Things have been moving along in the pumpkin patch.
There are now 3 pumpkin pot holders quilted and ready for binding; I think I'll make a few more and then bind them all at once.
The quilting is simple diagonal lines but I had fun learning how to use the quilting guide on my new machine - it's the little metal arm to the right of the presser foot that fits into the back of my walking foot.
And marking is now a whole lot easier too. I scored the first line of stitching with my hera marker - a small hand tool about the length of a pen with a sharp edge that allows you to make temporary crease marks on fabric (if you look closely you can see a faint diagonal line running through the gingham piece). I set the guide to stitch in 1-inch widths and I was off to the races because I only had to mark the first line and relied on the stitching guide to help out with the placement of all of the other stitching lines . Between the marker and the guide, can you say 'bye 'bye to marking with chalk or markers? LUV it!
Remember this little guy? I did add a row of ric rac but he looked a little lonely on the block compare to the larger one so I made another large pumpkin for the other side, so this one is double-sided.
To have a little insulated protection in each pot holder I added two layers of filling - the bottom piece is the thin fabric that an ironing board is covered in, and then I added a piece of batting remnant to get a bit of puff when it was quilted.
For a bit of punch to this one I made the backing orange and quite like it. Cheery little things, aren't they?
We had a birthday celebration on the weekend so I made a few pumpkin pies too. De-lish. I always make the recipe from the canned pumpkin that has been on the E.D. Smith cans for years - much better than the pre-mixed filling. I've been using this recipe for years - so long that they've changed the label on the can from what you see here.
They are the Official Cookie Taster's favourite so he was a pretty happy guy....M