Saturday, January 31, 2009

No peeking, Mom!



This Friday is my mother's birthday. She has been crocheting up a storm for my unborn babe, so I wanted to do something really original and crafty for her birthday. I saw Pretty Little Potholders at the bookstore, and was inspired by several of the pieced potholders (and, honestly, I thought I could do even better).

These were machine-pieced (my sewing machine just got its first tune-up in ten years, and it's running like an absolute dream), hand-embroidered, hand-appliqued, and hand-quilted. The bias binding was applied almost entirely by hand, because I find it easier to hand-stitch when I'm working with a very small piece. Lining up and pinning bias binding for machine sewing is a pain. Also, in my book, hand-stitched bias binding is just cooler.

The fabric mostly came from my stash, with a few vintage pieces. The theme is cowboy/southwestern. Why? I like cowboy fabrics and have a lot of them in my stash.

Special thanks go to my dear friend Kim (now an artiste/superstar at the Rhode Island School of Design) for teaching me improvisational piecing. That one afternoon really transformed the way I think about piecing. My piecing went from uptight to wildly creative overnight. Now I get really excited about patchwork.

I used vintage (60s and 70s) cotton/linen tea-towels for the backs. And some yo-yos. I love yo-yos.


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