Demilune: A Visit with Sharon Holland

Holland Sharon 225px Demilune: A Visit with Sharon HollandMeet 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.

Demilune styled 550px Demilune: A Visit with Sharon HollandWhen 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.

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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.

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Join the rows to make 1 circle. Make a total of 2 circles.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Machine topstitch ⅛” from edge to finish.

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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.

prize 350px Demilune: A Visit with Sharon HollandSharon 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.

We have our winner! Congratulations to Kristy Frank from Fort Collins, Colorado!





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67 Responses to Demilune: A Visit with Sharon Holland

  1. Cathy Holden says:

    Lovely soft colors…

  2. Debi Moore says:

    This is beautiful fabric and I could make beautiful things with it!

  3. Allison CB says:

    Great project! Thanks for sharing! The fabrics look lovely!

  4. Diane says:

    Thank you for opportunity to win some very beautiful fabrics! The potholder tutorial looks so easy too! Will be trying it out!

  5. Barb S. says:

    The potholder may be just the quick easy gift idea I’ve been looking for! As for the fabrics, beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win something so lovely.

  6. Cindy Prince says:

    Nice potholder! love that I don’t need to make bias binding HAHA!
    I usually prefer bright colors, but lately I’ve been drawn to the softer color palettes, feeling the need to stretch my horizons I suppose.
    Thank you,
    Cindy in Mississippi

  7. Monaquilts says:

    Love these beautiful fabrics, I tend to go so dark and earthy that I am happy for the inspiration to go a little softer and brighter?!?

  8. This is a great little project idea! Love Gossamer as well! :)

  9. Karen Abma says:

    Very pretty fabrics. Would love to add some fat quarters to my stash.

  10. Kathy Erickson says:

    I have made lots of pot holders, but never a round one! Now I will! Thanks for the tutorial so I can get busy with my first! The fabric in this bundle are so fresh and easy on the eyes…love it!

  11. Esther G says:

    I love your color choices!

  12. S Brown says:

    I have been looking for a cute potholder pattern and will use this patterns to make several potholders.

  13. Lynda H says:

    I really like the soft colors in this line – lately have been drawn to brights, but it would be nice to work with something doesn’t shout!

    Someday I will be making hot pads – will keep this process in mind.

  14. Sandy K says:

    I love the round potholders, especially the large size.

  15. Grace Niederlehner says:

    This looks so easy and makes such a nice looking product. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  16. Vicki H says:

    I like the idea of round potholders. I now have Insul-Bright on my shopping list.

  17. Becky Hight says:

    i would love to win these lovely fabrics!

  18. Carol Sharman says:

    Very lovely collection.

  19. teri says:

    Thankful for a great tutorial on these lovely pot holders.

  20. Debbie D says:

    I so need to make a million of those hot pads in all shapes and sizes to protect my brand new dining room table! love this collection and it would be perfect :) Thanks for the offer!

  21. Rhonda Davis says:

    The potholders would be great to have on hand if you need a gift-in-a-hurry.

  22. Jennifer says:

    Just tossed out all the potholders from the camper and need to make a new set before fall camping/hunting season. Thanks for the chance!

  23. Nancy Chaney says:

    Love this hot mitt pattern, and your fabric.

  24. Abby Mabe says:

    I love making scrap fabric potholders! Yours are very pretty!

  25. Janie says:

    Lovely fabric. Thank you for the tutorial. I definitely need to update my pot holders. Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. Teresa Block says:


  27. Michele Timms says:

    This is a fantastic project to use up all those pretty scraps of fabric to make gifts year round!!! Love this idea, thanks!!!

  28. June Jacobs says:

    Beautiful fabrics and projects, as always, Sharon! The Demilune quilt and Gossamer fabrics are lovely. I appreciate the cute potholder tutorial you posted. Thanks for sharing your talents with us and for offering this awesome fabric giveaway!

  29. Kathy CUMMINGS says:

    Great project ! Thank you . I love your fabrics .

  30. Kathy CUMMINGS says:

    Great project ! Thank you . I love your fabrics .

  31. Judy Waters says:

    WOWSA!! Great colors for my newly remodeled kitchen. And such an easy project using the Gossamer fabrics.

  32. becky moyer says:

    Another beautiful line by Sharon!! Adorable hotpad too. I’m thinking teacher gifts with all my scraps…

  33. Lacey says:

    I will definitely be making some pot holders, thanks for the tutorial!

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  35. Mary Rubendall says:

    I’ve never made potholders but you make me be!ieve that I can! So I am….thanks for the tutorial

  36. Linda Webster says:

    The Gossamer Fabrics are so pretty. I love the idea of a round potholder. I’ve only made square potholders in the past and will definitely try Sharon’s pattern.

  37. Love is pattern, would love to see more and win the fat quarters. Thanks

  38. Maureen says:

    Great idea for a different pot holder!

  39. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful fabrics! Love the colors. Will be making these for Christmas presents. Thanks for the pattern.

  40. Madge Mason says:

    Love this cute little potholder. I love circles and quilting. They go so great together. Thanks for the pattern and tute!!

  41. Ellen Northam says:

    Thank you for the instructions for the hot pad. I love the fabric line, reminds me of vintage bed linen.

  42. snowbaby katz says:

    This is such pretty fabric… but I thought at first you were giving away the pitcher and the Tealeaf dish, like the ones my great aunt, Auntie Rae left for me…

  43. Janet M says:

    beautiful fabrics. such soft colors

  44. Mary Margaret says:

    Love the fabrics and pot holder pattern. Thank you.

  45. Linda says:

    Hi,such a neat potholder design-Thanks for sharing!

  46. Kim S says:

    Love the fabrics and fun little project.

  47. Genevieve Wright says:

    Very nice. Love the fabrics.

  48. Marie says:

    Nice fabric! Thank you for the pot holder tutorial, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to make some.

  49. Barb K. says:

    The Gossamer fabrics look beautiful–also, nice potholder instructions-Thanks!

  50. Kristy says:

    love the soft colors…a nice change from all the bright colors I have been seeing lately!

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