Meet guest blogger and fabric and quilt designer Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs! Sharon’s fat-quarter-friendly Demilune quilt is featured in the October/November 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Read on, and don’t miss the fabric giveaway at the bottom of the page!
My name is Sharon Holland and it’s so nice to be here with you. I am the textile designer behind the Gossamer fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics and quilt designer of the Demilune quilt in McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2015 issue.
When McCall’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger and talk about something connected with my Demilune quilt project I knew just want I wanted to blog about! If you’re like me, I bet you save every scrap of fabric from every project right? Every usable piece of batting—yup, guilty. Well, it’s time to whip up a few pot holders with those leftovers. Not only will you find this project useful around the kitchen and table but one can make a great addition to a gift basket.
List of Ingredients:
To make one hot pad
Note: Use the Demilune B template shape provided in the McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2015 issue or download the template here. Check that the template is printed full size by verifying that the reference square measures exactly 1”. Trace the shape onto the template material, then cut out the shape neatly and label.
Sew pieces right side together and use a ¼” seam allowance throughout. Remove selvage edges from fabric before cutting shapes.
Cut 8 template shapes from the (8) 5-¼” assorted prints.
Arrange 4 quarter circles into 2 rows of 2 shapes each as shown. Stitch 2 shapes together; make 2 rows.
Join the rows to make 1 circle. Make a total of 2 circles.
On the wrong side of each circle, center a 9” diameter cotton batting circle. Baste as desired (I like to use spray baste). Machine quilt as desired.
Layer in this order: 10-½” Insul-Bright® batting and the quilted circles right sides together, with seams matched. Generously pin around circle to hold the layers together.
Starting and ending with a backstitch, sew around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance using the edge of the quilted circle as the guide. Leave a 3-4” opening for turning. Remove pins. Trim edge of Insul-Bright® to match the edges of the layered circles. Carefully clip curves and turn right side out.
Turn opening edge under ¼” to the wrong side. Pin opening closed and blind stitch closed.
Machine topstitch ⅛” from edge to finish.
This flat pot holder is large enough to protect your tabletop from most size pans and also doubles as an oven mitt!
Now’s the perfect time to get a handle on that scrap pile of yours and maybe stock away a few extra gifts for the holidays!
Thanks so much, Sharon! If you’d like to make the Demilune full size quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the October/November issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop. Quilt kits and backing fabric are also available.
Sharon is also giving away a prize package of 10 beautiful fat quarters of Gossamer fabrics! Leave a comment below before midnight September 7, 2015 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. The winner’s name will be drawn on September 8 and notified by email.
This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.