For our second group challenge Lynne chose our theme: “use a sewing machine stitch you’ve never used before”. I decided to try a quilting stitch. I’ve sewn patchwork quilt tops before, but I’ve always had my patchwork quilted by others – I’ve never done my own quilting.
My first challenge was locating the quilting foot that came with my sewing machine! After searching my entire house (including the attic, wow, it’s scary up there!) I realized that the foot was in the first place I’d looked, in the case where I keep all my sewing machine bits and pieces. I’d just overlooked it because I’d never removed it from its protective bubble wrap:) My next challenge was figuring out a project to quilt. There was no way I’d have enough time to sew an entire patchwork top, and I knew I shouldn’t take on a full size top as my first quilting project anyway. I needed to find something small and quick to make!
I decided to look through the home décor patterns. I was sure I’d once seen a pattern for a quilted sewing machine cover. But when I noticed Kwik Sew 0188 it was love at first sight! My goodness, it’s called “Barnyard Baking Mitts”! I was born on a farm – how could I resist? And 0188 turned out to be a great choice because the potholders are quilted with a straight channel stitch, the easiest and most basic of quilting stitches. Kwik Sew 0188 includes patterns to make cow, pig, and chicken oven mitts. Each mitt is equally cute, and I wanted to make them all, but based on the fabric I had readily available in my stash I finally decided to make the pig potholder.
I didn’t run into any problems with the construction of this pattern until I tried enclose the seam around the inside perimeter of the potholder with 1/2″ single fold bias tape as called for by the supplies list. I found the 1/2″ single fold bias tape too difficult to sew over the seam joining the front of the mitt to the back. So I used 1/2″ double fold bias tape instead and that worked out just perfectly. I used the double fold bias tape around the bottom edge of the mitt as well.
This cute and simple pattern made learning how to quilt on my sewing machine easy and fun! Thank you, Lynne for coming up with this wonderful challenge!