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".
HINT: 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.