I've become interested in quilting and all of the neat ideas for quilt blocks. Because there are so many, I decided I would make a variety of quilt blocks and turn them into potholders so I can try out a lot more designs and it wouldn't be as time consuming.
Total Time: 2 hours
pins or clips
walking foot, optional
scrap fabric strips
3/4 to 1 1/4 inch fabric strips
iron and ironing board
First, cut about ten strips of coordinating fabric, measuring 1 to 1 3/4 inches wide. Press. Cut out one 10 by 12 inch backing fabric, two 10 by 12 inch pieces of batting, and one 10 by 12 inch Insul-Bright. Cut one piece of white 8 by 10 inch fabric for backing of the fabric strips.
Sandwich the backing fabric (right side down), a piece of batting, the Insul-Bright, and a piece of batting. Set aside for later.
Start choosing the design of the strips and lay them out on the backing fabric to make sure they are long enough. Begin by sewing two strips together onto the backing fabric. Press. Continue this method until the strips have filled the entire rectangle. For the end pieces, it may be easier to sew a square. Once the strips have been sewn and pressed, trim off the excess strips.
Using a walking foot (or regular presser foot), set the stitch width to 3.5 and begin machine quilting along the seams of each strip. Trim around all four sides. Sew a 1/4 inch seam around entire rectangle to hold the thicknesses together. Round the corners. (I used a plastic lid and drew a rounded corner and then cut.)
Pin bias tape on one of the long sides and start sewing around the potholder about two inches from the end of the bias tape. When you get to the last side, end stitching. Cut off excess bias tape and pin and sew the ends together. Pin in place and finish sewing bias tape to potholder. Hand sew on the back side or sew by machine.
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