If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, I'm no quilter. Oh, I come from a long line of quilters, and I still marvel at the intricacy of quilts my great grandmother created generations ago. But I've always been more of a garment girl.
However, when you work at an office that is staffed with devout quilters from sister magazines, it tends to rub off. Somehow, some way, I ended up with a batch of pieced quilting squares and a roll of matching bias binding.
They weren't my squares, and I honestly can't recall how they came into my possession, but there they were sitting in my office. No doubt, they were the by-product of some, "Let's Make a Quilt!" bonanza that took place when someone got married, had a baby, or moved on for greener pastures. We tend to make quilts around here when things like that happen.
I tried to assemble the squares into a semblance of a quilt, to see if I could solve the puzzle of what they were meant to be. But there wasn't enough binding and the squares were too mismatched. Maybe these were the leftovers of two different quilt projects? Big mystery.
I puzzled and fiddled for quite some time until I figured out that I had an even number of sets of matching squares. Then, I dug out some heat-resistant batting that I had stashed away.
I ciphered that I had exactly enough matching pieces and binding to make several quilted potholders. It was a very exciting moment, because I hate to see anything, especially several carefully pieced squares, go to waste (which was the reason I assume I had rescued them in the first place.)
It looks like several of my family members will be getting potholders for the holidays. And who doesn't love a potholder?
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Have you rescued an abandoned project and reworked it? I would love to know.