Now I Can Show You This…….

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  Mine was especially nice this year.  I got to spend precious time with my parents and grandparents.  The older we all get, the more I realize, that time with family is better than any present anyone could give me!  Although Santa must read my blog because he brought me the Lil’ Twister Ruler I wanted too :>)

I normally make gifts for my friends and family at Christmas, but this year my time was at a premium and I was only able to complete a couple of gifts.  Now that Christmas is over I can share them with you.  They are both Kitchen Quilts.  They are super quick and easy to make and require no real pattern(all a big plus for me).  BTW, this was not my idea, this was shown to me several months ago by my friend, Mitzy, and I have kept it in my back pocket to make as a surprise for my Mom for Christmas.

Here’s how I did it (sorry no step by step pictures like normal because this is so easy you don’t need pictures):

I took a bath towel and cut it in half (you could even use a kitchen towel or a hand towel if you wanted).  Then I began playing with fabric and deciding how I wanted the front to look.  As I have told you, I am not a “real quilter” but I did want it to resemble a quilt since, after all,  it is called a Kitchen Quilt :>)  So I found a piece of focus fabric that I knew my Mother would love and cut a piece about 12″ x 22″ for the left hand side.  Then I added  two companion fabrics and made a checkerboard for the right side, cutting the strips to 2 1/2″ each.  I added the machine applique flowers (because a little embroidery never hurt any project, right?) to match the fabric on the left side to tie it all together.

Once I had the quilt top pieced,  I placed it and the towel, right sides together and stitched with a 1/2″ seam allowance around all the edges, leaving about a 6″ hole for turning.  I then machine quilted the two pieces together using invisible thread (my favorite).  I closed the opening, once the quilting was complete, by top stitching around the quilt.  See Easy Peasy!  The total finished size was approximately 19″ x 21″.  

Kitchen Quilt 2012 IMG_4611

 SewMichelle's HINTHINT:  Pre-wash both your towel (pre-cut) and fabrics.

In this next Kitchen Quilt, I didn’t add any embroidery (shocker I know).  I chose to use a Loralie panel (have too many of those I need to use up) and piece some companion strips together instead.  It is a little smaller, approximately 18″ x 19″ but just as cute.  This would be a great project for a house warming gift or as a present to yourself to spruce up your kitchen counter when doing dishes.  It will also help you use up some of that fabric stash:>)

Thanks Mitzy for the Kitchen Quilt idea.  It was a big hit with my Mom.  If you make a Kitchen Quilt of your own, please email me a picture so I can share it with everyone for inspiration at SewMichelle@outlook.com.  

Loralie Kitchen Quilt by SewMichelle

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 10:19:29

    I really like this. Is it used to dry dishes on? Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

  2. heyjude1003
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 14:47:29

    Hey gf, you did good on the Kitchen Quilt. I bet your mom loved it.

    Reply

  3. Bonnie Welsh
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 11:43:05

    Way cute! Thanks for the tips and great inspiration!

    Reply

  4. Gale Leonard
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 08:38:33

    Michelle, This is adorable and gets the creative juices flowing. I’m going to use this idea to make my grandchildren beach quilts by using a beach towels. I’ll send a photo as soon as I finish one. thanks for sharing Mitzy’s idea and your talents. Gale

    Reply

  5. tarabrose@facebook.com
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 00:20:20

    Michelle, how beautiful!!! You did such a beautiful job!!!!

    Reply

    • sewmichelle
      Dec 27, 2012 @ 08:51:29

      Thank you! It was really fun to make. I think I MIGHT be catching the quilting fever…….maybe just small quilts for me. I don’t have the patience to make a big one :>)

      Reply

  6. Chrissy
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 22:47:56

    Looks like a Mother’s Day gift waiting to happen.
    Thanks for the terrific idea.
    Chrissy

    Reply

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