Monday, June 10, 2013

Stitchin' and Dishin'

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


  1. I just love this setting for your quilt, Linda. Great idea!!
    The microwave bowl is so clever...haven't heard of them either.

  2. I love the layout of your Blogger's BOM. Wow, it's going to be a huge quilt. I didn't know that you are making Kerry's Candies Hexagons. Or maybe I just forgot. Maybe I also told you that Kerry Dear is a very good friend of mine?
    Love the Bowl Buddy. Must look it up and make some for gifts. Best of luck with your presentation today. I wish I could come too!!!

  3. Beautiful Strawberry Fizz/Lime Pop quilt! Will be fun to see the border blocks.
    I've seen the bowl buddy made up but didn't know there was a tutorial. Thank you! I'm going to make a couple right away.

  4. Your Strawberry Fizz/Lime Pop quilt is going to look amazing! (I have been very tardy getting my block sent...I'll do it tomorrow!) The Bowl Buddy is a great idea, isn't it? Good luck with your presentation- I'm sure you'll ace it!

  5. Your Strawberry Fizz/Lime Pop quilt has turned out very nicely.
    I'd never heard of a bowl buddy, but what a great idea. Great idea for little presents.

  6. Linda your top is lovely...wouldn't have thought of enlarging the blocks that way. I'm intrigued by the bowl buddy. What's the purpose of the wrap n zap? Would a stiff batting not work? Blessings, marlene

  7. I wished I lived close so I could see your presentation! Love your quilt top and the bowls - how fun. Good to see you're so busy these days and having such fun in The Villages!

  8. I love the quilt so far and look forward to seeing how you sew the border blocks to it!

  9. While I'm not ready to retire just yet, I am jealous of what you do that I am missing. Your presentations sound wonderful.

    Love your quilt and will definitly have to try the Bowl Buddy. Thanks for the link.

  10. I've seen those before, they look really cool. Wish I was close enough to come :)!!

  11. that bowl buddy is a pretty neat idea.

  12. I am going to have to make some of those!! I am forever fiddling with giant oven mitts and hot microwaved items…. Thanks for the tips!



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