Friday, April 16, 2010

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...

...a pot, a pan...a potholder. Remember that song, sans the potholder reference, from Fiddler on the Roof? It's part of the ode to the fictional Russian town of Anatevka. Great song, great movie. Has absolutely nothing to do with the 2010 Great Potholder Swap.
But this does. I set up a flickr group so that all can post their potholdery creations. Just go here and join the group.
I know that we're entering the warmer months, at least those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, and that might give you pause to think," Do I really need new potholders? I won't be using my oven as much because summer's coming and I won't want to heat up the house by turning on the oven." My response to that is you don't realize how much you need potholders until you make homemade ice cream three times in the same week. Sisters(and brothers), there is nothing your hands need more protection from than the ice cream freezer can, fresh out of the ice cream freezer. Also, the odds of getting to eat any of said homemade ice cream when you have three teenage athletes and their friends roaming your house are not good. Lucky for them I'm definitely a process person. And, since I'm planning more ice cream this weekend, strawberry this time, I need more potholders, right?

These are made out of my seemingly endless collection of 2 1/2" squares of hand dyed fabric.

They're backed with four, 5" squares and the edges are rounded and bound.

As I was making these, it dawned on me that these potholders were the pattern I wanted to offer next alongside my bundles. I currently have several sets of the citrus bundles available along with the pattern for making the Big Patches Pillow Cover. Now I want to write up the pattern for the potholders to be sold along with 32, 2 1/2" squares and 8, 5" squares. That would allow for making a pair of potholders with both sides crafted out of hand dyed and patterned fabric.
Maybe I'll even include a simple ice cream recipe.
Look for that bundle next Friday.
In the meantime, if you have any great ice cream recipes, I'd love to hear them.


sandandstarfish said...

i don't have any great ice cream recipes... i like just plain vanilla ;)
but i did want to tell you that i love these potholders :) great job :)

Mary Lou said...

I'm with sandandstarfish on the vanilla. Glad to find someone with like tastes.
I love the potholders. I was with you until I got to the "hand dyed" part..You do that too?
I will check next Fri..

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Gorgeous potholders - I love the new shapes you make - these and the hex pot holders.

Kathy said...

would love to get your strawberry recipe!

RosaMaría said...

potholders those are so great... how about cinnamon ice cream? this is my recipe:

have a great weekend!

carol said...

When you get a grouping of stuffs together for the potholders, I'm "in". I love them and want to buy!

Marijke van Swaaij said...

yeah, but Malka, ik I sent my potholders to flickr, where is the surprise for my swap-partner?? Isn't that spoiling half of the fun???

kendra said...

i love the quilting on the top one! so pretty!

patty a. said...

I wish I would have time to participate in the potholder swap, but between working on the mother of all quilts (see the UFO millennium quilt on my blog) and having seriously spend all most of my time working out to lose a bunch of weight by July, I just can't take on another project. Your pot holders are beautiful with your hand dye batiks! I will be salivating over all the beautiful potholders on the flicker site!

K said...

So, you're getting all yiddish, but you're from Texas? Meshugeneh.

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