Sunday, April 17, 2016

Berry Cherry Potholder

I've finished two quilt tops in the last few weeks, so I'm taking a wee bit of a break from big projects at the moment. I almost took the weekend off from doing any sewing at all but decided yesterday to break my boredom with a bit of time in the sewing room. I thought about doing yet another small project from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book, but I've already done approximately 1,305,211 projects from that to date. I can't help myself! And then I saw Lori's Bloom Templates when I was digging through the drawer on my sewing table.

Why not do a block from Farm Girl Vintage using the templates? Easy peasy! I need to keep brushing up on my applique skills anyway. I would only need two of them: A-3 and A-11.

I picked out a few fabrics...

...and a few tools, and I was on my way. That little Clover 1/4" bias tape maker has come in handy lately, and I also really like using lightweight sew-in Pellon as backing for the applique pieces. One of these days I'll give a go at hand-turned applique, but for now this is my comfort zone and it makes for good results.

I went with this guy  at first, because I love the little Scotties, but in the end it was too close in hue to the other red I was using and went with a pink print instead.

In virtually no time at all, I had a little cherry block! I'd been wanting to try the Fat Quarter Shop's tutorial (their video tutorial is at the end of this post) for using the backing fabric as the binding to see how I liked it, so after a quick quilting job...

...I attached the backing fabric, and cut and pressed it according to their directions.

Then it was time to sew the binding to the front of the block. It's only an 8" square, so binding only took a half an hour or so to get the job.

And there's the finished product. Cute as a li'l button! I'm not sure how much I love the backing/binding method. The corners look good not great. Perhaps it's just a matter of getting the method down, but it certainly was more than adequate for a first time, and I have another adorable little nugget to use in the kitchen.


  1. Dan, it's an adorable little block! You did good!

  2. What a sweet potholder! Those are the perfect fabrics for this block. You just reminded me that I haven't done any applique for quite some time. I miss it!

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    2. Is that a bad thing? :) I'm sure I'm doing many things the hard/wrong way. Haha! Thank you so much for letting me know, Lorna. I'll look into it!

    3. It's not a bad thing, Dan. But it can be pretty lonely to be a no-reply blogger. So glad to see you looked into this and made the change. Because now when you leave a comment on someone's blog they can reply by email to your comment. Also when you reply to my comment here... The only way I know this is if I come back and revisit your post. Which isn't a bad thing either. :)

  3. Such a cute project! I just love it! :)

  4. This is just adorable! I love cherries, and FQS tutorials too.