Happy fourth week of Advent! It’s a pretty short week – Christmas is almost here. We’ve also reached the end of the pot holders. Somehow a full week of pot holders seems fitting.
This final set of pot holders is for my Aunt D and my Uncle S. Aunt D loves bees and the whole idea of making the pot holders came from an idea I had to make her two pot holders, one with a bee hive on it and one with a bee on it. I scrapped the bee hive idea and instead made one pot holder that I hand quilted a bee onto, and another pot holder in a blue and yellow print. Aunt D uses those colors in her home decor so I thought it would match. I’ve saved this post for last because I only finished the hand quilting on the bee on Wednesday or Thursday and I didn’t actually finish the pot holder until Friday. I was going to split it into two posts, but I’ve been trying to do a longer post each Sunday and I figured we can have an extra long post on our last Sunday.
Here are the fabrics I started with. I think I mentioned at some point that I had intended to make little loops for hanging the pot holders out of ribbon, hence the ribbon in the picture below. (I later discarded the idea.)
I’ve marked out the bumble bee in silver pencil. You may note that the final design differs slightly; when I described it to Z, he felt very strongly that a bee should have a stinger, so I added a small stinger, as well as antennae, none of which appear in my drawing. It’s obviously not a very accurately drawn bee, but I think it’s cute.
For the blue and yellow print, I originally chose the same crisscrossing design I’d used on some of the others. You’ll see later that I changed this design slightly, too.
I chose a royal blue thread for the blue and yellow print.
At this point, I decided that the royal blue looked navy. (You may remember that I felt the same way making T and B’s pot holders.) I switched threads to a brighter blue that matched the print better. I also changed my design slightly. I don’t know if it shows up in the picture, but I decided that rather than using the crisscrossing pattern, I would quilt the square on point that the pattern had created at the center of the pot holder. I then drew lines where the on-point square hit the big X, making another square inside the square on point.
Those are my Yankee pajama pants (and feet) in the background.
I did the machine quilting with the lighter thread in one continuous movement. I would do the square on point, then the inner square, then the square on point, then the inner square, all the way around twice. I think you can see what I mean in the picture.
Here’s all the quilting done:
Now, the bee:
Here’s the little stinger. I made it very small on purpose. I wanted it to be cute, not threatening.
The finished bee:
I added the strap:
Finally, all of the pot holders are finished!