Life is crazy when you are a mom. When I just had 2 kids, for the most part I felt I could get things done. I don’t know if it is age or adding the third kid, but my energy levels are just not what they used to be. When I finally get all my kids in bed I am SO tired! I absolutely have no energy to do anything other than sit and either watch or read something. So all of that no-kid productive time is, well, no longer productive at all.
Thus, the slower pace of my sewing/blog projects. If you haven’t noticed.
It is really frustrating because I have all of these ideas and they roam around in my head and I think about them all the time. But I only have bits and pieces of daytime hours to actually do anything about them. B still takes 2 naps but she is at the age where I can’t really accomplish anything while she is awake so these nap times are when I help A practice piano, do learning activities, exercise, clean, or take a minute to myself. Sewing seems to be becoming a rare occurrence. Which is not good. I am determined to figure out a way to fit it in at least a couple naptimes a week. One way to do this, and feel successful is to mix in some quick and easy projects.
Last week I decided to make something totally different than usual. We recently became part of Anna Griffin/Blend Fabrics design team. Check them out on FB here. We are so excited to be working with them to showcase some of their fun fabric. The line I chose to work with is called Tea Garden by Molly Hatch.
It is perfect for kitchen projects. When I saw these fun prints, I immediately thought of making kitchen towels using this method. Even better, why not pieced and quilted? It was a fun exercise for me, and I am NOT a quilter.
I used an existing kitchen towel for the finished measurement and used graph paper to design a couple of simple patterns. I wanted these to be a quick project, but if you use this idea you could go as complex as you like. (Hexis?) I also left the centers large to showcase the main fabrics.
I stitched the tops together, and backed it with cotton chenille which I just love. (This is now hard to find but I included an affiliate link to amazon where I bought mine.) Then I started my “quilting.” Ha! I stitched in the ditch around the pieces. Then I drew 1″ lines down the center piece. I used a wavy stitch on my sewing machine set at the largest sizes, and sewed down the lines. This was after I realized I needed a quilting or darning foot for free motion and I don’t have one. But using that wavy stitch turned out really cute! And so so easy.
I’ve put together a tutorial for you with measurements:
Quilted Kitchen Towel Tutorial
Materials: Less than 1/2 yard total fabrics (Scraps are great!), cotton chenille for back
1. Cut your fabric. For the smaller strips, you will cut 2 of each, and only one for the center.
For the simple design (2nd pattern down) just sew the strips together, right sides together with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open.
2. For the more complex design, sew the longer strips on as shown, right sides together, using 1/2″ seam allowance.
3. Press seam open but stop where the excess fabric hangs off.
4. With right sides together, stitch the shorter strips as shown. Stop 1/2″ before the end where it meets the longer strip of fabric.
5. Press your seams open. Stitch the last seam as if you were finishing up the seam with the longer strip. Repeat for the second side.
7. Lay your towel top onto your cotton chenille and cut the chenille the same size.
8. Pin or clip around, right sides together and stitch all around with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave several inches open for turning. Turn and topstitch all around, 1/4″ from edge. Stitch in the ditch and quilt the center how you like.