mixed leftovers

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I stumbled upon this image on pinterest the other day and immediately was wanting a quilt in the same colors. It seemed so wintery and comfy, and perfect for this time of year. I went searching for fabrics in similar colors, but couldn’t really find the right shades of brown (this was my first pull, which I still quite like! maybe that will be the next quilt?), so from there I decided to veer towards a more greenish yellow with gray rather than the brown (#2).

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Wouldn’t you know – I found I didn’t really have these colors in my quilting cotton stash either, but I did find the colors I was looking for in unlikely places — a large piece of baby wale gray corduroy that was earmarked long ago for a dress, some gray patterned double gauze remnants from a dress I made Hazel, a yellowy green JCrew button down I no longer wore, a few pieces of an old Orla Kiely dishtowel used long ago for a beach bag, yarn dyed gingham scraps from a Tova made ages ago, a new linen dishtowel I had liked too much to use, and a few other linen pieces along with some other coordinating prints.

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I chopped them all up into pieces of various widths measuring 6″ tall and arranged them on the design wall. The gray corduroy became the background, and then I couldn’t resist adding in various strips and random pieces here and there. It doesn’t match my original vision at all, but I’m happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to see how this one feels with all the corduroy. I expect it will be quite warm and I think I’ll love the mix of textures!

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a rainbow of potholders

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I haven’t sewn too many (or any!) gifts yet this holiday season, but when faced with the prospect of needing a few teacher gifts, I immediately thought of handmade potholders. Everyone needs a potholder or two, right?

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Not only that, but it was also a project that allowed for a bit of help from Max, and I liked the idea that he was contributing a bit towards the gifts for his teachers.

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We sorted scraps into piles by color – then he selected the color we’d work on and handed me the strips I sewed together in a simple log cabin design.

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The backing and binding fabric follow the rainbow theme and I must say, they’re so pretty all together (and fun to photograph, too!)

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So if you’re in need of a quick gift, I highly recommend potholders! I aimed to make my log cabin potholder top about 10″ (about two log cabin rounds), and cut the backing and insides the same. For the insides I use one layer of Insulbrite and a layer of quilt batting. I layer the top, quilt batting, insulbrite, and backing and quilt them, then cut down to 9 1/2″ square. Attach binding, and presto, potholder!

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coming up roses quilt top

Taking a quick break from my holiday crafting (lots of potholders this year!) to show you this brightly colored quilt top I finished sewing together recently. For now it will join its other quilt top friends in the closet, but I have big plans in January to finally get all the backings made and the quilts finished. Yes, I’ve said that before.

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