Hi, I'm Bea Lee . . . an avid blogger/quilter at Beaquilter. I'm happy to be a guest blogger for AccuQuilt and always look forward to playing with new GO! dies, because they make it SEW much easier to assemble a quilt top. I also do tutorials/highlights for GO! dies on my blog on the 15th of every month. Here's a quick and easy project that will look great on your table or as a hostess gift if you are NOT the one cooking this Thanksgiving. I won't be cooking, as I'll have my 4th baby a few days before Thanksgiving, but still I couldn't resist making something quick for this holiday. If you make these pumpkin pot holders, I'd love to see pictures! Thanks for having me and reading this.
Finished sizes: 7" x 7" plus hangers
GO! Fall Medley die
Layer cake in fall colors or brown solids. (Or you can use some fat quarters or scraps.)
Matching sewing thread
Scraps of batting and Insulbright
Optional fabric markers
From the layer cake, pick out 8 fabrics, 2 each of lights and darks, + one for pumpkins and one for the lightest background. Then 2 for the back of the potholders.
On the back of the pumpkin colored fabric, iron on fusible web.
Use the GO! Fall Medley die and mat and fold the fabric with the fusible web in half and lay on top of the die and cut out 2 pumpkins (so they will be mirror images of each other).
Cut out the following:
Lightest color: (2) 3 ½” squares and (2) 2 ½” x 6” rectangles for hanging straps
Lay the remaining 4 fabrics on top of each other and cut out 4 of each of these (there will be a few extras) 1 ½” x 3 ½”, 1 ½” x 4 ½”, 1 ½” x 5 ½”, 1 ½” x 6 ½” x 1 ½” x 7 ½” rectangles.
The smallest 3 ½” rectangles, you’ll only need the lights, and the largest 7 ½” rectangles you’ll only need the darks, but it’s easier to cut out 4 layers at a time.
Start by sewing the 3 ½” rectangles to the sides of the 3 ½” squares and then the 4 ½” rectangles, but do mirror opposites on each one and also notice how they are opposite fabrics too.
Keep sewing the rectangles to the block to make two log cabin blocks. They should now be 7 ½” squares.
Now remove the paper from the back of the pumpkins and iron them to the bottom dark corners of the blocks.
With a matching thread, button hole stitch around the pumpkins to applique them down. I used a fun variegated thread.
Now make the straps for the potholders by folding the 6” rectangles in half and ironing, then fold raw edges up to the folds on each side and iron again. Stitch with a straight stitch close to the edges on both sides.
I have several fabric markers and on the pumpkin scraps, I drew lines to audition which marker I liked best. You can omit this step or even embroider with embroidery floss or do some free motion quilting later to “draw” the lines. Draw lines and squiggles on blocks.
From batting, insulbright and backing fabrics, cut (2) 7 ½” squares of each.
With a pin, mark the middle top of the front of the pot holder, then fold the handing scrap (without twisting it) and pin on each side of the midpoint as shown.
Layer batting, insulbright, front of potholder (right side up), backing (right side DOWN) on top of each other and pin all the way around, leaving about 3” open at the bottom. (I like to mark the opening at the start and stop points with double pins).
Sew all the way around with a tad bigger seam allowance. I used about 3/8”, you could use a walking foot here, as it’s rather thick, or just go slow and make sure the layers don’t shift.
Cut corners and turn right side out, use a stick or skewer in the corners. PRESS!
With a sewing needle and thread, sew the opening closed.
Now you can either leave these as is now and say they are done OR do a little machine quilting to finish them off more.
I quilted with the same variegated thread in the ditch of the visible part of the log cabin blocks, just in straight lines to show the squares.
Here are the completed potholders... ready for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall.
Stop by my blog at Beaquilter, and let me know if you have any questions about this project!