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Make It : Quilted Potholder

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What came first, the chicken or the quilted potholder?! Well, for the cover of the January issue of Martha Stewart Living it may have been the chicken...but take a look at the potholder in the story:


The two have quite a bit in common—both are basic and traditional and easy. Yet both slightly intimidate at first. I admit I had reservations when we first spoke about doing another quilting story. I'm not much for projects that confine me to the sewing machine for hours on end, as I just don't have the time. So I tried to figure out quilting projects that would use the same classic technique of the log cabin design, yet be on a smaller scale. And here I am—a newborn quilter. Slightly hooked, as it's fun to add yet one more strip, one more, and there you're already done.


I made these for my fun to use up fabrics you have left over. Take a look at the January issue for other projects in the story, as there are many more that can be finished in a few hours. (But the potholder came first). Oh, and yes, I've made the chicken recipes, too. Am up to family has yet to agree which one is the best.

Comments (3)

  • Anyone know where the ceramic preserves jar is from? I would love to get one.

  • I made several of these pot holders for my sisters. They were great and fun to make.

  • I too made potholders very similar to these as Christmas gifts this year! I used the log cabin pattern as well; it was fun to go through my fabric scraps and make different combinations. Once I made two squares, though, I quilted batting and leftover flannel between the squares using an asterisk design, then finished the edges with double-fold bias tape (for some of them I even made the bias tape).

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