Saturday, July 31, 2010
Log cabin style quilted potholder tutorial
Yesterday I should have been canning up green beans, but I didn't feel like it. I've been up about every 30 minutes throughout the night for the past 4-5 nights and I'm just worn out. We think the baby girl is cutting teeth again because she's running a low-grade fever, off her food, and nursing a LOT.
So...instead I decided to try my hand at quilting. This was my first quilting project and I loved it - absolutely LOVED it. I think I'm hooked.
I had received a set of log cabin style quilted pot holders and hot pad in a craft swap a few years ago and really like them a lot and thought, "Hey, I think I can do that."
So I finally did.
It's really pretty darn simple, too!
The first step is to cut out a bunch of 1.5" strips of fabric.
I selected eight different patterns in two main colors - teal and brown.
Next, I cut out a 10" square piece of fabric to use as backing.
Then I cut two 8" squares of old towel. You could use quilt batting, but I didn't want to dig through my fabric closet to find my batting, so I went with the convenient option of cutting up an old worn-out towel instead.
Then I cut one of the 1.5" wide strips of fabric into a 1.5" square. This is the middle of your pattern.
I cut out a second 1.5" square of a contrasting fabric.
Using a 1/4" seam I sewed the two together - right sides together. I finger pressed the seam open.
Then I cut a second piece of the same fabric as the 2nd square and, using a 1/4" seam, sewed that piece to the other pieces - right sides together again.
I then continued to piece together and sew strips of 1.5" fabric in alternating color blocks until the log cabin pattern was completed.
Once the log cabin block was sewn together, I placed the quilt block and the two layers of old towel on top of the backing piece. The order has the quilt block on top - right side up, the two layers of toweling, and the backing - right side down.
The quilt block and toweling are centered on top of the backing.
Then I pinned them all together.
I sewed through the four layers following the seams of the pieces in the quilt block.
The pattern looked something like this on the back:
Then I folded up the edges of the backing to create a binding. I sewed these down on the top of the pot holder.
Cutting the strips took a while, but sewing up the pot holder went pretty quickly. I'd estimate under a half hour of sewing time. In the afternoon I was able to sew up two potholders and sit and rock a nursing/napping little girl for two hours. :)
- A 40 something mama meandering through life with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy), an 8 year old girl (big girl) who is a ball of lightening, and a 4 year old girl (baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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