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

6″x10″ Design Added for My Sunday Best Scripture

After numerous requests, I have added a design for the scripture in a single hooping using the 6″x 10″ hoop.  It will be slightly smaller but not that noticeable.  It was also determined that the full scripture would fit in the 6″ x 12″ hoop and I have updated the files to reflect that.  Sorry for the confusion and for leaving you 6″ x 10″ owners out :>)  

If you would like to purchase My Sunday Best pattern, please click HERE to go directly to my Etsy store.

 

 

 

I Have Too Many Samples….Who Wants This One?

To say I have a FEW totes lying around my house is a HUGE understatement!  Therefore, I am going to have a contest to give the sample shown below away to a good home.  If you would like to be entered into this contest, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post.  After September 30th, I will draw a lucky winner and mail this bag to you.  Simple, right?  You bet!  Easiest contest ever!

Back by popular demand

Due to the overwhelming response the Why Knot Tote Bag has received, I have decided to run the special of $5.00  for the pattern until Sunday night at midnight.  At that time, it will go up to the normal price of $8.00.  Thank you all so very much for your support.  I am thrilled you guys like the pattern.  Makes all my long hours and late nights of working on it worthwhile.  

If you haven’t purchased your Why Knot Tote Bag pattern yet, please click HERE to take you to my Etsy store to get it while it is at this reduced price.  

 

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