Tuesday 6 November 2012

November 6th SEW SEASONAL Blog Hop

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Day 6 of the SEW SEASONAL Blog Hop!  A big thank you to Kristy of Quiet Play and Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts for inviting me to be a part of the seasonal fun and for making the patterns available FREE to everyone during the hop! 

My partner today is the lovely and talented Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti so be sure to pop over and see what paper pieced project she has made!  The full list of participants for the entire hop is a little further down so keep scrolling!

I was assigned Block 8 of the ornamental baubles.  The pattern has sizing options for a 5" or 10" finished block so I decided to make the 5" block and make a pair of pot holders!  I love making pot holders -- they make great hostess gifts. 

The 5" pattern meant that I could make them using some of my many Christmas scraps and I love how they have turned out!  I added a 2" border to each side to make a bigger pot holder.  These can also be used as trivets when you want to put a hot dish on your dining table. 

Borders added to make them bigger. 
There are four layers to my hot pad/trivets - a pieced top, one layer of Insul-Bright heat resistant wadding, one layer of 80/20 wadding and a piece of backing fabric.   

Four layers: pieced top, InsulBright, wadding, back.

I tried some free-motion quilting on each of the pot holders.  I drew the holly shape on with a disappearing ink fabric marker and stitched over the marker lines.  It really stands out on the back.  I embroidered a 'hook' for the top of the bauble and did stitch in the ditch so there was some definition of the bauble on the back too.  Once squared, I added the binding (cut at 2.25" wide and machine stitched on).

I attached a piece of ribbon to the centre of each hot pad so that I could hang them from my utensil rack or from the handles on my cupboard doors.

And two more pictures showing the front and backs of the set.

And there you have it - a set of hot pads or trivets for some festive cheer in your kitchen.  A nice gift for a hostess or teacher perhaps.

Here is a list of everyone participating in the hop:

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop
1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: Diane From Blank Pages & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans  ~ you are here
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane 
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins

Join the Sew Seasonal Flickr group to share your own completed projects made from the patterns available during the hop - there will be prizes!   Check out this list of sponsors and the prizes!  Wow!

Awesome Launch Day giveaways at Blossom Heart Quilts and Quiet Play2 x $10 vouchers
Joy by Kate Spain – full fat quarter bundle + panel
2 x $25 vouchers
1 x $25 voucher
$30 gift voucher
Japanese Christmas fabric – fat eighth bundle
Charm pack
Plus, are you needing some Christmas fabric supplies for the hop?
Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabrics has set up a special discount code on Christmas fabrics in her shop!
If you need supplies, be sure to check it out.
The code is “sewseasonal10” and is for 10% off all Christmas fabric (Joy, Blitzen, and Sentiments) through November 18th.
A charm pack or layer cake will work perfectly for Ornamental!
Full details can be found @
Kirsty’s blog Quiet Play or Alyce’s blog Blossom Heart Quilts

Happy sewing and enjoy the rest of the hop!! 

November finishes

Linked to the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop linky party!


Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Love them! The FMQ is such a great touch - really finishes the potholders off nicely!

Erin @ Once Upon a Donkey said...

Cute idea Amy. Your holly FMQ is awesome! :)

Izzy said...

They are lovely! And you are right - they would make great hostess gifts! Thank you for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

they are lovely!

Di said...

Clever way of using the blocks. The holly quilting is sweet. Di x

Charlotte said...

those are fab! Love the holly FMQ

Joanne said...

They are great!! I love the quilting and that the backs look really good too!

Charlotte said...

I love these and I like that we both quilted holly on our projects :-)

Wendy said...

Lovely! The FMQ'd holly is fantastic!

Anna said...

Those look so nice! And the ribbon for hanging is a good idea. I am about to make some potholders- I think I'll use ribbon, too! Thanks for sharing :)


I am working on this wonderful pattern and loving the HOP.. The group is on Fire ! I have to go finish up mine.. thanks for sharing

Kelly said...

Love these Amy and your FMQ is fab!!

Finding Fifth said...

Heat resistant wadding? I never knew. I agree that the FMQ is fab on these.

Pippa Parsons said...

love these, your FMQ is awesome :) I might make an ornament or two, they look nice and easy

Judith said...

FMQ is awesome. Sew sweet for the holidays. Love the fabrics. I received a harms froma swap earlier this year and will make great blocks. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

Beth said...

Great idea and the quilting looks wonderful!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Love it! And great choice of fabrics ;) Thanks for joining in!

giddy99 said...

Love it, especially your clever stitching! :)

Carolyn in Kentucky said...

I love your pot holders, your quilting is great.