Wednesday, July 25, 2018


It's a Christmas in July Blog Hop
hosted by Carol over at Just Let me Quilt

I wanted to make a couple Modern Christmas tree blocks
for an upcoming guild swap
and selected these fabrics 
(outside of the Christmas red and green box)  

It began like this...Man, these are gonna be great blocks
for the Columbus Modern Quilters Block Raffle.

THEN, I did NOT lay out the pieces right for cutting.
Correct layout for cutting - both pieces RIGHT SIDES UP
I laid them out RS Together...
I often engage my rotary cutter before my brain.

I could still sew them together, but then had to trim them down
smaller than what the finished block should be.

 What will I do with these blocks now?
THEN the "Christmas in July" block hop 
ah-ha moment happened.

I added red fabric all around so I can square them up
to 9 1/2" squares and make pot holder loops

I found some dark gray fabric in my stash for the backing.
Cut 2, 9 1/2" squares

You need 2, 9 1/2" squares of Insul-brite 
and 1, 9 1/2" square of cotton batting
for each Pot Holder

I used the Pot Holder video tutorial by Crafty Gemini
just click here for full instructions.

This was my first attempt at Pot Holders
and they turned out OK.
I think next time I may leave the batting out.
They are very thick (which is good for heat) but
 sewing 5 layers (more on the loop corner) is a pain.

I did stitch around the Christmas tree 
to give it a little quilting dimension.

All in all...they are OK
They are for me and my oven!
I have two more to make...or maybe they will
become mug rugs...😏

I still want to make the Modern Christmas Tree Block Quilt 
and have been collecting fabrics.
I did make these blocks for the
Columbus Modern Quilters raffle...

I didn't win.😔

If you want to see the Modern Christmas tree blocks 
and the amazing quilt you can make...
 Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter has provided a tutorial
Click here for the tutorial.

Stop by and see the other participants today...
Head on over, give em some Holiday love
and get some ideas for your Christmas sewing!

July 25

and here are links to the other elves...

July 23

July 24

July 26

July 27


  1. Love your cute pot holders, thanks for sharing 🎄

  2. Good job on using the pieces up despite the cutting issue. They are great pot holders.

  3. Very nice...things always find a way of working out

  4. And they turned out 'sew' cute!!

  5. Hi Kathy! Oh, I love your trees - especially those with the navy blue fabric. WOW! Not to say I don't enjoy your first trees either that you made into potholders. The fabric choices you made are just great. Thanks for sharing the link - I will check it out. Happy Wednesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. The trees make a perfect pot holder motif for the holidays. I particularly love the blue - blue is my favorite color and it is a gorgeous blue. THanks for the tutorial and the inspiration - a job well done!

  7. I love how you took a mistake and rearranged it into adorable Christmas potholders. So cute! I think your tree blocks in the blue fabrics are so pretty and winners to me. Thank you for hopping along today and sharing your Christmas trees. I'm always so glad to have you along for the ride!

  8. i really like your trees. especially the blue ones. thanks for sharing today.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  9. Cute blocks (ah hem, potholders)! I like those colors too. Now that I see your work, I would like to make a quilt using that tutorial too. I had saved it some time ago--better get busy. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks to everyone leaving such sweet comments. I will be back later to rad more.

  11. Most definitely a Kwilty Pleasure!

  12. Love your potholders. Its amazing what a little detour in a pattern can lead to.

  13. These pot holders are very cute! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Those are adorable and perfect for the upcoming holiday! Longer than that really as trees are not limited to Christmas.

  15. Those are wonderful potholders, and would make super Christmas gifts for quilty friends, especially. Thanks for the link to the site with the pattern.

  16. Great idea on how to save your blocks! I can never have too many potholders. (Mine have a habit of burning up.) So sorry you didn't win. Maybe next time. Thank you for the link to this cute pattern.

  17. Plan B is always good to have in your stock pile of ideas! Perfect little Christmas gifts.

  18. I love your cute wonky Christmas trees, they are so very adorable!

  19. I'm always glad when someone makes use of orphan blocks. The potholders will be so nice to use this Christmas.

  20. Cute idea! Great way to use up some scraps.

  21. Perfect little projects and great for using scraps. I have a silly question. When is it called a "pot holder" versus a "hot pad?" I use them all interchangeably, along with "trivet" and yet they mean different things. I just looked up and a trivet traditionally was a stand with three peg feet to put a hot dish upon. Oh well, just letting my mind wander a bit. I love your post and it's brought me back to never knowing which term to use. I made these "whatevers" with students at the beginning of the year, for thanksgiving. They were thrilled to take something homemade to grandma or their other host for the festive meal.

  22. These are fun and quick, it is nice to find a project that I feel I can do. x


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