Friday, November 16, 2012

Little Tiny Quilts

Theoretically, hotpads should be made with dark materials and minimal time; they are kitchen workhorses and soon my cast iron pans ingrain them with dark smudges and grease.

I was experimenting with handquilting using perle cotton.  I enjoyed the process and I like the results!
But I keep making and selling hotpads lavished with design and time.  What am I doing? 

I finally realized that I am making little tiny quilts because I keep playing with patchwork, quilting styles, and color.  I get a patchwork idea and I want to try it out immediately, not trudge through the full-scale quilt process (I do love making big quilts, too, and I've got one on the go with two more queued behind it).

So when I completed this last set of hotpads, I put them in my etsy shop differently.  I photographed them as a group, although I'm selling them singly.  I called them art quilts.  I recommended them as nursery decor.  It's an experiment and I'm curious to see how it turns out.

Almost as curious as I am about playing with navy in the next round of hotpads/mini quilts. . .

(linking up with the Make Eat Grow blog hop)


ChatterBlossom said...

This is such a cute idea and I love that you like to play with these patchwork designs. Super cute idea for a nursery.

Sew Blessed Maw said...

Super cute.. And love the nursery idea. You could do baby and kid print fabrics..oh so cute!!!
I love them hanging on the wall. These are beautiful..Too pretty to use as hot pads.ha
Have a nice day.

Sarah Barry said...

just lovely.

Lisa said...

A very charming, colorful and inexpensive way to decorate a wall.

nancy said...

Love the colors and designs! You could also sew the 4 together for a mini quilt that's bigger...

jenny_o said...

Mini-quilts - yes!

Very pretty.

Roxie700 said...

Why not market them in a set of 4 (for a better price) as drink coasters.
I have some a dear friend made me years ago. (she is gone to heaven now) I love to use them and remember her and I drinking our tea together.


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