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

Fancy Fabric Folders FREEBIE!!!!

Fancy File Folders by SewMichelle

Its CRUNCH TIME!  If you need a quick gift, click HERE to check out my Fancy Fabric Folders.  Fancy File Folders by SewMichelle

Secrets of Embroidery has the file available as an instant download on their site.  All you have to do is click on the picture at the bottom of  their page and it will automatically download to your computer.  You can personalize the folders with the applique machine embroidery designs that are included with the free pattern.  Don’t have an embroidery machine?  No problem.  I have added a PDF and a JPEG file with each letter so you can personalize them too using a regular sewing machine and a zig zag stitch on the edges.  The folders are even cute without embroidery.   The free pattern includes instructions for covering a matching spiral notebook too.  Fancy Fabric Folders without embroidery by SewMichelle

 I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Enjoy!!!  

Congratulations to Emmaleigh!

Lana has been teaching her 12 year old twin girls and their friends how to sew.  They have been working on things the girls can use to make it fun for them to learn.    One of her students, Emmaleigh Dunston, made a spiral notebook cover from my tutorial and entered it into the State Fair of Texas and WON A RIBBON!  I have to say it is the prettiest notebook cover I have EVER seen Emmaleigh!  I love your choice of fabric and the way you embellished it with buttons is just adorable.  I am so proud of you!  Please keep up the good work.

Lana, you have done a fantastic job teaching these young girls to sew.  Thank you for taking the time to  pass the love of sewing down to our younger generation and for sending this picture to me.  It really touched my heart.

Screen Cosmetic Bag Tutorial

I told someone that I would get a tutorial out on using the pet screen to make this tote bag many months ago and I feel terrible that I haven’t done it yet!  It’s too complicated to go into the reasons why it is taking me so long, but I thought I would give you the screen cosmetic bag to try and make up for it…..so Tara, this one is for you :>)

You can find the instructions under the tutorial tab at the top ~ Enjoy!!

My new addiction……

I saw a post on Happy Zombie and Bee in my Bonnet about these adorable drawstring lunch bags and how they were addicting to make and thought I needed to  see for myself.  Well…..I have to agree!  I LOVE making these adorable bags and I can’t stop thinking about all the possibilities.  The pattern is super easy (you can find it here at Pink Penguin.com)and a great way to use up some fabric stash.  Here are just a few I have made so far.  I don’t know if I would use them as lunch bags but they do make precious gift bags – kind a 2-fer present :>)  I am working on enlarging the pattern so I can use it to hold more stuff of course!  I will let you know as soon as I come up with “working” dimensions. 

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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