Friday, March 11, 2011

Stitching and Quilting!



Welcome to my first post as a Guest Blogger. 
My name is Debbie and my blog is Busy as can be  
I am so excited to share with you today but when I sat down to do this post I couldn't decide where to begin ...should I share quilting, stitching or cooking....hummm....I think I will show you my favorite thing to make.... drum roll...
Dish Towels!!
The reason I love to make these is because they are quick and easy for gifts.
There are so many ways to give them.
Example :
1- Dish towel, wooden spoon tied with a bow and a recipe.
2-Dish towel, wooden spoon tied with a bow and a recipe and a fun baking dish or cookie sheet.
3-Dish towel, pie server, pie pan and recipe.
4- Dish towel tied with pretty ribbon to  Box mix with recipe.
I could go on....I can make a dish towel for any occasion.
And when ever I give these  everyone always love to get them and thinks of them as little works of art! LOL I love it because they are so easy.  So lets get started.....


I like to iron the dish towel before I begin and fold in half and press the edge to find middle. And I use Mary Ellen's spray starch ...it smells so good.
Then gather your supplies....
dish towel (I love flour sacks)
Fusible interfacing
hoop
scissors
floss and needle


Cut the interfacing the size of the pattern.


Take and lay the bumpy side to the wrong side of the dish towel in the middle and iron down.


Next use a light box or a window in the daytime to trace the pattern,
I lay the pattern facing up and then the dish towel. You will be tracing on the right side (top) of the dish towel.


Put in a hoop, thread your needle and stitch.


Now to make this even more fun if you come over to my blog for a free pattern.
Please leave me a comment here and then visit me at my blog
sew I can share with you my pattern...

                                                         My Blog has the pattern!
This Pattern is called "Easy Cooking" And it is so easy to stitch. So stop by and find out how to get a free pattern.

Here are a few more of my dish towels.


This one I gave away in a water can.


I like to mix things up by doing applique and stitching.


This one was so easy I ironed it on with Heat N Bond and stitched the edges.



This is more for the quilter in me no stitching....but YoYo's ...I love YoYo's!


This one I used Heat N Bond for the pickles and top, stitched the jar and did the lettering with iron on paper (reversed). This Pattern is one from my friend Lori Holt's Family Reunion Quilt. I always find patterns from quilt patterns.


This pattern is one of mine and the red work pattern is in my "Quilter's Cookbook" and the bottom is wide rick rack I sewed down and crocheted the bottom edge.
A lot of my dish towels I just crochet the bottom edge.


I always have a few made up and on hand for quick gifts. If you live by a Ti-pan I love to go in and get their mixing bowls with the handles, they are about 4 or 5 dollars and just add a dish towel and a wooden spoon and tie it all up in cellophane.  Great Fast gift!  

Thank you for having me, I really enjoyed my visit
Now who would ever thought that drying dishes could be so tastefully done?

Stitching with 
Debbie 

49 comments:

  1. Your dishtowels are loverly! And you're right, that they make lovely gifts when partnered with kitchen utensils. My favorite.....the lambie. Too cute. :-)

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  2. Beautiful dishtowels, I love the flower sack towels as well. They last for years.

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  3. Lovely gifts.... but yours are too pretty to wipe dishes methinks...
    Hugz

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  4. I love to get dish towels - but they are always too pretty to use, they are just 'display only'. Yours are too pretty to soil.

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  5. Debbie I love your stitching projects!! Adorable and your patterns ... wow! I too would love to display towels such as yours :) They would beautifuly my table tops or draped over the edges of by tiny book cases. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  6. WOW - I was just on your blog - which caused me to update my blog after I added your new adorable button! I love this post and I love your blog! Thanks!
    Maria

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  7. Wow your dish towels are fabulous and I love the little gifts you put together. They are a fantastic idea.

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  8. I can see why everyone would love to recieve one of these. I have to say after all of the beautiful stichery, I would be afraid to acctually use it. Just too beautiful!

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  9. Nice dish towels and those flour sack towels wear like iron. I have one that I have had for at least 13 years and it is still going strong. I embroidered a humming bird on it, back when I was just learning to embroider. Yours are nicer.

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  10. The dish towels are all very nice and they do make great gifts. Could this be the inspiration I need to make gifts with the stockpile of dishtowels that I have? Perhaps....

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  11. Very nice. Love your little sheep. I'd be terrified to use them That much pretty should never be ruined by function.

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  12. I love this idea and I have some of the towels ready to be used.

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  13. Love all of them - thanks for the tutorial.,

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  14. Your dish towels are just lovely. I LOVE dish towels; have a huge collection ~ some I use and many I do not use. A little tip for favorite dish towels...I use the old fashioned rings with the clips and hang them on a curtain rod as curtains. If lucky enough to have a matching cafe apron I usually tie that over the window on the door!

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  15. Lovely! Great gift ideas. I will be making some for my secret pal and for Christmas gifts.

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  16. I love your dishtowels! Great idea! I'm thinking Christmas presents here : )

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  17. Debbie I've already signed up on your blog but I forgot to tell you I want the pattern - is it on your blog? Second where do you get your dish towels? I've bought them at quilt shops but I like the white ones and don't find them often. Third can you come to my house and show me how to do that crochet? :) blessings, marlene

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  18. Oh goodness! I have embroidered my dish towels.. but just like grandma did.. I think I need to go spruce mine up a little.. yours look FANTASTIC!! Thanks for sharing your ideas.. I love them!

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  19. Love the basket dishtowel - wow, very creative.

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  20. Debbie, glad to see you hear as well as on your blog. Very good ideas for cute gifts. I always like to have a little something extra with a gift and the dish towels are great. Thanks for the ideas.

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  21. I love your towels and you have given me a great idea for gifts for my special friends!
    Thanks so much.
    Marie

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  22. Absolutely lovely and the applique makes your dishtowels very special! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  23. Love the basket with yo-yo's. How did you do that??

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  24. Wonderful memories from feed sacks! I love your patterns and fusing and stitching them. Thanks for the memories.

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  25. Hi Debbie... WOW!!! What lovely idea's for a dish towles.... I love all the patterns you did and they are all wonderful.. You have just given me some idea's... Thanks :)

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  26. I love your dishtowels , they are so creative and I would love to get one of these for a gift !Thanks for sharing .

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  27. Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing with all of us!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I LOVE your redwork dish towel. The rick rack is a lovely extra touch!

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  29. Oh Debbie, you are so funny! Just trace and stitch!! They are works of art!! Really!! I would love to receive a beautiful dishtowel! and believe me it would never touch a dish! Great post thank you for sharing your art gallery!

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  30. Good Morning Debbie..I am running a bit late today, but never too late to tell you how much I have enjoyed this post and your new pattern, and your sharing something that is sew unique...love this idea...I am often stuck for unique gifts..we should do up a dish towel exchange...my name second please lol

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  31. Wow, love the guest post. The towels are truly lovely. I like the crochet edging.

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  32. Love the crocheted edge. Very nice. Thank you for your post.

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  33. This was really a fun post and I love the dishtowel idea. My sister has a dishtowel addiction and I know she'd love these.

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  34. "dish" towels...OMGosh! these are WAY too precious to be used for dishes... I'd need a towel rack on my wall...kinda like a miniature quilt rack, but, instead for those beautiful towels!

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  35. Thank you for the wonderful ideas! Your dish towels are so pretty!

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  36. Your dish cloths are so so cute! Love them and I am going to visit your blog. I am sure I just signed up to get e-mails a few days ago so I have already visited before.

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  37. Great post Debbie! I love your dish towel gift ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Great post Debbie...I've done the tea towel gifts too and everyone luvs them...I've got your button on my blog and would luv the pattern...and the pattern for the crochet edging...please, please. You are sEw creative, just like Mme Samm.... thanks for sharing:o)

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  39. Something we women touch every day...the tea towel...and you've made it special. I love the sheepy one. I have the same sheep but mine says "Blessings".

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  40. I love your ideas, Debbie (and it's not just because we have the same name!!) I have some flour sacks...I feel inspired to try some embroidery!

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  41. Very cute dish towels. Inspirational. I'm one that truly loves having cute dish towels. Thanks for your insights.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  42. One can never go wrong with Stitching and Quilting!!

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  43. I love the towels! But I guess I missed something - what is the fusible interfacing used for? Thanks!

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  44. What beautiful dish towels. Thank you for the tutorial on how to make them. A friend of mine sent me some beautiful hand embroidered dish towels, one for each day of the week. They are too beautiful to use though by her instructions I have used them. The fabric is the softest and most absorbant of all my dish towels. It's white. Could they be the flour sack cloth you mean...?

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  45. How adorable! These would make great Christmas gifts!!

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