Home Ec - Potholder

Since we've been pretty busy of late, I haven't gotten a lot of time to sew. Or draw. Or screen print. But that's okay, because life needs to happen, too!

Though I haven't had a LOT of time, I have had a little time for personal stuff, and today I'll show ya the next Home Ec project - the potholder. I thought this one was going to be easy! But I wasn't entirely happy with how it turned out. After quilting it, the edges all looked kinda mangled, and now I can totally understand why many of my classmates finished it with some bias tape to hide them. Though the bias tape idea was tempting, I figured I would just follow the instructions and learn from the process. The one thing I didn't like was how the bottom side of the potholder (the red gingham) started making it's way over to the top side. Apparently it's because I always started my quilting on the same side, so it caused the fabric and the batting inside to shift and eventually flip over to the top. So now I know that when I quilt it will help to alternate sides to avoid the shifting. Ah, well. That's why I'm in class - to learn - right?

The fabrics are thrifted, and of course, I had to use the turquoise contrast stitching, since it's my favorite!

These next drawings are a bit random, but I still wanted to share. Lately, Stella has become quite the artist. She is very fond of coloring, and holds the pen/crayon/marker like such a big girl! Of course, my heart just melts whenever we color together, because I not-so-secretly hope she grows to love art as much as I do. And oddly enough, I really enjoy coloring with her stash! There's something about those Crayola markers and crayons that I find really pleasing. If only she'd learn to put the caps back on after she's done...