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Topic: so, apparently my potholder is a nazi supporter...  (Read 24699 times)
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« on: November 09, 2007 06:35:36 PM »

well, i sat down today and said "i'm gonna quilt me a potholder." i've never done patchwork, i've never quilted, and i've never made a potholder, so this was quite an endeavor on my part.

i was inspired by the lovely Cacaphony of Candy Stripes quilt, which is awesomely awesome. i decided, however, that my pot holder didn't need to cover a twin bed, so made it 8" square, and only 4 blocks total. i cut, pieced, blahblah, finally finished, quilted it, and brought it out to show my husband...and he saw what i had totally missed the whole time:

it's a swastika!  Cry

i can't think of a single way to fix this. any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007 06:41:46 PM »

Appliqué covering the outer white strips. Or the middle ones. Cut some flowers out of a print or freehand and top stitch them on with raw edges. It would be best with cotton fabric so it doesn't melt when on a hot pan.

Besides the Nazi leanings, it's a great pot holder   Cheesy I hope it encourages you to quilt more!

Edited to add: Or add more white strips appliquéd on top of the outer blue edge so it looks like the blue is framed in the white.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2007 06:45:13 PM »

I just want you to know that it looks great, and that it isn't all that the swastika represents...... it's been around longer than the Nazi's


So don't worry! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2007 06:46:33 PM »

Hilarious! Cheesy

I saw the thumbnail on the front page and was like "uhh..."
Nice work, besides the nazi stuff  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007 06:54:26 PM »

OMG I feel your pain .
I had been playing around with a block pattern I had never used before
and sewed up a top for a twin size quilt . My family looked at and said it looks nice (guess they really didn't look either ) so I went ahead and quilted it all up . Just as I finish my father in law walks in and looks at it and says "Why in the heck did you put a swastika on that quilt "

Your pot holder is easy to fix .. just sew a binding on it in a different color . Other than the swastika it looks nice Smiley

Oh yeah make sure you use cotton fabric and cotton batting if you plan on actually using the pot holder ... poly fabrics and batting can catch fire easy and melt making for really nasty burns .( old ironing board covers make great pot holders to because they are made of heat resistant fabric)

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2007 07:03:26 PM »

I'd use some of the white fabric to bind the edges like mariposaluna said.  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2007 07:51:53 PM »

That's so funny! Not because of the Nazi thing, but because that is something like I would do. Wink

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2007 07:52:26 PM »

Ouch! It's beautiful craftsmanship, though.

I see someone gave you the link to wikipedia I found to comfort you...it's a "well-being" symbol over 3000 years old. It's still used in folk crafts in some parts of the world. It just got hi-jacked by a kook. Maybe you can help steal it back from the dark side?!

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2007 06:09:11 AM »

What about just appliquing something in the center square, like a heart or another square?

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2007 08:07:29 AM »

Isn't it "funny" how it's so easy to miss the forest for the trees?  Great pot holder still and there are lots of ways to un-swastika it.

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