Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's all about a month of kitchen stuff....here is Jennie with her Quilted Kitchen Window

Hi, Jennie from Clover and Violet again.  When Madame Samm sent out the e-mail that April was kitchen month, I immediately thought of that plain {ugly} wall above my kitchen sink.  The house I lived in a couple years ago in New York had a window over the kitchen sink {as is quite common in many homes}, and I find, as I'm washing the dishes that can't go through the dish washer, I miss looking out the window.  So, I thought a cute little quilt would be the perfect thing to replace the window.

This cute little quilt actually doesn't belong to me any more, but I think I'm going to stitch up another one.  You can download the free embroidery pattern here.

For this project you will need:
1 fat quarter solid fabric for embroidery & binding
10" x 10" fusible interfacing {like Pellon 808F Sof Shape}
56 - 2 1/2" squares
2 - 1 1/4" x WOF strips cream
1 fat quarter backing
Embroidery thread {my favorite is Finca Perle Cotton}
10" embroidery hoop

FLQS: Making Progress

Cut a 10" x 10" square for embroidery.  Fuse the interfacing to the back.  Then, transfer the design to your fabric {new to Embroidery, here's how I transfer my designs}.  I used a variety of stitches: back stitch, split stitch, french knots, stem stitch and running stitch {you can find tutorials for various stitches on my Embroidery 101 page}.

FLQS :: Ready for quilting!

After finishing the embroidery, trim to 9" x 9" square, centering the embroidery design.  Use the 1 1/4" cream or white fabric to create a border around the embroidered block.  Then, sew two sets of 2 squares x 9 squares of 2 1/2" squares and two sets of 2 squares by 5 squares of 2 1/2" squares.  Sew these on as borders.

FLQS :: Front

Back, quilt, and bind as desired, and now your kitchen window is looking out to a little garden with a bird on a sunny day!


  1. Eine wunderschöne Stickerei.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  2. Wonderful window! Love the design and the beautiful picture frame!

  3. What a neat idea!! I love the colors you chose for this piece too! Thanks for sharing such a creative idea!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  4. A great idea for a windowless kitchen thank you Jennie

  5. Good Morning Jennie, clearly a perfect solution for a kitchen..love the embroidery...you did good.

  6. Great idea! I had a kitchen like than once - not good!! I know a woman who actually had a spring-loaded book holder attached to the wall so she could READ while she did the dishes!! I like your idea better! CUTE little quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I don't have a window over my kitchen sink....this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. I am glad to say I do have a kitchen window but if I didn't that would be the perfect quilt to look at while washing dishes. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That's so cute! Love the idea =D

  10. So darling! What a super idea to use as a window. I'm doing alot of embroidery lately so thank you for the pattern.

  11. Your embroidery designs are delightful! Thanks for the lovely tutorial.


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