Alexander Henry Apples and Pears Potholders

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Here are the potholders that I sent out for the Potholder Pass. I drew Lydia’s name. I hadn’t “met” her before so I checked her blog and her flickr choices. Of the potholders that she chose to show her partner for inspiration, there were two using the Alexander Henry Apples and Pears print and one with a large apple applique. She had asked me to use dark brown paired with other colors. She specifically mentioned red and yellow as possibilities.

Taking these things into consideration, I decided to use the Apples and Pears material to back the potholders and to create an applique inspired by the red and pink pear on the material for the front of the potholders. I made the appliques mirror images of each other just to make the two potholders a little bit different from each other. I freemotion quilted around the pears and then bound the potholders with a dark brown polka dot. I really like polka dot binding. I added the hanger with buttons as a fun little detail.

I used two layers of Thermolam inside the potholders and they feel nice and thick. I am sure that they will hold up to the heat of a pan.
Lydia wrote to me today to let me know that she had received them and that they match her kitchen perfectly. I was happy to hear that! I had fun making them and picturing the kitchen where they would be living as I sewed.