Wednesday, February 9, 2011
two season potholder
This is my entry in the Prudent Baby Sewing Machine Double Down contest to win a new Brother sewing machine. Of course my entry is last minute (today is the last day to enter), but if I don't wait until the last minute I will spend forever trying to perfect an idea, driving myself crazy to get every detail right. Until, that is, it's the last minute anyway and I have no more time.
I call this a two season potholder not because you can use it for two seasons per year. That would be ridiculous. I named this one "two season" because, to me, each side resembles a tree in a different season. This side with the buttons looks like a tree in spring with lots of colored, budding leaves.
After I placed the purple tree on this polka-dot fabric (it's Porcelina by Michele D'Amore for Marcus Fabrics that I picked up during my first trip to my local fabric shop a few months ago), I realized that I had another season: winter. This tree reminds me of a bare tree in winter . . . with fabulous colored snow!
I wonder if these colors are too 1970's shag? I really like the dark purple terry. It's definitely not something I choose often. I really didn't mean to mix so many fabrics, but I just went with what looked good at the moment. Last (very late) night, I thought that these fabrics didn't really mix that well, but after I looked at it this morning, I decided that not only does it really not matter but I also kind of like these colors together. After all, isn't one definition of creativity making uncommon combinations work together in a fun new way? I thought so, too.
I followed Prudent Baby's tutorials here and here because I believe the rules required it. I always forget how thick potholders can be with all these layers. It really takes patiences and awareness to sew all these layers correctly the first time . . . two things that seem to disappear with every passing minute after, let's face it, 9pm. And for a little extra fun, the loop I added at the top was made from the selvedge of the Porcelina fabric. Now I can remember where to find more.
Wish me luck in the contest, unless of course you entered a potholder, too. I will be hopping over to Prudent Baby on Monday February 14 to see the winners. I'm sure they won't disappoint!