Ten mitts finished

I had so much fun with my Artful Oven Mitts; thanks to the pattern and tutorial from Maria Shell.

I have finished 10 mitts, and have one on the cutting table; traced and ready to quilt.  I have “delivered” 3 as gifts this week while I am out traveling.  (I am away from my sewing and visiting with my sister for a week).

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I was tickled to see one of my faithful followers (the Wonders of Yarrow House) post a blog that she is going to make some as gifts too.

I do have to say;  I really started out to just make a couple; and had so much fun with the process, I just kept going.  I made a second trip for more INSUL-BRIGHT and Cotton Batting at Hobby Lobby .  (They had a much better price per yard on the INSUL BRIGHT than the local quilt store; so I got 3 yards.)  I mentioned in a previous post that I added a layer of cotton batting to my MITTS.   Maria calls for just the insul bright in her pattern; but she is using heavy fabric.  I am using quilting cotton on the outside of my mitts, so thought it was wise to take that precaution.  I used heavy decorator fabric on the inside.

My production line went something like this:    One day I sat and pieced together all my bits of scraps from my scrap baskets, just adding here and there; trimming to keep it manageable, pressing as I went.  Before the afternoon was finished I had a big 56×30 piece of fabric made from all those scraps.  The next afternoon, I took my templates (used 2) and traced around them all as I arranged on my big scrappy fabric.  I used a dark sharpie, as I had so many colors.  Then, I got them all layered up for quilting; adding 1 extra layer of cotton batting. The following day I did the machine quilting all over the big 56×30 piece with the shapes drawn on.  (Fill 2 or 3  bobbins before you start).  I sat one evening cutting out mitts and pinning together.  I made a bunch of cuff bindings and hanging tags one day, production line method.

Turning the mitts was something I did in the evening watching TV.  I have to warn you, they get very “linty” from the batting.  I used a knitting needle and a long screwdriver to work the thumbs out in the turning.  It was quite time consuming and about 3 was the most I would turn in an evening.  Tough on the ol’ arthritic fingers.

One afternoon I sat and worked on the hanging tags and cuff binding; using the open arm on my machine to slide the mitt over.  I have to admit, I machined on the binding for several of my mitts; and hand stitched the turn of the binding on only 4.  I am more pleased with the look of the hand stitch.  I would not “cut corners” again machining the binding.  It is such a tight fit on the arm of my machine, that it was difficult to get a nice neat looking finish, and I did break out the seam ripper to  correct that. So, no time was saved by trying to  do it all by machine.

I enjoyed making the Artful Oven Mitts. I got rid of a lot of scraps from my bins, and it was so freeing and fun “making” my own fabric, with out any quilting rules….just joining the pieces and stitching and having fun.  I left one set on the table to finish when I get home next week; then I think I will move on to something new.  Thanks Maria Shell for your inspiration.

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Had fun yesterday “making fabric” for Artful Oven Mitts.  Got 4 finished.   Had some left from the previous day all ready to go, so they are pinned and ready for quilting.

Pinned to the "quilt sandwich"; traced around the edges with a wide red SHARPIE marker.

Pinned to the “quilt sandwich”; traced around the edges with a wide red SHARPIE marker.

Feeling Opposite...This is really just 1 mitt!  All layered up with extra cotton along with that shiny foiled batting you need for an oven mitt . Needs the pattern traced, then the paper comes off and the pins go along the outside edges and get ready for the fun of quilting.

Feeling Opposite…This is really just 1 mitt! All layered up with extra cotton along with that shiny foiled batting you need for an oven mitt . Needs the pattern traced, then the paper comes off and the pins go along the outside edges and get ready for the fun of quilting.

So fun digging in the scrap bins and taking all sorts of shapes and pieces and "making" fabric!  These little bits will get squared up and more bits attached. (Going to have two color waves going tho!)

So fun digging in the scrap bins and taking all sorts of shapes and pieces and “making” fabric! These little bits will get squared up and more bits attached. (Going to have two color waves going tho!)

Threw a touch of red in for fun!  I grabbed the blue green  bin and started to put pieces together. Realized I had some rather LARGE bits (6x6 or 8x8) pieces in the mix.  this whole piece is about 25x50.  Think before I start drawing mitts on, I might take my rotary cutter and SLICE through some of those big green and blue blocks and make them smaller; rotate them around; wedge something else in andd stitch again.  I like the looke of the smaller pieces on the finished Artful Oven Mitts.

Threw a touch of red in for fun! I grabbed the blue green bin and started to put pieces together. Realized I had some rather LARGE bits (6×6 or 8×8) pieces in the mix. this whole piece is about 25×50. Think before I start drawing mitts on, I might take my rotary cutter and SLICE through some of those big green and blue blocks and make them smaller; rotate them around; wedge something else in andd stitch again. I like the looke of the smaller pieces on the finished Artful Oven Mitts.

Go check out Maria’s blog http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/11/10/artful-oven-mitts/ for details on how to make these wonderful oven mitts.  She messaged me yesterday and indicated she STILL has patterns to give away.    Follow her instructions too….I should NOT have cut my mitts before quilting; just marked them with a sharpie.  I did the first one cutting it out then quilting; did 3 using her method; then the last one, which is PINNED in the photos above, I cut apart after pinning the pattern to it.  Going to go back; trace my outline; QUILT; then trim to the proper shape.  I am also going to modify the bottom cuff  just a smidge to make it easier to get it over the open arm of my machine.  If I add 1 ” it will be so much easier for me to get the binding on the cuff! (That means I need to add 1″ to the binding…can’t forget that part!

I need to get another package of Insul Bright today before I go any further!  You are in for a real visual treat when you check out Maria’s little army of MITTS!

Enjoy

1 year, 500 likes, Artful Mitts and Mystery Quilt

A milestone I believe….a year of blogging and 500 likes within the same few days. Amazing the world you reach when you just start typing.  I’m grateful for the connections over the last year!   I am amazed at who reads my blog; surprised that there are bloggers with thousands of followers who took the time to pop in and comment, and inspired by  all the blogs I read.  Thank goodness for the READER function on WordPress and for BLOGLOVIN.  Both give me a way to keep up.

I got to meet, in person, at IQF – Houston – one of the bloggers who I follow – Maria Shell .  She was in the CRAFTSY booth, giving lessons. Her blog today talks about what she was sharing at Houston! http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/12/05/ruler-made-stripes/comment-page-1/#comment-1933

Just the other day, I received a pattern in the mail from Maria.  She offered a pattern on her 100th post and I got one!!! What great effort she made sharing a gift with 100 people who commented on her post.  The pattern is highlighted here: http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/11/10/artful-oven-mitts/

I was “between projects” and have baskets of scraps, so I thought I would give her pattern a try. I picked up some Insul Bright batting (1 yard) on Monday after my quilt guild meeting; and have “made” some fabric!!  The Insul Bright batting was available at MARES BEARS Quilt Shop in Lewes DE by the yard.  I bought 1 yard to see how this worked out.  I have 4 Artful Oven Mitts in progress!  I almost emptied one of my scrap baskets!  It was fun putting together the odd bits & pieces to “make” a large piece of fabric.

Making fabric for Artful Mitts

Making fabric for Artful  Oven Mitts

I have a dozen bolts of decorator fabric that is quite heavy, so used it for the “inside”.  I also added an extra layer of cotton batting (from the batting scrap box). My “fabric sandwich” consists of the patchwork pieces I put together – about 20″ x 50″; a layer of Insul Bright, a layerof cotton batting; and a piece of decorator cotton fabric.  In the photo above, I have it all layered and pinned together and have started quilting it.  (Before this photo, I did one Artful Oven Mitt as a test project).  I was able to cut 3 mitts (6 pieces) from this larger 20 x 50 piece that I quilted.  (Note to self – wind a few bobbins before starting!)  I had so much fun picking scraps from my baskets; making small groups and then squaring and joining with other small groups.  It is really wonky and fun. I actually took my ruler and SLASHED through some of the small group pieces that had bigger pieces, so I could “rearrange” in a way that suited me.  I wish now I had taken LOTS of pictures.  My mitts are nearly complete; just need to stitched the binding down on 3 of them; and will do  did that this morning; and then finish this blog post with all 4 MITTS standing tall!

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I think thought this afternoon, I might just run back to the quilt store – Serendipity in Dagsboro DE to pick up some more INSUL BRIGHT.  I see myself making quite a few of these, and really emptying out the baskets.  Changed my mind and “made” some more fabric.  Had enough INSUL BRIGHT left to do 1 more MITT.   Will be moving out of the pastels to the reds blues and greens next!  (My hubby said these ones I made are nice for ladies, but what about the men who cook!)  Wishing I had Maria’s long arm to do the quilting, but did have some fun with FREE MOTION quilting. (Again – note to self; put on the quilt gloves when FMQ!)    Another yard of batting will get me 4 more mitts…and that is an easy goal for a one day project. I have a few friends to give a Christmas gift to, that I think these will do nicely!   My thanks to MARIA SHELL for her pattern and inspiring blog.

Speaking of Long Arms – have you entered APQS Great Longarm Giveaway?  http://apqs.com/longarm-giveaway/    I have tried to enter every day (missed a few) since August.  Contest ends next week!

On another note; I have a project to begin soon.  Anybody doing Bonnie Hunter – Quiltville Mystery Challenge – Celtic Solstice ??

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/celtic-solstice-mystery.html

I have my paint swatches; and some of my  fabric in neat little piles all over the place; just waiting on my “TRI-REC” rulers to come in the mail TODAY (hoping for tomorrow)!!!  Clue 1 came out last Friday; and Clue 2 came out today!  I think I am going to do the “small” version!  I won’t start unil later in the month; after Clue 3 comes out.  I have a little trip to take next week, and can’t take it with me.  I plan to do some starching of fabric before I begin anyway, so even without the rulers, I can get ready.  Love to hear if you are participating in the mystery.

Off to sew and take some pictures.  Happy stitching.