Fear of commitment

A girl can never have too many potholders/trivets… right ?

After all they are really useful in the kitchen and would make a welcome hostess gift or really, anytime a gift is needed. Best of all, they allow me to try out a quilt block without making a commitment to making a whole quilt !

I was at the fabric shop and lo and behold they had their blenders on sale for 1/2 price. I just can’t pass up some juicy colours at $4.00/ half meter ( that’s 20″)


and even though I didn’t plan on making more potholders, I did anyways – I had to try out my new colours !

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These are my first attempts at the wonky star block and the churn dash. I can really see why these blocks have been popular for so long.


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You may recognize one of the fabrics I used as Terrain by Kate Spain. I have some of this left over from the first quilt I made and  it went really well with the blenders.

In other news. Those of you that have read previously about my helping a friend with her quilt frame and machine, here’s an update:

I went and helped Val for another 5 hours last week – we didn’t even take a lunch break because I told her that it was the last time I could come for quite sometime and the quilt is intended for a birthday that happens to be today. We were able to get just over half of the quilt quilted that day. We did get slowed down by bobbin issues and breaking thread and having to readjust the quilt on the rollers bars somewhat. Even factoring that in I just don’t know what is taking us so long ! Val was able to finish it on her own and got it bound and washed and sent me a picture. She doesn’t sound that happy with it but says that she’ll get better with time. I can see it is a bit puckery but it still looks ok from here. Here is the picture she sent:


Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Linking up with Finish it up Friday. Where Amanda is showing off a whole quilt and I am happy to have 3 potholders, sigh.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SarahZ
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 06:10:30

    3 potholders = 3 finishes, right? And a girl has to make something with fun new fabrics!! They are super cute to boot! 🙂



  2. allisonreidnem
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 23:24:16

    I agree with SarahZ! Those potholders are great colours and the points are so sharp. Did you foundation paper piece? I’m glad you persevered with helping your friend. Perhaps there are too many posts by long arm quilters making the use of a machine look simple only because they’ve been doing it a long time?
    On another subject… I think it would be really interesting to read more about what will be going on on the farm to keep you from your craft room. For ‘townies’ like me just driving through the country I get an idea of what’s going on each season but I’d love to get an ‘insiders’ view! 🙂



    • Colleen
      Apr 19, 2015 @ 13:49:03

      Thanks Allison ! No, these potholders are just regularly pieced.
      I’m glad I was able to help Val get started. Now that I have used her machine and the much different APQS it is quite obvious to me that this side of the industry has come a long ways in a short amount of time.
      I would be happy to post some blurbs about what is happening on our farm. Thanks for your interest ! I grew up in the big city so this was all new to me when I moved here.



      • allisonreidnem
        Apr 20, 2015 @ 08:34:33

        Hum! Sometimes it is worth waiting for a technology to become popular enough for manufacturers to make adaptations for the home market. I guess that’s what is happening with long arm machines now.
        That was a massive change for you to make, from city to farm! I really think you could share some fascinating stories about your life now and how you made such a big transition. Got to get on my push bike now for a quick trip to see a couple of friends… Take care, Allison

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