I have never quilted anything before and so this was a really good small project to sample it on....and I absolutely loved it, there's something so unchallenging about ploughing up and down the lines that I'd marked out that I found it a very absorbing and restful activity. Yet again, my walking foot was the most wonderful sewing companion, even if it was a little noisy.
For the pattern I drew around some old, charred, oven gloves, but decided to adapt it a little as I didn't want binding on mine...which was a good thing as it's such a very tiresome thing to try and install nicely!
Anyway, as this post is about such a very domestic item, I feel it is the perfect opportunity to share with you a tip someone told to me recently, that delights me every time I try it. It involves a bottle of the deliciously scented Baby Oil and a fat roll of kitchen towel for all the fun to come. It appears that after years of slugging away over previous stainless steel ovens with various cleaning products and e-cloths, only to be left with smudges and dull patches, that actually, all that I really needed was the Baby Oil from the children's nursery. It is quite amazing. You just put a small amount on with some kitchen towel, wipe it around and it will get rid of any troublesome splats that may have leapt from the saucepan and leave the surface looking completely and evenly shiny, and it even leaves a light film that seems to repel pesky fingerprints. It also leaves me wanting to cuddle my oven and being happily transported back to my babies' early days. It is a very good thing indeed.