A fun finish – Silicone Potholders

Once a quilt store employee, always a quilt store employee! Because of that, I was in the habit of finding fun little things to make and sell in the store when I am out and about. It seems my eyes still search out these things! The Silicone Potholder patterns kept calling my name; finally I bought one. I carried it to retreat at least two times and decided this would be the time to finish it. Yes, retreat was over a month ago and I am just posting.

The Potholder Pattern & Pad

This pattern* by Around the Bobbin was the one I picked. There may be others, but I liked the size and the pocket option. And, you can get “refills“* once you have used the pattern.

I bought both….what a surprise! Now the truth of the matter is that my potholder situation was awful. I always liked having a pocket on a potholder, but I have been using these ugly purple ones forever. Time for an upgrade.

The Finished Potholders

The instructions were a little unconventional for the “binding” the front fabric to the silicone pad. You know, you have an idea of how things are sewn together and you can’t ever get past that idea. The directions worked well, but my travel machine (Pfaff Passport 3.0) did not like making this initial seam, it was a little wonky on the bottom. I persisted.

They work great but are a bit large but I am learning to use them (veggie sausages in case you are wondering). They are such an improvement over my prior ones; I am so pleased. There is a 6-1/2″* one that finishes at 8″ which might be better. Maybe I will look for it next time I am out and about!

Two Tops to Share

A 3 night retreat was perfect; allowing plenty of time to sew. I finished two more tops and thought I would share them. I do hope to have them quilted by the beginning of August, for the next Art Sale, as they “fit the theme”

First up is “Pinked”, a Villa Rosa/Running Doe pattern. I once again signed up for the Running Doe Top A-Long and loved this pattern and finish. More details will follow in its finished post, but I was able to use a strip set that I had as an Island Batik ambassador and really love the top. I am not sure I will get a top done each month, but I am happy collecting patterns and thinking about it.

The second one is from a pattern, “Maid Marian”, also from Villa Rosa. It was perfect for the Birds and Berries of Maine (a 2020 fabric line) and is awaiting a finish in my studio. I actually passed a second set of fabrics, left from the first cutting, to my sewing friend. One is enough.

Coming Up on My Blog

The first Art Walk came and went, the next is August 11 and I am well on my way. I do plan to get back to some unpacking/reorganizing but I think I can quilt a few quilts in between and maybe get another Running Doe pattern done this month…we shall see!

4 Tops to Quilt (Diatom, Maid Marian, Yoga 2, Pinked)
Finish 6 more ferry pillows & 2 Casco Bay pillow
Unpack more of my studio

Linking Up

Sew and Tell
Monday Musings
Finished or Not Friday

Stash Report

Two bindings out…I call that 1 yard. And the safelight cases are about 1.5 yards! 3 yards in for a backing for the Carolyn Friedlander/Fire and Ice quilt.
Fabric in this month: 3 yards
Fabric out this month: 7.75 yards
Fabric in this year: 9 yards
Fabric out this year: 45.5 yards
NET Fabric:    -42.5 yards  (and I am down more again!).

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Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
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Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
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Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
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Awesome Ocean Pattern
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Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
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Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
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Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
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Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
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Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
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Clover Wonder Clips
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Clearly Perfect Angles
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