Sewing over the weekend, this is the quilt center I put together with the Blogger's BOM blocks from 2011-2012. I wanted a larger quilt than the instructions offered at the end of the BOM, so I have Susan at PatchworknPlay to thank for suggesting what I ended up doing.
Each eight-inch block has been set alternately on-square or on-point to make a 12" block. The blocks are sewn together now and I'm waiting for my bee-mates to send me their border blocks to make this a 78" X 78" finished quilt.
|Strawberry Fizz and Lime Pop quilt center - 60" X 60"|
At my weekly Happy Stitcher's group (where I'm hand-piecing Candied Hexagons), a mother and daughter showed a fabric "Bowl Buddy." I wasn't familiar with them, but they're meant to hold a dish that you're microwaving. Then, when you're removing the hot dish from the microwave, you grab the fabric corners instead of using a hot pad. Clever idea, isn't it?!
These are the two I made after hurrying home to Google "Bowl Buddy."
This is the tutorial for making a Bowl Buddy. Though it says you can use "Warm Tater" between the layers, I visited The Warm Company's website and read their product description to learn that Warm Tater is NOT a microwave safe batting. At JoAnn Fabrics, I found Wrap-N-Zap, which does say "perfect for microwaveable projects..." so that's what I used.
The fabric bowl doesn't take much time to sew, and is easy to put together with just these X and + stitching lines to hold layers together. I haven't tried my Bowl Buddy yet, but if it works well, won't it make nice Christmas and thank-you gifts?
Tuesday's a big day for me. I've invited three quilters over for brunch at 11 a.m. before we all head to the Bradenton Rec Center here in The Villages, where Lora (DragonflyQuiltWorks) and I give another "What is Modern Quilting?" presentation. Our program starts at 1:00 p.m. If you live nearby, come see our 70-slide Powerpoint show about modern quilting - with lots of quilt pictures - and our own modern quilts. Linda