Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Making Christmas Gifts



I have decided to make double ended oven mitts as gifts for family friends that spend Christmas Eve with us. We usually host Christmas Eve dinner and we all exchange small gifts with each other as part of the ritual. I know, I know, I have to hurry - time is running out!

I had seen these mitts on Jo's blog and she graciously provided a tutorial on how she makes them. I have a long arm so I thought why wouldn't I quilt my fabric and then cut the pieces as needed? I started with my backing and I layered it with 100% cotton batting and then on top of that I placed a piece of Insul-brite and then finished with the top fabric.

I chose a pantograph called White Clover by Patricia Ritter because I wanted it densely quilted but with a smaller motif and I think it looks quite good. It is a bit stiff but I think that is a result of using the Insul-brite more than anything else.

marking the end for trimming
I plan to make some matching hot pads/pot holders as well. Stay tuned - I hope it all works out and that I will have something to show in a day or two.
Molly napping under the tree
While I was cutting the piece of quilted fabric to size I happened to look over at the partially decorated tree and I saw Molly sleeping under it. She really is the sweetest dog. :) My late sister-in-law Wanda made that puffy tree skirt and Molly is using it as a pillow. She thinks we put it there just for her - too cute!

3 comments:

Deb A said...

So cute! My cat Sophie walked on a present under the tree cause she wanted to lay down there on the tree skirt but could not get to it. We are well trained owners and Aidan moved the present so she could lay down. I think they are telling us they are the true presents!

Cheryl said...

Hi Ellen

Love the fabric and the quilting patters is perfect. Love little Molly resting under the tree. I wonder if she is having dreams of dancing sugar plums?

Jo said...

Hope the mitts work well. Yes the INSULBRITE would make it stiff. I only put them in the ends. It helps with cost as well. Molly looks so comfy. Have a lovely Christmas with all the yummy food you make. (From the next post)...