Archive for February, 2011

New potholders

These new potholders have been gracing my kitchen for the last week or so. I won’t show you the potholders these replaced: suffice it to say they were commercial potholders that were merely good-enough when they were new, and they were far from new.

modern blue gray handmade potholder

I first pulled this stack of fabric back in early December when I was playing around without a clear goal.

modern handmade potholders

But, coincidentally, the blue is a perfect match for my kitchen, so I started cutting and sewing strips, and quilting lots of diagonal lines.

handmade quilted potholders - blue and gray stripes

The combination kind of looks like a cold rain to me, but I like it anyways.

modern handmade potholders

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I’ve been participating in Angela’s Fabric Diet – and all January, I was really good, and stuck to my diet.


Then I went away last weekend, and there was an LQS (well, sort of, it was only 20-30 minutes out of my way), and I try to support support local shops. So I stopped in to look around,  and well, they had some Kaffe shot cottons I’d been wanting to play with, and I’m always looking for good yellows (I have ayellow bedroom, a growing appreciation of the color, and a heck of a time finding good yellow fabric), and the dots coordinate perfectly with the blue-grays I’ve been working with.  Really, it was totally justified. *nods seriously*



Besides, I was on vacation – and diets don’t go on vacation, right?  Too bad that justification doesn’t hold for the stack of fabric I ordered online afterwards.   Oops!

How are you doing with your own fabric goals?


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Sunny yellow dresden for this month’s bee: perfect contrast to a cold, snow-y month. (The local TV station just announced we’d set a new snow-fall record for January. The meteorologist sounded a little too happy/excited about that, especially since we’re starting February with another foot of snow. Ok, weather-whine done, moving on)

yellow dresden plate block for fresh modern bee


The request this month was for something circle-ish, and since I’ve just decided that I really like making Dresden Plates, I knew just what to do. Well, actually, I thought about coming up with something new and different, but I’d been wanting to make a yellow Dresden anyways, so those thoughts didn’t last long.  Instead I made a little yellow plate (it’s 6-ish inches across) and set it off center on my square of linen.


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