Hello! I'm Kelly Cole the founder and owner of Vintage Fabric Studio where I refresh, prep, and package vintage sheets and fabric with quilters in mind. This time around on the AccuQuilt blog I have the pleasure of using the Block on Board GO! Crazy Quilt Block (55226) to create a cute and functional piece of flair for your kitchen, a one-block pot holder.
We are all spending more time in the kitchen cooking and prepping meals for everyday life. When that gets a little monotonous it can help to bring a little pop of color onto the scene. Cue an adorable new pot holder in a design that keeps your hands safe when handling those hot out of the oven freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! (can you smell them? YUM!)
This pot holder is adaptable to any block under 8 1/2" and can be a perfect choice for another GO! die you've been wanting to try out. Making one block can be a great way to test drive color placement or a complex quilt block before committing to a whole quilt.
This potholder design uses a mix of vintage calicos, from my stash, in bright primary colors which are my favorite way to quilt. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and be well my quilting friends!
- GO! Crazy Quilt Die 6” finished Block on Board (55226)
- 10 pieces of vintage calico fabric approximately 5”x5” each (Crazy Quilt Block)
- 1 dark green solid fabric 9”x 4” (block borders)
- 1 dark green solid fabric 9”x9” (block backing)
- 1 red calico approximately 10” square (hot pad side A)
- 1 black calico approximately 10” square (hot pad side B)
- 1 piece of yellow calico 9” x 2” (block top binding)
- 1 piece of yellow calico 44” x 2” (pot holder binding & loop)
- 2 pieces of heat resistant batting 10” square (pot holder batting)
- 1 piece of quilt batting 10” square (block batting)
- Matching thread for yellow binding
- Matching thread for dark green solid fabric
- Sewing machine
- Walking foot (optional)
- Cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter
- Wonder Clips
- Quilting safety pins or quilt basting spray (optional)
Crazy Quilt GO! Pot Holder Instructions
Begin by downloading the block assembly instructions at AccuQuilt.com/55226
Arrange the vintage calico pieces onto the Crazy Quilt Die (55226) and run them through an AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Big fabric cutter.
Next following the block assembly instructions sew the 10 pieces together to create one Crazy Quilt Block.
Assembling the Block
Assemble the Crazy Quilt Block for the top of the finished pot holder.
Cut out block border pieces from the dark green solid fabric measuring: (2) 1 1/2” x 6 1/2” & (2) 1 1/2” x 8 1/2”
Sew the (2) 6 1/2” x 1 1/2” strips to the top and bottom of the Crazy Quilt Block; press to the green fabric.
Sew the (2) 8 1/2” x 1 1/2” strips to each side of the Crazy Quilt Block; press to the green fabric.
Next make a quilt sandwich from the remaining dark green fabric square and the quilt batting. (You may use spay baste or pin, I did not)
Using an optional walking foot for your sewing machine and coordinating green thread, quilt in the ditch around the Crazy Quilt block pieces and around the outside of the block in the green solid fabric.
Next take the yellow calico strip 9” x 2” and make a double fold binding. (A quick Google search for “How to make double fold binding will yield many good instructions)
Place the double fold binding onto one side of the quilted block and stitch in place approximately 1/8” away from the edge of the binding using coordinating yellow thread. Trim the entire unit to 8 1/2” square.
Set finished quilted Crazy Quilt Block piece aside.
Making the Pot Holder
Next create the heat resistant portion of the pot holder.
Place the (2) 10" calicos right sides facing out and 2 layers of heat resistant batting in-between. (You may use spray baste or pins, again I did not) I recommend using 2 pieces of heat resistant batting into a quilt sandwich when making pot holders. (I have made pot holders with only one layer of heat resistant batting and regretted it when I pulled a hot pan out of the oven.)
Using an optional walking foot for your sewing machine quilt the 10” square with straight lines 3/8” apart. Start in the middle and quilt straight lines to the left all the way to the edge and repeat for the right side. The quilting will be dense. Trim to a rectangle of 8 1/2” x 9 1/2”.
Next join the heat resistant pot holder to the Crazy Quilt Block.
With the heat resistant pot holder quilting oriented vertically line up the exposed edges of the Crazy Quilt Block with the bottom edge of the heat resistant pot holder. Using the Wonder Clips, clip in place. Sew with a zig-zag stitch around the three outer edges of the pot holder to baste the two units together. This will make it easier when sewing the finishing binding onto the completed pot holder.
Trim the corners of the pot holder into a slightly rounded shape to ease the binding around the pot holder.
Next take the 44” x 2” yellow gingham and make another double fold binding for the perimeter of the pot holder.
Start at the top left corner of and place the binding around the perimeter of the pot holder. Slightly fold the corners into place as you move around to the start of the binding. Wonder clip in place as you go.
Sew the binding onto the pot holder approximately 1/8” away from the edge of the binding using coordinating yellow thread. Do not sew all the way around. Stop sewing approximately 1” away from the top left edge of the pot holder and backstitch. Trim the excess binding from the starting point. There will be several inches of overhang at the left end, this will become a loop for hanging up your potholder.At this point turn the pot holder over and double check all the binding was sewn down on the front and back. Re-stitch around if needed.
Next create a loop for hanging up the pot holder with the end of the overhanging binding. Sew the binding edge together starting at the end of the over hanging binding and stopping 1/2” away from the pot holder.
Tuck the end into the small opening on the back side and clip in place.
Sew the opening closed approximately 1/8” away from the edge of the binding. Inspect both sides to ensure the binding is closed front and back.
With that little loop finished you can now hang up your pot holder in a convenient spot within reach of the oven. As for me, I am going to make a batch of those chocolate chip cookies for my family.
Thank you for joining me today! Designing this pot holder was a fun experience to incorporate a GO! Crazy Quilt block into quick project for you. I hope you have fun making this with the Block on Board GO! Crazy Quilt die (or any AccuQuilt die), and please tag AccuQuilt and I (@kelly_vintagefabricstudio) on Instagram so we can see what you are up to!
All the Best!