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 Flores says:

    Love the round potholders. Can’t wait to make some !

  2. Glenda Britten says:

    Easy pattern and cute fabric!!

  3. Leslie White says:

    I LOVE this quilt!!! And we LOVE Art Gallery fabrics! So do my customers!! This is a great idea and we can’t wait to make some!!

  4. Deb Gaines says:

    Love the potholders- great project for granddaughters!

  5. Pamela Neal says:

    Sharon your Demilune quilt is stunning! Thank you for the chance to make my own.

  6. Debra Middlebrooks says:

    In need of some new pot holders. Now I have the perfect pattern.

  7. Mona Gould says:

    Lovely Fabric, and great idea for the scraps.

  8. Abbie Park says:

    I bought a insul-bright batting 5 month ago and they were just sitting on my sewing table helplessly.

  9. Trudy says:

    Sharon, love the pattern for the round pot holders.. Thanks for sharing.. Happy Quilting, Trudy

  10. I’ve been looking for a pot holder pattern that doesn’t use bias tape for the binding. This looks perfect! Thank you!

  11. Pat Bendily says:

    I’ve been buying charm packs and this will be a great way to use some of them up. Thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Janice Hashem says:

    Love the simplicity of this, can’t wait to try.

  13. Teri Leppo says:

    I love the fabric you made the potholder with!

  14. Melissa Layman says:

    Thank you for the pot holder/hot pad tutorial! I have loads of scraps to use, and am just beginning to get into quilting. This will be perfect to practice quilting on, and not so large that I get discouraged. :)

  15. Julia says:

    Wow so easy but great looking, will be appearing in family christmas stockings this year. Love the fabric too.

  16. Alice Coddington says:

    So inspired to begin right now. Stunning

  17. lee johnson says:

    Beautiful contemporary fabric! I like making a block from a quilt pattern to see if I like it. Now I’ll make pot holders of my samples. Thanks!

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