Whitney, an uber-talented sewist and one that I missed by moments, I am told, at my brief foray into Sewing Summit (I was the babysitter, remember...)
Many years ago, my sister made me a casserole carrier along the lines of the one above. She used double sided quilted fabric. It has gone with me to every pot luck and compassionate service assignment for at least 25 years! It has been well used and well loved. And still looks pretty good for all the wear it has received over the years (even if it does look a little 70's).
And so I set out to create my own. I've made a few of these over the years, but they have all used the double-sided quilted fabric you can buy. I wanted this one to be different. It was also a good chance to use my EZ Dresden template. I've been wanting to use it since the SLMQG issued their challenge last summer. Alas, I'm too late for the prizes, but what the hey! I used two layers of batting so it would be extra puffy and keep foods nice and toasty warm. I also made it a little bigger than the original. Sticking a 9x13 pan in mine is kind of a stretch. Cynthia should have no problem fitting a large pan (round or oblong) into this carrier.
I think I may make several of these casserole carriers for Christmas, and may even do a tutorial if anyone is interested. They're pretty fun to make, and I really like the Dresden design. I may even try a scrappy Dresden, if I do it again. Or, create a patchwork block and then cut it to shape and size. I think the variations are as endless as your imagination.
1-hour tote with Aneela's Crazy Scrappy Blocks for the pocket, and no batting, so you can use it for a grocery tote. I added a string and some velcro, so you can roll it up and tuck it in your purse so you always have a bag when you shop. I must have a dozen fabric grocery totes, but somehow they never make it into the store with me. I made some crochet dish cloths and decorated a dish towel and sent it off in the mail.
Cynthia has already received it, and said she liked it.
I guess I can call that a successful swap.
Can't wait to see what my partner has made for me.