Suzy Fatzinger (who made the adorable baby hats in the last Pig Barn Show) sent me this picture of one of my first potholders and one of my most recent potholders.
I had only met Suzy once before, when she and her family showed up at a craft fair in Poultney VT where I was selling my quilts and my first potholders. We got along right away and our friendship has grown online.
I guess that was 2 years ago. It was my first batch of potholders. They didn’t have insulated batting, and I machine stitched them around the edge so I wouldn’t have to do any hand stitching. I remember I sold out (although Suzy said I gave her one for free and I guess it’s possible I gave others away, I don’t really remember). Then I found the potholder insulation, started hand stitching them closed and I haven’t stopped making them since.
My potholders have evolved and my free motion sewing machine took them in places I couldn’t have imagined back then. It’s kind of great to see these two together. Suzy called them cousins. I looked at them and thought “My how you’ve grown!”