I finished my first quilt square using patterns from the Farm Girl Vintage book I recently purchased. I’ve been quilting for over 20 years, it’s a craft that I put down for years and then return to it again at different points. I decided to turn this block into a pot holder.
It’s called “Winter Star” and it’s the first one I chose to sew from the book. Sometimes I pick a block to do based on the fabric I have on hand. Quilting is not just sewing, it’s also getting the fabric colors, the size of the pattern on the fabric, and the white space right. Sometimes it’s a hit and sometimes it’s a miss, but I like how this one is coming along.
While I was in the process of laying out the squares I decided I needed a design board, a place to put each piece and have it stay in place. Our house is like a wind tunnel when all the doors and windows are open. I had my pieces laid out on the counter and the wind kept taking them away. So I stopped what I was doing and made a fast and inexpensive design board. I used a 12X12 Cork Board and hot glued Warm and Natural batting to it’s frame.
It took longer for the glue gun to heat up, than it did to make the design board. Now I could get back to my square. The batting keeps each piece in place and I was no longer chasing them across the room.
I think the red trim really sets off the square. I did notice, I didn’t add any borders before adding the trim which should have been done, so instead of using it for a pot holder I am using it as a coaster in my office to catch all the condensation from my mason jar drinking glass. It feels good to be quilting again, and I can’t wait to make more squares from the book.