Saturday, January 22, 2011

Potholder Pass

I'm participating in this round of the Potholder Pass swap, and this round the theme is monotone.  My secret swap partner picked grey as their color of choice.  I have to admit, at first I was not super excited about making potholders only in shades of grey, but I must say, after seeing them come together, I almost want to keep them for myself!

I made a two coordinating string X blocks, and my finished potholders measure appx 8 inches square.  I used a layer of the insulated batting and a layer of regular batting on the front part.  I have never used insulated batting before, and while I didn't have any problems in the construction stage, it's a little strange in that the potholder almost "crackles" (sounds kind of like wrinkling a plastic shopping bag) when you move it around, but it did quilt quite nicely.

Here's a pic of the back portion with the cut out to insert your hand and a close up of the quilting on the back.  Ever since I had seen Kati from from the blue chair's lattice quilt quilting, I had been wanting to try some "loopy" quilting, and I thought, why not here?  I'm really digging this style of free motion quilting, and can't wait to use it on a bigger project!

I wanted to make a little something extra to send along with my potholders, so when I came across this tutorial from for a "stay put kitchen towel" I knew it would be perfect.

This was so super quick and easy to put together, and will definitly keep those kitchen towels from falling on the floor!  I will definitly be making more of these in the future for my own kitchen.

I hope my secret swap partner likes their goodies, I certainly had fun making them!


  1. What a great package. I love all of them. I think the grey looks fantastic!

  2. Just beautiful! What a great set for your partner.

  3. I love these! I really love the design (gotta try that one of these days) and the gray is fantastic!

  4. Really nice! - Sure wish I was your partner, love the towel also!