I signed up for Malka’s potholder swap and was paired with Kathy in Montana. This is Kathy’s first swap so I wanted her pot holders to be really good.
Since Kathy reported having six inches of snow on the ground, I chose warm, tropical batiks for contrast. These colors might look a bit too sherbet-y. I paper pieced the flying geese pot holder and made every mistake in my How Not to Paper Piece post at least once.
The batting I used is heat-resistant Insul-Brite. The directions say to put the shiny side of the product toward the heat source. But who stops to consider which side of the pot holder the Insul-Brite is facing when they go to retrieve a hot dish?
To get around this problem, I quilted the front and back to separate pieces of the batting, both shiny side out. Then laid them back to back (batting to batting) with a little wonder under in between and fused the whole sandwich with the iron. The binding was applied just like regular quilt binding. Now both sides are heat resistant and Kathy’s hands are safe.