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Friday, May 07, 2010

Potholders for Sew & Tell Friday

Amylouwho has a brand new baby!

Click on the picture to see the new one and all the finishes by wonderfully talented blogging people!

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I joined a potholder swap at A Stitch In Dye and thought I’d practice a little before making the ones for my swap partner. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my Hushabye scraps. No plan in mind here. Since these were to be mine, I machine stitched the binding. Not very neat, but functional. 

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Thanks to Tonya at Lazy Gal Quilting, I’ve developed a curiosity for free piecing. A small project, like a potholder, seemed to be a good candidate for my first try.  I had just finished piecing my Wonky Boxes top and had Pretty Please (Jennifer Paganelli) pieces handy, so I made a little house from this tutorial.

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That was fun!  Feeling pretty confident, I made some letters from this tutorial.

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The bindings on these were finished by hand to look neater. We needed to use Insul Bright for the swap and I added an additional layer of batting for more protection. They went slightly out of square after I washed them. I think they’re kind of wild and fun! I hope my swap partner likes them:)

Click the Sew & Tell link at the top of the post to see all the other great finishes!

On a different note, poor Chuck is back in the puppy hospital with another round of inflammation/infection in his gastro system. What did he eat this time? Not good for Chuck or the checkbook! I hope he can come home today. I miss the little guy.

image    Chuck is a Dachshund/Pekingese mix. Dach-a-peke? Peke-a-dach? Dachingese? I think his life before he came to us about 9 years ago was very interesting, but he’s not telling. I know he spent some time as a stray. He’s my buddy even if he does love his daddy best!

26 comments:

  1. Great potholders. Love Jennifer Paganelli fabrics!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    KT

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  2. Bummer about your dog :o( I hope it's nothing too serious.

    Great pot holders! I also joined the swap and it was really fun.

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  3. these potholders are so fun....

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  4. You pot holders are great!

    Poor Chuck. We can relate. We almost lost our Rhodes to a parasite just a week after bringing him home from the breeder. Fortunately in Africa, although goods are terribly expensive, services are cheap; so even with a couple of IV drips, it wasn't too costly. I hope Chuck gets better soon.

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  5. I love your potholders! Makes me want to make some for my kitchen too!! Looks like something else is going on the "future things I gotta make" list!!

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  6. I love the one that says "hot"...how cute!

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  7. LOVE the potholders! This inspires me to try some myself.

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  8. Ok, I just added potholders to my weekend to-do list :) Love yours, especially the hot one, too much fun!

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  9. Aw poor Chuck! Sounds miserable! I hope he feels better and gets to come home soon. Love love love your "practice" potholders. They each look like a mini art quilt. The piecing and quilting on the Hushabye versions create a cool effect.

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  10. Wow! Great potholders! My favorite one has the words "hot"!! love it!

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  11. Adorable potholders. If your swap partner doesn't like the ones you made her for her, you can send them to me. ;-)

    Hope Chuck gets better ASAP!

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  12. Free piecing and Jennifer Pagenelli fabrics, woohoo!
    I am so loving that combo! both are my fav's!

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  13. What fun potholders! Love the fabric choices too!!

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  14. love all the pot holders, the ones you made for yourself and the bright happy house and HOT! you did great!

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  15. ca.ute potholders!!! I'm in the swap too, and plan on getting something going today for my partner. I'm excited to use some new echino I got in the mail this week.
    I hope Chuck is doing better!

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  16. Ooo, love these potholders. Especially the HOT and the wavy one. I'm going to have to try some. Hope Chuck is better. Our Carlos is full of secrets, too, but we love him to death.

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  17. I love these scrappy potholders. And to use the word HOT on it is great!

    I hope the puppy is feeling better!

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  18. all look great. love that pretty please orange/pink fabric. may have to go hunting online for some

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  19. Those potholders are adorable!

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  20. The potholders are fabulous. I love the variety. Your girls look like tons of fun.

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  21. Those potholders are great! I love the brown and aqua color combination, it's one of my faves! And the "HOT" potholder is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. that free stitching looks interesting - I have so much trouble following patterns/recipes/directions! goo job Vicki

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  23. Vicki, I love those potholders! How fun. You did a great job on your wonky houses too!

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  24. Great potholders. Poor Chuck. I understand the vet bills having recently been there myself.

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  25. I love your potholders and am inspired to make some for friends/family.

    I pray Chuck and your other dog are feeling well now. Let us know!!!

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  26. fun potholders! HOT is so appropriate!

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