Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop!!

28 June 2012

Plum and June

It is finally my day for the blog hop!  I have been so excited about this and have enjoyed the opportunity for finding amazing new blogs!  If you haven't checked this blog hop out you definitely should!  You can find a list of the participating blogs here.

By the way ... Hi!  My name is Lori!  Through this post I hope that you will get to know what I'm about, and see a little of what my world is like!  I began my sewing adventure in January of 2011.  I had never touched a sewing machine, shoot, I had never even threaded a needle to sew a button on a shirt!  A friend at work inspired me to get started and once I gave it a try I was hooked!  You can see some of my recent projects in the mosaic above. :)

Beth, who is hosting this blog hop, suggested answering some questions to help ya'll get to know me!  So here we go!

Favorite quilting tip:
I am pretty OCD when it comes to cutting fabric. :)  When I first started quilting, I remember hearing these words of wisdom .... Always measure twice before you cut!  Even now I hear those amazing words every time I cut fabric.  Let's be honest, we all love fabric, and I will stretch a yard of fabric as far as I can! 

Favorite blogging tip:
This is a tough one, I won't claim to have all of the answers when it comes to blogging.  But with my blog, I try to show people who I am.  I try to stay true to myself and over the past year, I have met some really amazing people.  The only advice I can give is to take an interest in others and be yourself!

Favorite fabric:
I love Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross, and Melody Miller.  If I can, I always try and have some extra white solids and linen laying around, they always make for a great addition to almost any project!

Favorite quilting book:
I have so many favorite quilting books!  I would highly suggest ....
1. Quilting Modern
2. Modern Minimal
3. Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop

Favorite quilting tool:
My favorite quilting tool is hands down "The Binding Tool".  You can find it here.  And there is a tutorial on how to use it here.  Basically this tool helps you join the two ends of the binding together once it is sewn down on the perimeter of the quilt.  It is a fool proof way to get your binding joined perfectly!  Just an FYI, you can't use it on projects that are smaller than 12" on a side.  You need at least 12" to use the tool.  Because I love this tool so much, I always cringe a little when I am working on a mug rug and it's time to sew down the binding. :(

Favorite music to listen to while quilting:
I love listening to worship music while I am sewing.  I adore Shane & Shane, they are in the CD player in my car at the moment!

Favorite TV show while hand stitching:
My TV tastes are very eclectic.  I love The Office, Fringe, Glee (I am a music teacher), American Pickers, and So You Think You Can Dance.

Binding - by hand or by machine?
On quilts, I usually opt for doing my binding by hand.  But on the tutorial that you will be seeing shortly, I used machine binding.

Any random info?
Well I am a Midwest girl.  I was born and raised in Central Illinois but three years ago my wonderful hubby and I moved to the great state of Texas!  We absolutely love it here and are so glad we made the move.  The whole family is following us too!  In fact, we just moved my parents to Texas last week!  We don't have any kids yet but we do have the two cutest Labrador Retrievers, Ellie and Max! You can see a pic of them on my About Me page. :)  

Alrighty, now for the good part!  I have put together a tutorial for you!  

Supplies (for one oven mitt):
(1) - 8 x 8 inch square of Insul-Bright
(2) - 8 x 3 1/4 inch piece of Insul-Bright
(1) - 8 x 8 inch square of linen
(2) - 8 x 3 1/4 inch pieces of linen
Enough Coordinating fabrics to make:
(1) - 8 x 8 inch square
(2) - 8 x 3 1/4 inch pieces (These can either be pieced with strips or made up of one print)
(2) - 2 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in strips
(1) - 2 1/2 in x 44in strip

I'm a sucker for yummy fabric!

Step One: Assembling the top of the Oven Mitt
Using my coordinating fabrics, I cut different size widths of fabric 8" long.  I cut the 8" strips anywhere from 1 1/2 inch wide to 3 inches wide.  And then pieced the strip together.  You need to make sure that the top of the oven mitt measures at least 8in x 8in once you have pieced your strips together.

Here are my strips laid out in the order that I want them.

Here they are pieced together.  This will be the top of my oven mitt.

Step Two: Piecing the Pockets
While you are in the piecing mode, let's piece the back pockets!  You can use the same method as you did to piece the top.  Your final pieces for the back will need to measure 8 inches by 3 1/4 inches.  You can use one piece of fabric for the pockets or you can sew strips together like you did for the top.  Either way will work just fine!

For this oven mitt I used one print for the pockets.

For this oven mitt I went with the scrappy theme and sewed strips together.

Step Three: Stacking the layers together
Since the top and pockets are pieced, we now have to layer the pieces together and get ready to quilt.  You will lay the 8 inch square linen piece first, then the Insul-Bright, and finally the 8 inch top.  The shinier side of the Insul-Bright should be facing where most of the heat will be coming from.  You will follow the same pattern for the pockets.  Layer a 3 1/4 x 8 inch piece of linen, the Insul-Bright, and the print you chose for the pockets.
Note: You will want to place each layer directly on top of the previous layer.  This picture is just being shown to better illustrate the order of the layers. :)

Now you will quilt each set as desired.  I personally used straight line quilting.  Feel free to use whatever you love most!  After your pieces are quilted they should look something like this.

Step Four: Squaring up our pieces!
This is super important for a chick like me.  I NEED everything to be square and perfect.  What can I say, it's who I am.  So at this point we are going to square our main piece to be 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches and our pockets need to be squared to 7 1/2 x 3 inches.  

Note: We made them larger to begin with to assure that we had enough wiggle room while quilting.  Sometimes the fabric can get skewed and pushed around a bit. :)

Step Five: Binding the Pockets:
We need to add the binding to a long side of each of the pockets.  I started my binding on the back of the pockets and machine quilted it to the front.  You can use whatever style you like best.  If you want to hand stitch be my guest!

Step Six: Attaching the Pockets to the Main Piece
You're getting so close to the end!  Now you need to turn the main piece over so you are looking at the linen side.  Place one pocket, linen side down, and stitch around three sides.  Repeat the same process for the other pocket.

When you have finished sewing both pockets down, it should look something like this. 

Step Seven: Binding this puppy!
Unfortunately, I couldn't use my nifty binding tool for this project, it is too small.  So I attached the binding like normal people do.  If you need a good binding tutorial I would check this out.

Once the binding is done you will have a completed project!!  If you want to make the pot holder just skip steps two and six.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you all enjoyed my little corner of the blogging world!  If ya'll have any questions feel free to ask!  And Beth, thank you for organizing such an amazing event!

Don't forget to check out the other blog hop participants!  If you missed the Tuesday posts you can go see, Svetlana from Sotak Handmade  and Beth from Plum and June.

Joining in the blog hop today is the wonderful, Julie from Jolie Maxtin.   
And next Tuesday stop by and see Di from Willowbeck Designs and Jennifer from Knotted Thread  because they have some great things planned!

Oh and if anyone is looking for a great swap, (enter ... the shameless plug)  keep your eyes peeled for Round 2 of the Modern She Made Swap.  It will be coming to a flickr group near you very soon!  Early fall to be exact! :)


  1. I love those fabrics, and the straight line quilting - these look great and thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Looks like a bright happy pot holder!! Thanks for sharing. I'm a fellow Blog Hopper :)

  3. I should make some - that would be way better than my usual folded dish towl improvisation ... they look so cheery!

  4. These are adorable! I am going to have to make some for my kitchen :)

  5. Nice to meet you along the hop and love your tutorial! Some of my followers & I just finished making potholders - would love if you wanted to link yours next Tuesday at Tuesday at the Table! Very fun - thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Lori, nice to meet you. I found your blog through the blog hop and I'm so glad. Your tutorial is very nice and easy to follow. And your fabric choices as you said are very yummy. I love yummy fabrics, too.

  7. Howdy, I love your fabric choices that you use on your projects, very bright :)

  8. Lovely tutorial. Bright and summer-like. Thanks Lori!

  9. How fun! I really love your tutorial! I am going to have to try it out one of these days. :) What a fun blog hop too! I love getting to know more about my bloggy friends! :)

  10. Stopping by from the blog hop. I love these colors. I made pot holders for Christmas gifts using Insul-Bright, which is great, but I never thought to put pockets on the back. Great tutorial. Thanks.

  11. Dropping by from the Blog Hop. I love your potholders they are so bright and cheerful they would make me smile every time I looked at them!

  12. Great tutorial. I love the bright colours you've used on your potholder! Great to find out a little more about you too =D

  13. Love the bright colours in your potholders - and so nice to meet you too!

  14. I like the idea for the "mitt!" I needed this tutorial a few weeks ago when I embarked on a rather ill-fated foray into oven mitt construction. Next time I'll do it this way. :)

    Stopped by from the blog hop. Nice to read your blog!

  15. I never even heard of the binding tool - I really want to get one of those! Oh, and I'm also a fan of SYTCD - after seeing the Top 20, I am really look forward to this season. Your tutorial looks great - I'll be making some of those soon. Thanks for participating.

  16. This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  17. So cute! I love this potholder :-) I'm glad to see you on the blog hop! I've definitely bookmarked some of your beautiful projects in the past!

  18. Lori, this was wonderful! I'm glad to hear you like Texas. We've toyed with the thought of moving there in the past, and if it ever comes up again, it's good to know that it's a great place to live. Your potholders are adorable -- such great fabrics. Can't wait for the next round of Modern She Made Swap!

  19. Seriously love love love these Lori. lovely to meet you and wow you are very talented if you have only been doing this for a year and a half. You are right about being yourself on these blogs. Looking forward to seeing what else you make.

  20. Ooh your mosaic is fantastic! Such beautiful projects!

    Definitely going to check out that tip on the binding tool. I really struggle with joining up the ends.

  21. Thanks for the great tutorial, I bought some of the navy Put A Lid On It to make an ovenmit for my mother in law, and i think I'll have to use your method :-)

  22. Hi Lori, love the tutorial, there's lots of mileage in it for gifts. I bind that way but have occasionally cut the wrong side of the seam and then had to piece in extra binding:( Haven't heard of the tool before - I think it's a really good price so might be investing in one myself - thanks for the tip :)

  23. Really great tutorial - the oven mitt is so cute! I loved your tip on the binding tool, that was a really interesting tutorial. I may have to look into that - my quilts are always just a tiny bit messy in that area.

  24. Hi Lori, nice to get to know you a bit. I just love your oven mitt tutorial, thanks so much! I'm also going to have to check into the binding tool.

  25. Great tutorial! I like the square mitt idea. You have a nice blog!

  26. Nice to meet you Lori. I'm stopping by on the Blog Hop. Your tutorial is... enticing! Believe it or not I have never made potholders... definitely bookmarking this tutorial. Love the pockets on the back. Thanks!

  27. Hi Lori! Nice to meet you and your quilts. You've done some impressive work in a short amount of time for someone who just learned to sew. Really like the pockets on the hot pads.

  28. Nice to meet you Lori! Love your tutorial by the way and the fabric choices too!

  29. Really nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing in the bloghop.

  30. Love the pot holders - they would make a lovely gift!


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