Quilted Potholders with Inside-Out Quilting Technique
Thickly quilted with scraps from retired dish towels, these pot holders can take the heat.
Source: Martha Stewart
Start with a 3 1/2-inch square and continue by adding 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. Sew your three layers together using the inside-out method, and add a grosgrain ribbon tab when you stitch the square closed. Quilt through all three layers along the seams, with contrasting thread.
Place front and back fabrics, right sides together, on work surface (front fabric on the bottom); top with batting. For larger pieces, pin edges.
Using a sewing machine, sew around edges of the 3 layers with a 1/4- to 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving an opening on 1 side. Clip corners on the diagonal. Turn the piece right side out. Use a point turner or other blunt tool to push corners into shape from the inside.
Stitch the opening closed by hand. If you like, insert a loop of ribbon first for projects such as pot holders.
For topstitching, we use a method known as "stitch in the ditch." This involves stitching along the piecework seams. Make a running stitch along the seams, stitching through all the layers of fabric. Or use a sewing machine. With either technique, you can use a contrasting color or one that blends in.