Okay, you know when you get this answer from your mom: “I don’t need anything, I don’t want any gifts…” and you really can’t think of anything she might LOVE for mother’s day?
Just two small ideas came to mind… potholders and a large placemat/tabletopper…. AHUM, not my favorite, dazzling gifts ever, but I know my mom loves cooking ( I love eating whatever she prepares! :-) ) and she really needed new potholders.
I created a large placemat to use on the outdoor table in my parent’s garden. I used a new piece of navy blue fabric I bought in Germany and quilted lots of feathers on them. The piece was about 1 meter in length.
I used a chalk pen to draw in the stems of the feathers. I was able to stick to about half of the lines, the rest I just ignored and did something else…
Look at the binding. It is awesome!
It is just so perfect!
I have tried a different sewing foot for finishing the binding. Normally I use the walking foot to stitch in the ditch the binding down. This time I tried the blind hem foot (Janome 7700 foot G) and it went well. I will show you pictures of that foot in a minute!
Just one little mishap, just one!
Okay, now for the potholders!
I used 4 layers of batting (Wow-eee!) and quilted it with a straight stitch with the walking foot.
They are really big! LOVE THAT!
I used the left over strip of binding from the table topper and found out that is was not really wide enough to encase the 4 layers of batting. (lesson learned) So there were some areas at the back that the machine did not actually catch, but hey… they are potholders and not an art quilt!
Now for the blind hem foot… This is what it looks like.
I loved using this foot for finishing the binding. Just go slow when you reach the corners as you can not really see where the needle is.
I also tried this foot for normal stitch in the ditch, but that DID NOT WORK! The black thing on the left is like a lever and tilts up a little bit, but it gets stuck (pins down the fabric underneath) when you go over a bulky seam. It might be possible that this particular foot may only work for binding on a smooth surface where there are no seams. (like a wholecloth) Anyway, it is perfect for simple potholders!
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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