When I thought about making little-quilt pot holders, I thought it be a great way to practice piecing and quilting. Well, it is good practice for piecing, and it is really helping me think about fabric choices — color, intensity, pattern, and scale, and how things change dramatically when you use different fabrics in different parts of the pattern.
But quilting, not so much. These pot holders are five layers thick. They have the front pieced fabric and backing fabric, the parts that show. Then inside they have two layers of cotton batting and one layer of metallic lined insulated batting. This makes a really puffy quilt sandwich, and it doesn’t work with a lot of decorative quilting. If there is too much quilting, the pot holders get stiff as a board, and that is not good. They need to bend and fold so you can grab hot dishes and oven racks. So I am mostly doing stitch-in-the-ditch quilting and a little echo quilting. The first is when you just stitch in the seam lines created by the piecing, and the second is when you stitch parallel to part of the design to outline it. I have to be careful with the echo quilting, to make sure I don’t add too much, but a little sometimes is nice. As far as decorative quilting, like feathers or swirls or pebbles, that would be way too much. So I will have to find another way to practice that. Placemats, maybe, or coasters, or ???