Saturday, February 18, 2017

Microwave Bowl Cozy -- RSC17

I used this YouTube video.  It's a video a little over eight minutes long.  I also used a 15" base for a start.  It's a nice size that fits all the bowls we use.

If you're not into YouTube, I found this free pattern.  Both are similar, but the one in the YouTube video is the one I made and fits all my bowls, starting with a 15" square.  The one in the free pattern would just fit my soup bowls because it starts with a 10" square.  This could be a fun project to use orphan blocks!

It fits the big soup bowl:

I live a little over an hour from the Fiesta pottery is made.  You can see their site here.  It's also conveniently located right down the street from Mountaineer Casino (and dog track).  I try to go there for a play day about once or twice a year.

It fits my shallow bowl that we usually use for things like pasta.

You can see where I just did some crop circle quilting (what I call it) in the middle of the cozy.  Neither the pattern or the video call for this type of quilting, but I thought it would lay nice and flat...and it's fun, easy, and fast to do.

Because of my recent bout with Bells Palsy on 2.11.17, I am eating a lot of soups, liquids, and drinks.  I started this new project because I "had" to.  I made a little microwave bowl cozy.  It fits my soup bowl too.  I may have to make one with a 10" starter block.  That would be perfect for this project.

It fits little Mr. Sunshine's pizza plate.  As soon as he saw my new microwave cozy he wanted one!  Seriously, a kid that wants a microwave cozy.  Of course I LOVE this kid!  I'll have to look through the novelty fabric for him the next time I make it to the quilting room.
But look, there's more.  I knew with him wanting to use it that I would never get to use it.  I put more scraps together and made a custom sized one for the soup bowl size I use most. This one I customized to make so that it would fit the bowl.  I added just a quarter inch for the darts on the sides and started with a 10.5" block.  Look how much more the bowl stands up being a smaller block and wider darts:
So, these are the first two projects started this year that were NOT on my UFO list -- but they are finished!    I didn't add to the WIP list and I have a fun, new, functional kitchen item.
After I made them I went back and added loops to hang them.  I didn't want them to get shoved to the back of the kitchen drawer and not be used.  My sister-in-law hasn't seen them yet.  I bet she will love them.  I especially love the one on the left in the photo below.  I will most likely need to make more of that size.  All were done in the colors this month for the RSC17. 

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday.
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Also linking up at SheCanSew for Show Off Saturday.  The linky party is here.


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

These are great! I made a nesting set awhile back. Love them

Needled Mom said...

That is such a great idea and looks so pretty too.

Deb A said...

Love your bowls! Sounds like you are doing much more than I was able to when I had Bells.

Unknown said...

I've been wanting to make one of these! awesome!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for sharing the tutorials! This is exactly what I want to make. ~smile~

Erik Maurer said...

Very good written article. It will be supportive to anyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – can’r wait to read more posts.