Scattered Dots Tutorial

Amy Friendquilting, tutorial21 Comments

I was asked for a tutorial for these potholders, which gave me the perfect excuse to make this:
I took pictures along the way.
Here goes.
First, you will need to decide on your dimensions. The potholders were roughly 7″ square. The mini quilt is 14″ square.
In both cases, I chose a solid for the background. I used a Kona gray solid for the potholders and linen for the mini. The outermost strips are cut 2 1/2″ wide. All other strips are 1 1/2″ wide. In this case, they are 14″ long.
Then I cut my colored strips 3/4″ wide by 14″ long.
I traced my spool of thread onto the backside of my material to create the “dots.” If you don’t have a spool handy, the dots are 1 1/4″ diameter.
You should now have all your dots, colored strips and solid strips.
Line them up so that they are ready to sew and you won’t make a mistake with the order. Stitch from left to right using a scant 1/4″ seam.
I found it best to iron my seams toward the solid fabric as shown.
Then I cut stitch witchery to the same size as the colored dots, fiddled with their “random” placement until I was satisfied, and adhered them in place. Next I used a tight, narrow zigzag to applique. It is important to find a good match with your thread so that the stitching virtually disappears. These dots could be made in countless ways; this is just the method that I used.
Now you are ready to make your quilt sandwich. I quilted an 1/8″ away from the strips and dots. Then bind and you are done.
I hope you have fun with this. I have other variations in mind that I hope to try sometime soon.