Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quilting Challenge week 4

I love my French Press coffee carafe.  I love the ease of using it, I love the way it tastes, I love how small the pot is and how portable it is...I just love it!!!!  Now I am making a insulated cozy to keep my coffee warm before I get to it.

I've been wanting to make one of these for myself for a while and this challenge has inspired me to make one this week.  I knew I wouldn't have much time to work making a larger quilt this week but I knew I had time to make this one.

First I measured my press from the bottom of the pot the the bottom of the handle and added 1", then I measured all the way around the pot and added 1"- note* if you do one add 2" long way since mine came out a little shorter than I needed to add velcro.  I cut out two pieces for my background - one sky blue for the outside and one lime green polkadot for the inside - this can be reversible if you wanted to have the other color out.

Then I wanted to make a sunrise with some cheery yellow scraps so I cut wedges out of about 12 pieces and stitched them together.  After ironing them I folded down the raw edge on the outside of the half circle 1/4" so I could applique it down onto my outside fabric.  I added a half round piece of cotton batting behind the sun piece to puff it out a little bit.

To applique it i laid it onto the blue fabric and put a decorative stitch around the rounded edge to make it look like the surface of the sun - well I thought it does.  Then I sewed both pieces together and after I turned it inside out, slid a piece of insulbrite between the top and bottom layers.  I put velcro on each side so I could close it around my carafe.  This is where I made it just a little too small and the velcro had to stick out the sides of my cozy.

After it was all together, I quilted it with some wavy stitches in bright yellow thread across my seams on the sun and through the middle areas and all the way to the edge of the blue sky fabric.  The yellow kinda ties all the pieces together.

Voila, my French Press has a cozy.  I used it this morning and my coffee was still a little warm after an hour in the pot.