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    Default My Friday Night Project

    Hi friends . . .

    I thought I would show you my Friday night project. It's a heart-shaped potholder. The design is my own.

    I needed a small gift for a company retreat AND I needed a container to hold several slips of paper. I came up with the quilted heart idea, thinking I could put the slips down in the pocket of the potholder, then give the potholder away.

    I bought a charm pack of vintage prints a long time ago and finally figured out a use for it. (Yay me!) I like it so much I don't want to give it away -- but, of course, I will. Since I'm giving it away, I stitched on one of my quilt labels.

    I'm a new quilter so it took me all evening to make this (about three hours), but you can see it is patchwork and quilted even inside the pocket. I have never done curved binding before so it was challenging. I welcome any tips you can provide.

    All in all, I think it's not bad for a Friday night's work. And I really enjoyed it. I see potholders as gifts in my friends and family's future.

    I can't even begin to express how much I love quilting! I had no idea I could be this creatively fulfilled.

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    Joan, aka the Unaquilter

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    Joan it is darling! A very clever idea for a practical and nice gift.

    I am curious, did you use a bias binding on this? With those tight curves, bias binding works great. I just made a round placemat and finished it with bias binding. The advice I got from the designer was to NOT STRETCH the binding as I sewed the binding on to the item in my first seam. When I curved it over the edge, it laid perfectly flat, no tucks and I could sew the second seam very smoothly. Worked like a charm for me.

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    Default Re: My Friday Night Project

    I love the fabrics that you used! Great job, I bet your friend will love it!

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    No, I did not use bias binding. D'oh! I know it works better on curves -- just didn't think of it. Thank you for the reminder! Will try that with my next one.
    Joan, aka the Unaquilter

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    What a nice gift idea! It turned out very pretty, I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan@DebtofGratitude View Post
    No, I did not use bias binding. D'oh! I know it works better on curves -- just didn't think of it. Thank you for the reminder! Will try that with my next one.
    It is so cute, I want to make one myself!

    Have you seen the technique for making yards of bias binding from a square or rectangle? I was reintroduced to that technique in a workshop I took several weeks ago, it works great. I'll try to locate a link to directions for making this.

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    How great you got to use your "it's MINE" fabric hahaha so cute I would also have a hard time giving it away (but would *sigh*). Definately bias binding also you could put the binding between the layers, sew and flip like pillow piping? Welcome to the Fun, creative world of quilting! Can't wait to see what you come up with next, way to go on this cute Potholder Pocket
    Debbie and the cats KayCee (16), Lucky Streak (11), and gods gift Sandia (8)

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    Default Re: My Friday Night Project

    Here's the link for how to make the continuous bias binding. Patrick Lose demonstrated this at the workshop I attended.

    Bias Binding with Patrick Lose

    Jenny also has a similar tutorial, but her method wastes some fabric, but has fewer seams. Both tutorials are good! See K. McEuen's user notes for the link to Jenny's tutorial.

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    This is just so cute. Love it.

    Marion

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    That is adorable! What a great gift
    Mary


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