The 2nd link on Whoop Whoop Friday was a beautiful plus quilt by Linda at A Maiden Hair Fern. She also included a giveaway in her post for 2 Mistletoe Lane mini charm packs by Moda for which I entered a comment to win (more about this on Sunday).
I scrolled down a couple of posts to find an adorable Christmas tree wall hanging made from the Trees pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts. I had that pattern! Remember when Amanda Jean celebrated her 250th quilt back in September and generously gave a free pattern to those commenting? Trees was the pattern I chose. I thought it would be great made from the Blueberry Park in Pickle I had recently received in a giveaway by Robert Kaufman and blogged about in Sunday Stash #1.
It rained most all day and was difficult to take photographs, but in downtown Easley I took a few under a very cloudy sky.
|Christmas Tree on brick building downtown Easley, SC|
|Christmas Tree with fountain in the background|
|Binding in proccss|
- Finished size: 13" x 20 1/2"
- Fabrics: Libs Stitches in Pickle from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis, mfg. Robert Kaufman; Woodgrain in Bark from Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry, mfg. Free Free Spirit; Kona Cotton in white for background; and Sasparilla Check in red from October Afternoon, mfg. Riley Blake for binding
- Backing: White on white small flower
- Batting: Warm & White
- Thread: Aurifil 2024 for piecing and quilting
- Quilting: 1/2 " straight line quilting with walking foot
Banded Kitchen Towels
Linda had also adorned some dish towels using Amanda Jeans's simple patchwork dish towel tutorial. Wanting to make some with a Christmas theme for a couple of gifts, I looked through my stash, but did not have enough coordinating prints. I settled on a single print of red with white snowflakes, the same I used for the backing of the The Greatest Gift. I sewed a single band of fabric to the towels using my walking foot and it worked wonderfully. The band was cut 3" wide and finished 2 1/2" when the raw edge was turned under 1/4" on each side.
|Banded kitchen towels hanging on the oven door|
I measured the width of the first towel and cut my band to fit allowing for turning under the edge. I proceeded to cut bands for 3 more towels using the same measurement. Mistake! The towels were not the same width. I did prewash the towels, but they should have shrunk the same. You can see below where the bands do not quite go to the edge, but I did not want to recut them. I had to tell myself, "It's just a kitchen towel, it will be fine." I normally purchase these all-purpose towels from Williams-Sonoma when I applique them for brides' gifts. But I was not about to make a trip to the mall this close to Christmas, so I purchased these by Better Homes and Gardens from the closer big box store.
|Uneven bands due to different towel widths|
|Banded kitchen towels ready for wrapping|
The towels have now been gifted to two friends and plans are underway for more! Thank you Amanda Jean and Linda for the inspiration!
I am linking up to Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Link-A-Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Finish It Up Friday and Show Off Saturday.