The churn dash pot holder I made a couple of weeks ago was a BIG hit when I gave it to my mother as a gift, such a big hit that she was reluctant to use it, thinking that it should really be hung somewhere in the kitchen as a decorative item. That’s nice, but they’re made to be used and my plan is that they should also wash well.
On the subject of washing, I always pre-wash and press my quilting fabrics before I start cutting. I don’t have the time or inclination to hand wash them so they go in the washing machine, sometimes in with a load of clothes on a delicate cycle and sometimes by themselves. In the latter case I usually pick a wool wash setting for less agitation and a gentle spin. If 100% cotton fabric can’t cope with machine washing that then that’s probably an excellent reason not to use it.
The list of potential recipients of pot holders grows each time I think about it and a small hand-made gift like this will be an excellent way to thank someone for past kindnesses or simply ‘just because.’
The picture shows that latest work in progress.The big 9 1/2 inch squares are the reverse side. I’ve chosen bold colours and prints because I like them and because pot holders get dipped in pizza sauce and all sorts of other delicious foods from time to time. I think it’s best to go with a relatively robust print that will withstand normal kitchen use.