Saturday, January 21, 2017

Addicted to Making Potholders (Could Be Worse!)

What can I say?  I love making them.  They're quick, useful and eat up small scraps of fabric.

I made two sets using bits of the fabric I had left over from the material I used in making the valances for our entry porch.


The fronts.


The backs.


I like this fabric so much!

The birds on bare branches in a wintery scene brighten up our old, gray, melting snow, ice and puddles.  And yes, navigating out there, whether on foot or in a vehicle, is treacherous at the present time.

Hey, Mother Nature!  This is January in northern Minnesota.  What's with this 30+ degree melty, rainy weather??

28 comments:

Jan said...

Love that fabric-these are so pretty!

Sue said...

You always find the prettiest fabrics. Those are wonderful......I love the Cardinal!

We're nothing but thick slippery ice here. Mid 30's, drizzly, day after day.
The winter..........that wasn't.
Stay safe out there on that ice.

DFW said...

Very pretty. Love the cardinal one.

Sparkless said...

Those are very nice and could be used as decorations all by themselves. Love the birds on them.

Mama Pea said...

Jan - Thanks for commenting! The fabric is certainly a new favorite of mine!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Ish! Sounds as though you're having the same cwappy weather we are. What's happening? This is JANUARY, for Pete's sake!

Mama Pea said...

DFW - There's something about cardinals that is hard to resist!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Aw, aren't you so sweet! Have been thinking about you and wondering how your kids are doing. Hope your daughter is now much, much better.

Tombstone Livestock said...

good job on the potholders, had more than enough rain for me here in sunny California, last I heard we were at 170%+ of normal, front pastures have flooded again. Dogs were barking at something under the stock trailer today ... out came a big red fox, bet he/she is tired of the rain too.

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Talk about feast or famine when it comes to you getting rain! Is this worse than the past drought? Once the rain stops, you should be dressed in green for quite a while!

Goatldi said...

I hear you Tombstone Livestock. Here in True Nor Cal we have been swimming since October and it just keeps coming. Mama Pea excellent pot holders you are an inspiration to be sure. I hope you get more agreeable weather soon!

Susan said...

Having been the lucky recipient of your beautiful pot holders, I am very thankful for your obsession! Same crappy weather here. Rain, fog, ice. Rinse, repeat. I'm sure we'll get winter back, but when?!

Anonymous said...

love the potholders. Where is winter? 16 days of rain some hard some light ,temps in the 60's. Some of my flowers are starting to comes up.
Sue

Myrna said...

Love the pot holders but not the weather. We are having so much rain we might have to mow the lawn.lol. Winter isn't happening here in Iowa either.

FoxyLady said...

Potholders! What a great idea. Even I could finish one without getting bored with the project before I got it done. :)

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Sounds as though there aren't many of us being buried under snow at least. Papa Pea was by the big city last Friday and drove through the worst fog he's seen. Not good. Be careful with your fog and ice.

Mama Pea said...

Anonymous Sue - At least we haven't had temps as warm as you. That's not good for plantings . . . not in January, for sure.

Mama Pea said...

Myrna - And the Old Farmer's Almanac predicted a colder and snowier winter. Hard to plan on much, isn't it?

Mama Pea said...

FoxyLady - That's the joy of the potholders. Instant (well, not really but close) satisfaction!

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

Beautiful potholders!!! I'm really digging the fabric you picked out.
Keep on making yourself pot holders....this way you'll have a set for every holiday :-)

Hugs,
Sandy

Mama Pea said...

Goatldi - Thank you, thank you! Temps dropping a bit -- possible snow mid-week. Sure hope we don't get a lot of ice first. But, hey, it is winter time!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - I use the potholders as small thank you gifts or hostess gifts. I keep inflicting them on people whether they want them or not! ;o}

Saundra said...

Mama Pea,
As usual, your pot holders are useful & beautifully done. I don't know if I'd use them--probably have to hang them "just for looks." Soo nice. Sandy

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - You're so sweet to say such nice things about my potholders. But I have rule that whoever receives them, has to actually use them. I'm always willing to replace them with new if they get too grungy looking! ;o}

Kristina said...

I love them all! A few years ago, I called a store to see about taking lessons to quilt them for the first time. As you can see, I have not even had the time to do it. Maybe after I am done cleaning and purging? Hm. Then again, we have trees to cut and split...

Erin said...

your potholders are always beautiful! I am the same way with quilting table runners!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Sometimes I get very frustrated with myself thinking I don't give enough time to any of the things I like to do. (We won't even talk about the "must dos" that need to be done every day.) Maybe if I just concentrated on quilting? Or knitting? Or making rugs? And then there's always . . . well, I know you can relate.

Mama Pea said...

Erin - Yep, I can relate to that, too. My current quilting project is making three coordinated winter-ish table runners to use on three different cabinet/storage unit tops in the house. 'Cept, my choice of pattern is so putzy it may take me three or four years to finish them!