Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's all about Heart and with Pauline you can certainly expect that and more...look..!

....and Mme Samm's theme for February is 'Heart and Hand'.

Thank you Mme Samm for inviting me once again to share a sewing project.
I'm Pauline and you can visit my blog at Quiltnqueen to see what else I am up to.
Yesterday was Valentines day but that doesn't mean we have to stop sewing hearts.

I have made a lot of these pot holders...
You can use Christmas, Valentine or any fabric to go with your kitchen decor. 

Today's project is a heart shaped pot holder...with hand pockets...
Pot holder, tea towel, embroidered mug rug/ pot holder


The embroidery is a free design from Bird Brain Designs.  

The instructions are for the pot holder with the hand pockets.
You can download the small heart template here and the large heart template here.

Materials needed:
  • 4 - 10" squares of fabric...
    • 2 squares are the same fabric for the hand pockets
    •  the other 2 can be the same or coordinating fabrics
  • 3 - 10" squares of batting
  • 1 - 10" square of insul-bright
  • Bias binding
  • Walking foot
Using the larger heart:
  • cut 2  fabric hearts
  • cut 2 batting hearts
  • cut 1 insul-bright heart
Large Heart cuts


Using the small heart:
  • cut 2 fabric hearts that are from the same fabric for the hand pockets
  • cut 1 batting heart
Small heart cuts

Cut the batting heart in half....Do not cut the fabric hearts...
Trim 1/8" off the straight edge of both of the batting half hearts...


Trim 1/8"

Sandwich the batting between the wrong sides of each small heart.  


Half heart batting on small heart




Fold small heart in half

Stitch 1/4" on straight edge...


Stitch 1/4" on straight edge

Place the half hearts on top of the large heart you are using as your top fabric...


Position small heart halves on lg lining

Matching edges as shown in the diagram above.  There is a 1/4' space at the top where the hearts do not meet and the bottom is about a 1-1/4" space.  Place on top of a large heart of batting and stitch a 1/8" to a scant 1/4" around the outer edge sandwiching all 3 layers.


Stitch the back of the pot holder, a batting heart and the insul-bright heart together. Make sure the batting is placed on the wrong side of the heart fabric and then the insul-bright.


Stitch top 3 layers and bottom 3 layers together

Stitching the top 3 layers together and then the bottom 3 layers together makes it easier to keep the edges even.   Your final step is to stitch the 2 pieces together.  I find it easier to stitch the 2 -3 part sections first and then sew the 6 layers together.  It is easier to keep the edges even.  I always use a walking foot and because of the thickness I lengthen my stitch length a bit.


Once you have all the layers stitched together you will stitch a straight line down the center of the heart...because of the thickness I use a longer stitch length...3.0 on my Janome.


Stitch 2 hearts together and stitch down the center


You are now ready for the binding.  This project requires bias binding.   I make my own binding using 2-1/2" strips of coordinating fabrics cut on a 45 degree bias.  It is constructed the same way as you do a regular quilt binding.  I use a generous 1/4" of 3/8" seam allowance.


Start stitching binding

I start my stitching close to the bottom of the heart...because you want the straightest part of the heart when you go to join the ends.  Remember to leave about an 8" binding tail before you start to stitch your binding down.



This is the tricky part as you do not have a lot of space to work with.  Remember to pin a pleat to give you more room to stitch the closing.  You can check out my tutorial on binding I did a year ago right here on Sew We Quilt.  It was my first every tutorial....and this one is #3....not quite so stressed about this one as the binding one.


Finish stitching binding

Now you have a completed pot holder and it is time to make another...(o:.

Finished pot holder

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you have any questions please email me.
I've enjoyed sharing my time with all of you...
Please come and visit me and enter my giveaway.
Leave a comment on this posting and over on my blog to win....
I will pick the winner February 18 from comments posted here.



Hugs and Happy Stitching!!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day yesterday!!




OHHHH look we have GIVEAWAYS too..
to make more HEARTS

This FAT quarter bundle 
and pattern from our very own Amanda Murphy...
( take a peak at her newest patterns too)
Caramel and Cocoa and her
Swiss Chocolate and Ambrosia lines....


SEW let us know --have you made any pot holders lately?

winner announced tomorrow...

CONGRATS  DEB,
You won this lovely collection from Amanda Murphy.
email sent, please send me your mailing details
sew this pck among some extras will be sent out
tomorrow...

134 comments:

  1. Adore this,I will make some. Thank you.

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  2. wow, another giveaway, count me in. Great project. Thank you Pauline and Samm

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  3. I haven't made any for a little while, the last ones I made were string blocks. Heart shaped ones are much more interesting

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  4. love the pot holders i havent made any like that before,lovely fabric range.xx

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  5. None yet but I will now.
    Thanks so much!

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  6. I love making potholders! I can see these hearts turned into ladybug potholders quite easily...might have to try it out!

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  7. I love pot holders. They're great to use scraps. I've made some last Christmas.
    Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

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  8. Cute tute, and the idea of making them into ladybugs is perfect for summer grilling. Last year I made aprons with matching oven mitts for a couple of Christmas gifts. Very well received.

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  9. Great tutorial--thanks for sharing. I've made a few potholders recently--as gifts and to practice machine quilting.

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  10. Yes I have! My first one! and I have made some oven gloves too. Thanks for the tutorial and for the giveaway.

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  11. We had a potholder exchange at Christmas and that is the last one I made. Thanks for the Tutorial. It is much simplier than the one I made for Christmas. Thanks for the offering.

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  12. I haven't made potholders but I think I'll start. I have some super cute fabrics I could use and then I could enjoy them daily in my kitchen. Or gift them to friends to enjoy. Thanks for the idea!

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  13. Cute pot holders Pauline, thank you.

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  14. I have not made any for a little while now but must get back at it. I like to add them to shower gifts. I will make them match a runner or apron. I have made this heart one before and it works just fine. The fat quaters would make up a few to give one a nice start on a little pile of hot holders for gifts or for keeps
    thanks for hosting a give away
    in stitches

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  15. I am hoping to make some for a church craft fair this fall. These heart ones would go over BIG!!! Thanks!

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  16. Thanks Pauline & Madame! I love the Pockets for your hands and Pauline your binding is just to perfect!! I could find myself just staring at this perfectly made Pot holder and never using it!!

    Yes, I have made Pot holders with the Raggy edges.

    Yes, Yes, I would Love to win some Fabric too!!

    I hope you both had a very Romantic Valentines Day!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  17. Pauline always has such wonderful ideas. This is great idea for pot holders. Thanks, M. Samm.

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  18. I love these pot holders, a year ago I made the regular pot holder that are ovals, I made them for my family, so a bunch of them, fun to make, just a bear to add the binding thru all those layers, I had to hand sew them onto the back

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  19. I have not made any potholders - yet - but this is an item that is on my sewing 'bucket' list. Thanks for the info.

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  20. Wonderful project...

    Muchas gracias...
    XOXO desde COSTA RICA

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  21. Good Morning Pauline...ohhhhhh I just adore this project...and I actually need a couple around here...your photos are perfect...great tut..

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  22. I need to make some! would be great for a surprise gift. So fun!

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  23. I have potholders on my to do list! My current ones are looking pretty worn.

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  24. i want to make some! thanks for the tut!

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  25. I made a few pot holders last Christmas, a couple of different styles. Of course I made them as gifts, I need to make some for myself. Great tutorial, I think I need to go pick through my stash for some fabric. This time I'll make some for myself. ;-> Toni Anne

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  26. I have never made pot holders but now I am inspired. This fabric looks sew pretty. And I love the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial.

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  27. No I have not but soon wil be because I realy love this pattern.
    Thanks for teh give a way.

    Kind regards,
    Marga♥

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  28. Wonderful tutorial - thanks for this opportunity and giveaway. Judy C

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  29. Yes, I actually HAVE made potholders lately, from a tutorial in Sew We Quilt. The result can be checked out in my blog http://quiltinanotshell.blogspot.com/

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  30. Great tutorial! These are WAY to cute!

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  31. Wonderful tutorial. I plan on making this! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  32. I haven't, but I definitely *want* to after seeing this! Loved the little embroidery pattern used -- just perfect for this project!! :)

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  33. Oh I just love the pot holders and I do have a friend in mind...thank you so much

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  34. oh boy !! I love pot holders and this one is very unique. thanks for the tutorial. I may just run home early and make one.

    cathy

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  35. My husband thinks we need new pot holders. These are so cute and love the pockets. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  36. One can never have enough potholders! And this creation is sweet, adorable, and very clever. I can't wait to make some up in all kinds and colors of fabrics!! Thank you so very much!

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  37. I've seen these pocket pot holders and now I know how to make them!! Cute fabric too. Also, you made a great tutorial...lots of pictures of each step along the way. I likey very much!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  38. I just made a potholder for a Christmas gift. Thanks for a chance.

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  39. I made a few potholders for a swap, but I have never made any for myself. My mom made me the exact same heart potholder in the tutorial. I'm excited to try it out!

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  40. I have not made any lately. But that sure looks like a good one to make. It actually made me think of angel wings. I am making doll clothes for a four year old so I have sillier stuff on my mind then pot holders. Maybe next month I'll get down to some serious sewing.

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  41. Never ever. But with these fabrics I can!

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  42. LO.. Thanks for the tutorial for this. I want some!

    I have not made potholders lately, however I went to dinner with a good friend and her hubby last night for valentines day and gave her a fabric heart I made as a Valentine. She exclaimed: OH! This will be a GOOD potholder!

    glen: Maybe so..........

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  43. I have not made any potholders...EVER... but I just noticed last night how ratty mine were looking. Your tutorial came at the perfect time! Thanks for the great giveaway, too!!

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  44. I don't do potholders. The smallest item I've made is a heart motif - tatting the craft that is so tiny because the size of the item depends on the size of the thread.

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  45. I have not made any yet....but after reading this tut I certainly will...thank you for the tut and the giveaway...

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  46. I have not made any potholders lately, but should! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  47. Cute potholders! Thanks for the lovely tutorial, Pauline.

    I haven't made any potholders recently... but I have them on my list of projects to sew. The ones I'm using are scary ugly and worn.

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  48. These are so cute...I don't often do "little projects" but I will have to do a couple of these!

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  49. The only potholsers ive made were the two that I stitched up as my very first sewing project as an adult! It was several months later that I discovered I had sewn a straight pin into one of them-whoops!

    Cute tutorial and thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. Very cute! I have made a few potholders and gave them as gifts

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  51. Very cute. I'm thinking I should jump on this project while it is February. :)

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  52. A-dorable tute!! Love Swiss Chocolate, too - both kinds!

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  53. I made pot holders to match a kitchen towen as a Christmas gift for my hair dresser. This heart pattern will be used often throughout the year - lotsa Guild pals to sew for.

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  54. I haven't made a pot holder since elementary school. Back then I used those little weaving bands.

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  55. Oh Pauline!! You have done it again! This is wonderful!! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  56. Have one cut out but not a heart and not as pretty as the one above. I will be pinning it for a future project!

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  57. Very cute and I love the design of this potholder. I have made them before, but never made one like this. I think I need to give this one a go as mine are looking pretty ratty!

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  58. I haven't made potholders ever, but the ones my great-aunt made for me are a cherished treasure. I've love to try and this tutorial makes up some cute ones I'll have to do for my mom.
    Thanks!

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  59. I have never made a pot holder, But these are very cute will have to try them out! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  60. I've made a good many potholders, but none like this...thanks for the great tutorial, Pauline! I want to try this soon. I'm off to refresh my memory on your bias binding tut, also!

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  61. I haven't made any potholders yet, but it is definitely on my to-do list! Love yours-- it's so pretty and BIG enough to really protect your hands! :-) Thank you for this giveaway-- the pattern is beautiful-- as is the fabric!... more than just beautiful-- MOUTHWATERING!!! Love those names! Yummy! :-)

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  62. I made lots of potholders in 2010. They were in the shape of mittens with a half hand pocket on one side. It was lots of fun.

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  63. Thanks for giveaway.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  64. Very cute pot holder, and red is the best.

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  65. YEARS ago! My experience with handmade potholders would be they're just not thick enough...so they turn out to be decorative potholders instead of usable ones. These made by Quilt N'Queen are beautiful! I'd love to enter your giveaway.

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  66. So adorable! I made few pot holders for Christmas presents.

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  67. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway. The potholder looks like fun to make. I may have to try this.

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  68. I've never made one. But I would like to try.

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  69. I haven't made potholders in a long, long time. This tutorial is a great incentive. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

    Janet

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  70. Have never made a pot holder but this tute sure makes me want to... I love swiss chocolate - discovered it late and would love to own some.....

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  71. That doesn't look too difficult. I would like to try it.

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  72. I made potholders for Christmas, but I will be making these heart ones very soon. They are beautiful and I have to make them. thanks for your many posts that make your page so exciting.

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  73. Great job Pauline! Love the potholders and accessories. :-)

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  74. Great tutorial Pauline - thanks!
    I've never made a pot holder!!!

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  75. Oh I Love these potholders!!! Gorgeous!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  76. What a great tutorial! Several years ago I purchased a bit of the insulbright so I could make potholders to give away. I've yet to make a single one! I love this pattern so I'll have to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  77. I heart me some caramel & cocoa, please. It's been a while since I have made any potpads & I am sorely in need of new ones.

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  78. One can never have too many pot holders, especially when they are super cute!

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  79. Ah (coughs, looks at feet to avoid answering) yes, well uhm, does making one for my mother last year and still not having bound it count as making one? (sorry Mummy)

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  80. Gorgeous! Sew much more pretty than my store bought ones that have seen their better days. I will have to try making these potholders. :)

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  81. I've never made potholders. Amanda's fabrics are all very pretty, and I found my way here today via quiltnqueen. I've enjoyed Pauline's blog for a long time. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  82. Your pot holders are lovely. I've never made any before. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  83. Great project and giveaway! Thanks!

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  84. I have made some, but none as cute as those in the tute!

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  85. last year I made a potholder for every holiday and sent them to my daughters, but sadly did not keep any for myself...

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  86. yep!It was for Lillychouquette a new web friend! With cupcake on it

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  87. Thanks for the pattern. I did make a potholder, crochet actually, but it did not turn out. I will see if this one will be better.

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  88. Yes - I love the pattern - no haven't made it .... yet...
    It is now on my list. Very nice hot pads.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Will have to check out the Bird Brain design too. :-)
    Cathy

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  89. Thank you for this great tutorial! I have more things on my "to make" list! ! !

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  90. What beautiful heart! thanks for sharing

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  91. Wonderful tutorial. I haven't made any potholders. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  92. No, haven't made any potholders since the ones we made as kids with those stretchy loops on the plastic loom ;>) ....when my grandmother died she still had some of them and now I have them again. Thanks for the chance to win the lovely giveaway. Rhonda (address marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  93. I have not actually ever made pot holders but these are so cute I think I might have to give it a try!!

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  94. Thank you for the tutorial. I would love to make these!

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  95. NO, I HAVEN'T MADE ANY POTHOLDERS LATELY-BUT I'M GOING TO NOW-THESE ARE ADORABLE! THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL+YOUR HINTS!

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  96. Well.....no I haven't but now I want to.

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  97. i have not made any hot pads, but I did see a hot pad turned into a coupon caddy so I've definitely had hot pads on the mind!! Yours, however, is so sweet to be in a heart shape! And as the saying goes...a way to a man's heart....
    so let's get cookin'!!

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  98. I haven't made any,but having this fabric would be an incentive! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  99. I made a couple for my mother for Christmas with a matching tablerunner.

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  100. Very cute Pauline - my girls would love a heart shaped potholder. I made several potholders for Christmas presents and they were a big hit. blessings, marlene

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  101. Sew adorable Pauline,think I might make a couple. I did make some cute potholders at christmas that looked like ice cream cones.

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  102. I haven't made any potholders lately but I need a couple of these. So cute!

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  103. Great tutorial! I haven't stitched any potholders yet, but these would be fantastic. My hands always slip past the side of my small boughten square ones... Ouch! Love the idea of a center opening protecting my fingers and giving a nice grip. :) Plus all that space to embroidery... Bonus+! Thanks for sharing. I will be adding this to my to do list! :)

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  104. This is adorable. My hubby is always getting my potholders filthy right after I wash them and they end up having to go right back into the hamper so I never have enough.

    I lurve Swiss Chocolate and AM so I would lurve to win.

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  105. I want to be as good a quilter as you when I grow up! Love those! Love this blog for featuring such talent like you!

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  106. I haven't made anything recently- my daughter got married last weekend but I'm ready to sew now.

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  107. Sweetest pot holder ever...seriously cute.

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  108. I am long overdue to make new potholders.

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  109. Nope..I think I loves to try out the tutorial! Thanks :)

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  110. No, I haven't made any potholders lately, but it is on my list to do so. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  111. Thanks, Pauline, for the great tutorial. Your heart potholder is really cute!

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  112. I make potholders out of my old chef's pants.

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  113. I made oven mitts for Christmas in Pink for my daughters pink kitchen... I was amazed at how easy that was using free pattern from web

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  114. It's been many, many years since I've made potholders. This one is so sweet though, I'm feeling rather inspired to create a few gifts to stash away for Christmas. Be blessed.

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  115. I've made these pot "pinchers" before and love them! Funny thing is . . . I've given them all away and don't have any for myself! I think it's time to make me a pair (or two or three . . . ) :)

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  116. Love this post! Even if I don't win the fabric, I'm going to spend some time this weekend making some. Could be cute with some batik fabric too. SO (sew) many possibilities! Thank you for the great tutorial!
    ~Christina in Cleveland

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  117. I just make two heart potholders. Then I thought how awesome it would be to make them with pockets. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I would love to win this for my birthday!! Thanks so much.

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  118. Nope - never made a pot holder -- but I really like this tutorial. Thanks!

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  119. I haven't made any put this is sure an inspiration to get me going.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. Potholders, you ask? Yes! I made over 20 for Christmas gifts. I used orphan blocks (birdhouses blocks and kitty blocks) and they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  121. Love the heart potholder. Want to make one! Love the giveaway fabric, too!

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  122. These are too cute. Love the tutorial. Thanks

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  123. This is exactly what I have been looking for! I'm going out looking for some Insulbrite today and get started. Thanks for the tutorial,

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  124. Love this tutorial! And it looks so easy. Thanks to Pauline and thanks for the chance to win this fabric! It would be wonderful!

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  125. Love the pot holders and I might have to put this one together with the owl pot holders I was going to make for my daughter-in-law. Never one to follow instructions without making an adjustment somewhere.

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  126. I have a similar chicken pot holder but the head gets in the way. LOL The heart would be absolutely perfect for me.

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  127. Cute. Cute. Cute! I love give aways too!

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  128. I love this. And such a well written tut. Thanks

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  129. the most recent one i made was the old fashioned loops kind with the frame where you "plaid" then in and out. i bought a book on the quilted potholders and would love to make bee members this year please. thank you for sharing!

    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  130. Thanks for sharing! This was adorable. Might try it for gifts!

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