Saturday, January 7, 2023

Project Quilting 14.1: The First One


I've had a love of hot, black coffee since I was a senior in high school. Working the early shift at 5:30 AM on weekends as a nursing assistant gave me no choice but to try downing the bitter liquid to get some caffeine running through my veins. It definitely took a while to get used to it, but it settled on me as my beverage of choice for first thing in the morning. 

It still does... 40+ years later!  

Nothing gets done before that first cuppa. Don't even talk to me! :)

I used Pat Sloan's free tutorial for Happy Everything Bonus Block 5 to make 2 potholders. 
Of course, they display a large coffee mug!

Pat's block is intended to be 12.5" square, but I cut mine down to 9.5", which works best for me as a potholder size. 

Insulbrite was used as the middle "batting" and will protect my hands from hot pans coming from the oven. 

My lines were marked with chalk in a grid-like fashion.

Alphabet letter fabric was my choice for binding. 
I usually read my email and news during that first cup of coffee in the morning, so I thought it was fitting.

Now I have 2 new potholders to show my love of coffee....the 1st order of the day! 

Thanks to Kim at Persimon Dreams and her partner Trish for giving us these great challenges for the 14th year! 


  1. Wonderful PQ 14.1 project. Love the choice of the alphabet fabric as the binding. Congrats on "the first one" finish.

  2. Great idea! I'm still working on finding the fastest, neatest way to bind potholders. My work still looks frumpy, esp on the back.

  3. these are adorable and so true for me as well.