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Date: 11/23/13 8:27 AM

Hi, all! I am making apron sets with embellished hand towels and oven mitts or potholders as Christmas gifts. I'm wondering if it is necessary to quilt the layers of Insul-Bright and batting to the lining and cover fabric. I have looked at a few online tutorials and they don't consistently instruct you to quilt them, but it seems like they might be more durable and less likely to warp out of shape during washing if they are quilted? Would it work to quilt the lining and battings together but leave the cover fabric separate?

Thank you for any advice!!

Denise

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Date: 11/23/13 8:44 AM

I think its a personal decision. I have really gotten into quilting little things like that because I think its a nice design element and you can get creative and interesting in how you choose to do it.

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Date: 11/23/13 9:03 AM

Hi, Han! Thanks for your reply. I really don't think I would love the way the cover fabric would look with the standard quilted stripes or diamond pattern that you see on commercial oven mitts, but I don't want to make these items as gifts and then have them end up ugly after the first wash!!

I guess I could think about hand quilting around the characters on the fabric... ugh! That makes me tired just thinking about it, lol!

Maybe I need to play with a few options on test scraps to see what I think.

Thanks again!
Denise

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Date: 11/23/13 9:25 AM

Ahhh yes I totally agree; commercial quilting can feel boring! I've been working on holiday gifts as well (posting progress in the Starting Christmas Sewing Early sew along thread) and I have been trying to think up fun ways to quilt. One of my FAVORITES (that I can't quite do right) is concentric circle quilting. I think you need a quilting foot or a walking foot to do it but it looks AWESOME if you have either of those. Concentric squares are cool too, even the ones that are all connected. I did a zig-zag quilted box which is pretty cool too. I really like how this one came out; not sure if you can see the details:
Quilted Fabric boxes

The only intersecting lines are in the center, and otherwise the quilted stitch lines run parallel and then turn 90 degrees when they're even with the corner. (Does that make sense?)

Since you have characters on your pot holders, why not try your idea and quilt the bottom and the batting to see how you like it? Or do something like this where you quilt not quite onto the characters, but about an inch and a half from the edges? These are for trays, but it's sort of similar in that the trays had a large design on the front that I didn't want to distract with quilting lines. By quilting along the fold lines, I was able to give it a little more structural integrity and make sure it all sticks together but not distract from the point and purpose of the fabric.

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Date: 11/23/13 10:40 AM

Han, I really love your box! The quilting pattern on it is great! I like the idea of the circles but I don't have a walking foot. I am going to play around with some samples to see how various patterns look on the cover fabric. If I hate them all I will try quilting everything but the cover and send it through the wash as a test! :)

Denise

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Date: 11/23/13 12:42 PM

FWIW, I hardly ever wash my potholders. I think I've done it once--when DH used them to rescue a baby bird that had fallen into our yard.

All the same, I vote for quilting. It will also help the layers behave better when you bind them/sew them together/etc.

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Date: 11/23/13 1:20 PM

I usually do free motion quilting on my hotpads to keep the layers together..
Oh just Look at this pininterest board.... some lovely stippling and FM quilting....
http://www.pinterest.com/moosemamatess/quilting-free-motion-stippling/

some great ideas!

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Date: 11/23/13 2:00 PM

I would test out your ideas on hot pans if you really want them to work. I was very disappointed with the combination of insulbrite and cotton batting, quilted or not, when I tested potholders I made. I decided quilting was not really an issue, but the cotton batting I used (pellon "something and natural") + insulbright just did not work. I now use old, but structurally sound, thick bath towels in place of the batting. (I tested them by removing a pan that had been in a 450 degree oven up and out of the stove because that seemed at the upper range of what someone would do.)

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Date: 11/23/13 4:51 PM

Potholders don't need insulbrite. As it crinkles when you move it around, you can tell that very few store-bought potholders have it in them. A couple of layers of medium to firm fabric, some cotton/wool/bamboo wadding (or a bit of old wool blanket), and quilting to hold it in place, is all that is needed (obviously with binding as well). Considering that chefs and mum's years ago, tend to use tea towels or the corner of an apron as an impromptu potholder, I think that we tend to over-engineer things.

Now, hot pads to protect a table surface? now there's a good use for insulbrite.

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Date: 11/23/13 5:55 PM

I hate that synthetic insulbright stuff! Potholders made with it don't mold to pot handles at all.

Wool is about the best insulator around for handling cookware, and if you have any wool lying around that you could wash and felt, it would make a tremendous insulation for cloth potholders.

My very best potholders, and the ones dh reaches for all the time, are simple squares of felted wool (from a thrift store sweater), unadorned except for a loop to hang them up. They are just single layer, and they behave exactly the way potholders are supposed to.

Here are some similar examples, made of two layers and serged on the edges (but felt doesn't ravel, so they don't even have to be finished).


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