Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've created a Sew Along for "Patchwork Valentine". This heart shaped pot holder is perfect for that special someone!
Please reference page 10 of Pot Holders for All Seasons, by Chris Malone for full pattern, tool and fabric requirements. Don't yet have this book? Purchase it here!
Now, let's get started!
Cut the fabric and batting according to the instructions on page 11.
Lay out the squares in two rows of three and three rows of five. Stitch the rows together.
Press the seam allowances in opposite directions so the seams will nest when you connect the rows together.
Sew the rows together and press well. Trim the corners as shown on page 11.
Trim four corners. Now it looks more like a heart!
If you want a hanging loop, now is the time to sew it (page 9). Then, baste it in the corner of the pieced heart (page 12).
The next step is layering. If you are new to insulated batting, remember that the silvery layer will reflect the heat back toward the heat source. In our case, it will reflect back to the hot dish. So, put the insulated batting next to the wrong side of the backing of the pot holder. Layer the cotton batting, insulated batting, backing (right side up) and heart top (right side down). Pin, pin, pin.
Stitch around the heart shape and remember to leave an opening for turning.
Before turning, trim away the extra backing and batting. Trim the batting close to the seam line to reduce the bulk. Finally, trim the points to reduce bulk and clip into the top “V” so it will lie nice and flat after you turn the pot holder right side out.
Turn it right side out and gently ease all the edges and corners out as far as they will go. A point turner can be helpful. Pin the opening closed and hand stitch it.
On the home stretch! Quilt the pot holder, stand back, and admire your work!