Saturday Morning Techniques was a class I taught monthly for more than 10 years. Always held on the last Saturday of the month, at 8 am (before the store opened) and it was free to anyone who wanted to get up to be there.
There was always a sewing technique or project involved, kits were prepared ahead of time, and if you brought back last month’s kit, completed, you got the current month’s free. We laughingly called it “Sewing Survivor”.
Well, it was time to move on……but sometimes I miss it. The challenge of coming up with a project, often at the last minute, when a “thunderbolt” came out of the sky and hit me with the idea. Really. Ask my oldest daughter. She saw it happen more than once.
Anyway, the thunderbolts still happen. Often. Still.
So these days we sew at the library in Trenton, on Tuesday afternoons. Lovely room; large tables, good light, and carpet on the floor. At the end of our Sewing Social afternoon, we set the room back up the way it was and pick the threads up off the floor.
Thunderbolt! Sure, we could bring little garbage bags, but…….THREAD CATCHERS! And, because the most popular download here on www.sewwhatyvette.com is the “Quilt-as-you-go-Hexagon-Hot-Pad, it became a hexagon shape.
- 1 piece for background 8 inches square
- 1 piece of fusible fleece 7 ¼ inches square
- 1 piece of quilt batting 7 ¼ inches square
- 6 pieces for the border 2 ½” x 4 ½, can all be the same fabric or use scraps, folded with wrong sides together to 1 ¼ x 4 ½” and pressed.
First trace patterns, (click) thread-catcher-pattern, one piece following the outer black line of the hexagon (A), and a separate one following the red outline (B). Also trace 1 of the small border piece.(C)
- Cut one background piece using pattern piece (A)
- Cut one piece of fusible fleece using pattern piece (B)
- Cut one piece of quilt batting using pattern piece (B)
- Cut 6 pieces on the fold for border using (C)
- Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the background, centering it, set aside.
- Open out the border pieces, and with ¼” seam allowance, sew with right sides together along the inverted “V’s”, pivoting at the inner point.
- Join them all to form a ring.
- Refold the ring with wrong sides together, flipping the seam allowances in opposite directions and pin to hold. Press lightly.
- Pin the border to the right side of the background piece, matching seams of the border to the points of the background, then sew all the way around using ¼” seam allowance.
- Trim off the “dog-ears”, turn to the right side, and press lightly.
- Stuff the quilt batting in under the border and there you have it, a thread catcher.
I tuck one edge under the right front edge of my sewing machine to hold it in place.
Do you like this? Would you like to make one? I’ve put the pattern and all the directions on a one-page PDF for your printing convenience, hexie-thread-catcher