Mini Piecing Potholder Quilts

I need to work on my quilt piecing and I like to try out lots of different patterns….I’m not good at committing to a whole full-sized quilt. I like to dabble. This will be a dabble post which will eventually end in, “hey, I made some potholders!”

wooo
wooo

Gripping the edge of your seat, aren’t you?

I saw this sort of mod pinwheel pattern on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog/site. That was February and I’ve been trying to think of how to apply it ever since. Go look at it. Really. It’s cute. I’ll give you a minute. Look at the measurements while you’re there…….

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Ok, so, I wanted to take that pattern to the next level….that level where I stress my tendonitis, make my glasses prescription completely obsolete and make sure I had ample opportunity to use my seam ripper. If that is to be my measurement of success, then I am a winner!

Enter, the 2.5″ block.

mini pinwheels
mini pinwheels

You know, when you have these patterns laying out they’re really cute….when you cut them up tiny and throw them in a bundle, I don’t even think the Merry Pranksters would have had a good trip.

So I broke them up a bit with more…mellow. Mellow as a noun….I think we can thank the Merry Pranksters for that as well.

Green Block
Green Block
Cream
Cream

I like this photo cuz they’re up next to a traditional pinwheel pattern…

Boersma's Pinwheel
Boersma’s Pinwheel

I had a lot of quilting classes lately, and in one of the classes I used a Kona 200 thread count muslin. It’s very nice…and I thought, why let that muslin, batting and stellar (cough) quilting go to waste?

I chopped out squares, right out of the middle, of the best parts to use as the back of the potholders. That’s right. Rebel.

quilt practice
quilt practice
quilt practice 2
quilt practice 2

 

Chop Shop
Chop Shop

I dig it. I quilted the tops to the InsulBright I’ve used before and, as the directions state to do, this batting covers the bottom. It’s a bit slip-slidey to bind these together even with pinning, but it’s doable. I have a pucker here and there, but nothing being smooshed by a hot pan can’t ignore.

FMQ Potholders
FMQ Potholders

I think the tops are super cute. They really weren’t that hard – I only ripped apart 2 smaller blocks in stack of 20 or so because I had the center seam a smidge off.

Potholder Quilts
Potholder Quilts

This blurry photo clearly demonstrates that late at night photos on my iPhone aren’t as awesome as they seem on Instagram.

blurry
blurry

But the point really is that I was tinkering with some Quilt As You Go…and mama likes it. I’m not going to do a whole full quilt in it (SEE!) but I dig it. It turned out really cute. I’m giving these all away to some mommies I work with, and this one is all specialized with doggy fabric because this mommy rescues dogs and places them in new homes. She’s amazing.

QAYG
QAYG

And the back…

Back QAYG
Back QAYG

I still have a bit of that cartoony doggy fabric … I will have to find more dog lovers. I’m of the feline-lover persuasion myself.

But wait, there’s more. I have some UFOs out of this.

I’m calling this PIE….because, well, it looks like pie.

PIE
PIE

My photo taking failed us here…it’s on a large white rectangle…and it’s just screaming for some red Pie embroidery, isn’t it? I see a kitchen wall hanging.

And, as glimpsed above, I took some of the Boersma’s bag of scraps that I still have from the feather block and made a traditional pinwheel. I think I’m going to back and bind it in purple and keep it. Maybe. The boys in the house seem to like it.

Boersma's Pinwheel
Boersma’s Pinwheel

So…Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you get a potholder…or something. This has been my week of quilting. Stay tuned for another sewing room as science lab coming up, a kids’ craft project that uses fabric scraps and baby clothes.

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