I was once told by an elderly German woman that the secret to good potato salad is that you add your vinegar to the potatoes when they are still hot. The Martha Stewart's recipe that I used suggests this also. That is one reason why I didn't make it very often - that part is a chore. If you have ever wondered where the phrase "hot potato" came from - I'm sure it is somehow related to making potato salad. There were juggled and dropped potatoes in my past. Kitchen towels were used, as were paper towels. I don't recommend those. Messy.
Imagine my delight when I discovered a new way to make potato salad. AND it's a quilting tool that came to the rescue! I used these......
Yes, rotary cutting gloves. I bought these (I have 2) a few years ago when I was demonstrating rotary cutting to a group of people - that included children. I wanted to be a responsible adult and use the gloves that prevented you from cutting yourself. After that demo I tried to use the gloves in my own quilt making. I found them cumbersome, and quite frankly, just another thing to clutter up the cutting table. I know. Bad quilter. I just try to be careful with my cutter and so far - //knocks on wood// - no problem. The gloves found their way to a box in the quilting room. A few years ago when I was juggling and dropping potatoes in the sink trying to make potato salad, I remembered them. I ran them through the washer and dryer and made a batch the next day - BRAVA! No burnt hands and the little grippy dots on the glove hold the potato like a vise while you CUT THE POTATOES IN YOUR HAND! The rotary cutting gloves now get thrown in the wash after each use and now live in the kitchen drawer.
My apologies to all you safety minded quilters.
Have you ever used a quilting tool for another use? Have you ever used an unconventional tool in making your quilts? Can you tell us please? Just make a comment about it here before Midnight Wednesday May 29th and you could get a copy of our new book - Quilts and Rugs....
I'll be spending the afternoon adding the next border on to my Mrs. Billings quilt. Pictures soon.