders are basic black ones that i bought when i was in college…
with this one i just went with a super cool print instead of piecing – it’s alison glass’ sun print feathers in black (i got a fat quarter at bolt, you can get the fabric online here). the binding is shot cotton but i don’t know which color – Tara sent it to me!
there are two layers of batting sandwiched in there, and for the quilting i just did 1” diamonds to keep it basic and more traditional to go with the more modern print/color scheme.
i added a pocket to the back so Laura (and her husband!) could use it as either an oven mitt or a trivet if they wanted. the potholder is 8” square so the pocket was cut at 5.5” i think? just did two layers wrong sides together, bound the top edge, basted it on, and enclosed it with the binding. i zigzagged the binding a la Rachel’s tutorial.
when it was my dad’s turn to cook when we were kids, he’d often add some special ingredient and call it “deluxe.” baked beans + hot dogs? beans deluxe! oatmeal + nuts + raisins? oatmeal deluxe! always made me giggle. so here, potholder + hand pocket + hanging loop? potholder deluxe!
happy birthday, sis! i love you!
oh and you know you can bake me cookies / bread / cake whenever you want – just sayin’.
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P.S. do you remember the dress i made for E in the red version of this print? she calls it her “karate dress” and though it’s too short now, she still loves to wear it.