Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Felicities #15

This FF post is the Late Edition! But no less full of happy.

What has made me happy today is that we have a "sister" Modern Quilt Guild - the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild. "Greater Vancouver" covers a pretty significant area, and people who live in the suburbs to the east of Vancouver found it really challenging to make it to the VMQG meetings. So they started their own Modern Guild!

We are winding up our very first inter-guild activity: a potholder swap. VMQG members received the name of a FVMQG member (and vice versa). We had a very short questionnaire to complete to give our partner some ideas of our tastes and preferences. Our potholders need to be in the mail by the 30th of November.

Mine have been done for a while (what is with me these days, finishing stuff before deadlines??) and I was waiting to show them off at the VMQG meeting last night. Now I can mail them to my lovely partner.



A bit of process for those who are interested....I knew I wanted to do a wheel with wonky/uneven segments. I traced a mixing bowl, and then drew randomly-sized pie pieces. Using that as a foundation, I used my scraps sewed down each segment in turn. I pieced a couple of the segments using some strips to amp up the Scrappy. I got a little flummoxed at the last segment, but managed to figure it out/fudge it. I realized after piecing BOTH potholders that I should have made two half-circles and sewed them together. Next time!

The centre circle, I made using this fabulous tutorial by Krista - Poppyprint. After fusing it on, I zigzagged around the outside to secure it.

I consulted a few different online tutorials and ended up choosing to line the potholders with one layer each of: Insul-Brite, canvas and Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting. Backing and binding (bias, of course, for these circles!) are from a thrifted IKEA duvet cover. Quilting was in grey, in a spiral pattern, simply using the outside of my walking foot to keep the lines more or less even.

I'm really, really pleased with how they turned out, and I hope my partner is too.

Potholder Swap

Have a great weekend!

Edited: I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday and Manic Mondays at SewHappyGeek (see right sidebar for buttons).

19 comments:

  1. Really nice job. I'm sure she is going to love them.

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  2. I love those! the circle is fantastic.

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  3. Felicity those are adorable. I love the circular shape. Great job - I am sure your partern will love them!

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  4. I love them!! The circles are so great and I love the fabrics too :) I wouldn't even know where to begin with these!! Maybe you should do a tutorial?! :)

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  5. Those are such fun, thanks for sharing your process.

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  6. They are fab Felicity! Love the circles, they work great :-)

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  7. Oooh, these are really really awesome!

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  8. Thanks for sharing-I have strawberry
    fabrics that our being made into potholders. great ideas!

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  9. They look great...ahead of schedule,wow.

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  10. I love these! Good to know the tute worked out for you (thanks for the link!). I am hoping to start mine this week...madly quilting all those pillow cover tops I made at retreat now.

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  11. pssst...pssst...I think you should move back to T.O. and partner up in a quilt shop .... psst...psst
    (this subliminal comment brought to you by the eighties).

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  12. Great PHs Felicity! I can see my self actually making some of these and I love the you re-purposed some of the fabric.
    So nice to have a face in my memory to go with your blog.

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  13. The potholder looks gorgeous (I would be afraid to actually use it and get dirt on it ;-).)

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  14. I simply love these pot holders! Thanks for sharing the process. I might just have to make a couple for a swap my MQG is also hold for December.

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  15. I LOVE these. I'm sure they will be well loved/used.

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