I've been slowly cleaning out the studio – getting rid of the stuff I will not use and trying to use up what I have on hand. With that in mind, along with the bag holder, I also made Georgia two potholders.  Again, everything came out of the scrap stash – prints, solids, batting.  For some reason, I really enjoy making potholders. I think it is because they are like mini-quilts that will get used again and again. I can play with fabric combinations, quilting techniques and maybe even throw in some persnickity piecing if I'm up for it. They come together fast and I love projects that I can start and finish within an hour.  Also, the ones I have in my own kitchen do double duty as trivets and are stained like nothing else. That just makes me like them even more.

I dipped into the fabric stash to make these patchwork dish towels for a friend's birthday. She loves purple as much as I love green.  I don't have many good purple scraps to choose from so I culled some great prints with purple and sewed them to some waffle weave dish towels that were unearthed last week.  Again, a quick and useful project – my favorite kind. There are a few more towels hanging around – I might whip some up for our kitchen or maybe as hand towels for the powder room.  Or maybe both.

P.S. Have you heard about Molly's newest project – Blarter? Go check it out. I think it is brilliant and have no doubts that it will be a great resource and tool for us crafty bloggers.


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