When I saw that Amy was hosting another potholder swap, I jumped at the chance to join in. Have a look at the gorgeous potholders people have been sending and receiving in the flickr pool here!
I received these beauties all the way from Scotland! Lochside Quilter sent me two lovely potholders, this adorable strawberry needlebook, ribbons and bits of fabric.
Her piecing and stippling is so impressive! Check out all those little 1 inch squares. Beautiful! My only instruction for her was that I wanted something bright and these are so perfect. :) They're so nice that I'm afraid to use them.
Amy, our swap host, was my swap recipient. I confess, I was a little intimidated to come up with something for her. She's made such fantastic potholders (owl and leaves) for others and sews really nice clothes for her kids. She didn't really have any specific requests so I decided to experiment with blocks I had not made before.
I found a tutorial for the block on the left, Love in a Mist, on the Modify Tradition blog. The block on the right I modified a bit from this tutorial at The Bloomin Workshop blog. I felt a bit silly for not realizing I could use the Easy Angle and Companion Angle to make flying geese blocks, so I'm glad to have come across the tutorial.
Things went pretty well until I needed to quilt the potholders. I used two layers of Insulbrite and it was difficult to get my walking foot on top of all that batting, even after I decreased the presser foot pressure. Let's just say they are a bit wonky. When I was attaching the two ends of the binding together on the last potholder, I accidentally cut one end a bit too short! I was thinking I was beyond that stage in my quilting career, but it seems that I am able to make such mistakes at any time. :)
I also wanted to make a pincushion for Amy and there's one that I had long wanted to crochet in the book, Kyuuto Japanese Lacy Crochet. I used Online Linie 164 Java, a cotton-rayon blend, and found a cute vintage button from my stash to embellish it.
If you are looking for a good thread crochet book, I can't recommend this one enough. It has gorgeous photography, as you would expect from a Japanese craft book, along with lots of charts paired with some word explanations and photos showing how to make the stitches for each crochet symbol. The patterns are really beautiful and I think if you are wanting to learn to read charts, this book can help ease you into it.
I'm nearing the end of piecing together 99 blocks for a queen-sized quilt! I will share more about this soon. Thanks for stopping by!