I was excited to make some potholders this morning. I got to my studio and started looking around at all the fabric in my stash waiting for something to inspire me.
I’d been thinking about it, running through the fabric I know I have in my mind. But I didn’t have any ideas till I spotted the yellow and white checked fabric with red cherries and little flowers.
It just grabbed me.
I’ve always loved red and yellow together. I still remember a drawing I did in elementary school with a red and yellow pinwheel. Even though I chose the colors, seeing how they worked together surprised me. It was the early 1970’s and they seemed kind of old-fashioned to me. But still, there was something about them that I liked.
And I still do. So much that I have this postcard of Gee’s Bend Quilter Arlonzia Pettway’s quilt hanging in my studio.
It was when I was searching for more fabric to go with the yellow and red print that I found the linen towel with the silhouettes of kitchenware along the border.
The details long faded I got the idea to do a little drawing of my own on the little teapots jello molds, and sugar bowls.
I had no idea what some of the silhouettes were supposed to be. And some that I did know still weren’t recognizable even after I stitched on them (my fault for not doing a good job).
But I made enough to get a good start on some potholders.