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Welcome Kris Poor- our guest blogger!

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Today my quilty friend Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs, is posting on the Seams Like a Dream blog about her newest pattern, Wine Cooler. Kris has really fun patterns and this new one is a winner!

Kris shares the pattern details, some tips and a contest:


“Hi! I’m Kris Poor and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger today on Seams Like a Dream blog! I like to design small projects for home dec and gift giving, with some quilt designs sprinkled in! As Kate said, I am talking about my new wine tote pattern, Wine Cooler. Sometimes you know that giving something handmade will be appreciated – Wine Cooler is both functional and sophisticated.


We’ll be debuting the pattern at Quilt Market in Houston. It’s a wine tote with small handles and a cover to keep chilled wines at their chilly best! The handles slip through an opening at the top and top stays closed with the help of a small piece of velcro.


OK – I know there are tons of Wine Tote bag patterns out there – this one features a product called ThermoFoam. ThermoFoam is a dense fusible polyester foam with a heat reflective, metallized film laminated to one side. What is that supposed to mean? It means that it’s a thin sheet of foam with fusible on one side and “foil” on the other.  Heat reflection takes the heat (or chill) of the object inside, and directs it back to that object. The added bonus of this material is that it needs no lining for this project! Take a look inside the Wine Cooler:





The shiny material that you can see on the flap and inside the tote is ThermoFoam.






Let’s talk about using new materials – the key to your success is reading the instructions that are supplied with it and testing, testing, testing.

Everyone’s iron and fabric is different, so the instructions provide you with a starting point, then you have to find out what’s going to work for you. Just cut a small square of ThermoFoam and your project fabric and then…test!


My Tips for ThermoFoam:

  • Use a damp press cloth
  • Overlap when you fuse
  • Use a Microtex Sharp 80 needle


So, if you are in the mood to make a few gifts ahead (I wish I were like you), this pattern is for you. Each Wine Cooler uses 2 fat quarters; you can make 3 Wine Coolers from a single package of ThermoFoam. Wow! Are you ready to get started? Of course, you’ll need to visit your local Wine Shop to get some interesting bottles (one for yourself, as a reward!!)


You can enter my contest to win a pattern and a package of ThermoFoam here – “like” Poorhouse Quilt Designs facebook page through the link below and you will be entered!

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Giveaway is open until Oct 9th.

happy quilting!




12 thoughts on “Welcome Kris Poor- our guest blogger!”

  1. This solves my problem of what to make for my wine connoisseur son-in-law! I already have the fabric stashed and hope I win the pattern. It looks terrific!!

  2. Thanks for letting me know about Thermofoam. That sounds like a great product and a perfect fit for your pattern.

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