Monday, December 2, 2013

2014 Calendar Kitchen Towels

First of all thanks to those that participated with me in the basket block from last week and posted blocks on Flickr.  Fat Quarter Shop will contact the winner.

I've had a few rough weeks here at the Hive.  I'm ending the year with an injury that has taken me off the sewing field.  I'm glad I've been ahead of the game this year in scoring my Christmas projects.  I've missed being able to do work on my projects but I do have an easy gift to show and tell.
Last year I purchased yardage of linen/cotton blend calendars for kitchen towels.  They make a great gift.  Everyone always needs a new kitchen towel.  So this year I decided to repeat my gift idea for 2014 calendar towels. I stacked some of the towels I bound by my sewing room window.  It is always nice to look outside while I sew here.
Every year Spoonflower has a contest where artists submit their designs to Spoonflower for fabric calendars.  I always vote and enjoy seeing the wide range of designs. It can be hard to pick a favorite.
One yard of calendar fabric gives you 4 calendars to cut apart and bind.  I find this project a very easy one to machine stitch my binding.
By pressing the the binding carefully I can stitch in the ditch and catch the binding in the back with a smooth and even stitch.
This is one of the towels I bought from Spoonflower.  I thought the houses and barns were a good design after making a barn quilt and making houses on various projects this year.
I found this British design very fun since the designer had much the same idea that I have had with my London quilt.  I really loved seeing her take on all things London.

-nanette

17 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh -- that British towel is fantastic. And perfect for you -- I hope you're keeping it!!! Also, I hope you're doing ok and that the rest of the year will be smooth sailing!!!

Lynn said...

Oh no an injury, I hope you are healing quickly. Cute towels I think the ones you've chosen out are perfect!

nettie said...

get well soon. I remember you did this last year, and I thought it was a great idea then, I might just do the same this year. So great!

Nedra said...

Oh no, an injury? Whats up? Not what you needed to end a challenging 2013. The dishtowels are darling, and good for you for being prepared so far ahead. My prayers are always with you my sweet friend :)

circle r motel said...

Love the dish towels. I still have mine from a couple years ago. For my next project I want to make this cat "throw"... Use up some more scraps. They just seem to multiply.

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Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh come on!!! How darling, what a super idea. You know I love the house and barns!!
Now you get better soon!

Quilt Monkey said...

Sorry to hear about your injury! I hope you are on the mend. I love this idea of calendar tea towels for gifts. I hopped over to Spoonflower to check them out. Question for you - which type of base fabric did you choose? I'm not sure which would be best to use for a tea towel... Thanks as always for your inspiring blog!

Muddling Through said...

Nanette, I am so sorry. That is no fun. But your kitchen towels look wonderful. I like those houses and barns! Hope you're all better soon.

Colleen said...

I did this last year too! I included the little command strip clips that you just push the edges up into so mom and my sister could hang them up. I also backed them pillow turn style. Gotta go order mine now!

Sandi said...

So sorry to hear that an injury has taken you off the "sewing field"! I love the designs that come out of Spoonflower. Keep telling myself I should do something with my designs and get some fabric printed. One day......yep, one day. :-)
The British-themed kitchen towel is adorable!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Cute towels! What a great gift idea.
Sorry your on the injured list. Hope you're feeling better and back at the sewing machine soon.

Kimberly :)

Eva patch said...

Hi !!! your kitchen towels are so wonderful. Good for you .

Pat said...

Sorry to hear you've had an injury and hope you are back to 100% soon. Love the towels you showed. As for machine binding....I still never catch it "just right" on the back and don't like how the stitching appears there when finished. :(

Sherri McConnell said...

Nanette...I hope you're doing okay! Is it time for your son to leave yet...I can't remember if he was going before Christmas, but it seems he was...thinking of you!

pratima said...

So sorry! Hope you are recovering from the injury!
Your tea towels are stunning! Take care, Nanette!

PamKittyMorning said...

Ohh that London one is divine! Hope you're back feeling tip top again soon. xo

Gregory Presley said...

Hi Nanette How are you. Hope you are ok with your injury. and your tea towels are outstanding