I learned a lot on my trip to Gee’s Bend, some of it I’m sure I’m not even aware of yet. But at my first shot using what I know I learned, I made these Potholders. I’m calling them my Freedom Potholders because that was my first lesson. Letting go of control, not planning, and doing something I’ve never done before.
I used Mary Ann’s technique of starting out by just picking up two pieces of fabric that were the right size to sew together and sewing them together. Then I moved on from there, trying not to think about it too much, trying not to plan, but sewing one piece at a time.
Usually I cut up the pieces and lay them out on my table, I have it all planned out then sew them together. Doing it Mary Ann’s way, well, I think they’re kinda wild. You can see in the photo that the first one is more like my regular potholders, and how as I went along, I loosened up more and more.
I used a baggie of scraps that came from Laura Israel. All these wonderful, bright colors that I was not sure how to use before. Well, now I know. Thanks Mary Ann and thanks Laura. Oh these are fun to make!