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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And….Why Knot?

I have been hard at work on my latest tote bag pattern, Why Knot?

This adorable bag measures  16 ½” wide x 12 ½” tall, 6” deep, making it the perfect size to carry all your goodies.  My construction technique makes it sturdy (no slouchy bags for me) and stylish with its unique shape.

I have taken away the scare of zippers by not including any on this pattern.  But we still need the pocket in our bag, right?  Well, I added a pleated pocket to the inside instead.

Plus, two additional pleated pockets on the outside for easy access storage to hold your cell phone and keys.  

Did you also notice the expandable sides with the magnetic snaps?

As always, my pattern includes step by step instructions with lots of pictures to guide you in making your own Why Knot Tote Bag.  I have also included my Sewnopsis with this pattern that will serve as your cheat sheet and save you lots of time by not having to run to and from the computer to see what step is next.  I have been told by customers that this is one of their favorite part of my patterns.  

If you would like to purchase my Why Knot? Tote Bag, please click HERE to visit my Etsy store.  

For the first 10 customers, this pattern will be $5.00.  After those ten have sold, the pattern will return to its normal price of $8.00.

 

Free Spiral Notebook Cover Pattern

I know I said I would post this tutorial on Tuesday, but I can’t wait any longer.  I am getting excited about teaching this at Martha Pullen in Arlington, TX in a few days and I wanted to share it with you so here it is. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.  You can add so many cute embellishments and embroidery designs to make each one unique.  Enjoy!

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