Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's a month of kitchen stuff...and look at what shell is bringing us....Penny Pitcher

Well hi there! I'm Michelle May of The Raspberry Rabbits! I am honored once again to be invited by Madame Samm to share a tutorial with you!

Lately I have been designing wool applique patterns and thought you might enjoy a fun little tutorial. I am a penny "pincher," but since the theme this month is kitchen related, I thought a penny "pitcher" would be perfect! hee,hee,hee. I crack myself up!

I truly love a warm country look in my home and wanted to make something that I could hang from a peg hook or a doorknob in the kitchen to add a little color and fun. This project would also make a great gift for Mother's Day! You could add a card and some flower seeds or candy or whatever your Mom would like!
So let's get hopp'in with our Penny Pitcher!

First you need some wool felt. I used my BFF #7 (bundle of fun felt). I sell these in my SHOP along with many other supplies and patterns.

You will also need some fusible web. I am the queen of using fusible web! LOOOOOOOOVE IT! Ok...sorry about that. I get carried away sometimes.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the fusible web. Like I said, I'm a penny pincher, so I'm pretty stingy with my fusible web. I try not to waste any of it so I trace smaller pieces into larger areas.
This is how I cut them out.
Now fuse the pieces to the wool felt. There really isn't a wrong or right side to the wool felt. I usually just pick a side. Once you have fused the pieces down, cut them out on the pencil line.

You will need two 5 3/4" x 9" pieces of black wool for the background. You also need a 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of yellow wool and a 5 3/4" x 1" piece of orange wool. These sizes are all listed on the layout page for your convenience.

Using the layout page as a guide, fuse the pieces in place onto one of the background pieces. Oooo...pretty!

Now you need some floss. I'm a designer with Valdani Threads and I Looooooooove their 3 Strand, handoverdyed, colorfast floss. These are the colors I used for this project. I have them in my SHOP along with lots of other fun colors.

Now add some decorative stitching to your applique. I like using a running stitch as I like a simple, primitive look. If you like a blanket stitch, then you could use that. Whatever makes you happy! :) I also used 1/4" buttons inside my flowers.

When stitching the orange strip, don't stitch the sides or the bottom just yet.

Now you'll need some freezer paper for this part. Trace 4 penny flaps onto the dull side of the freezer paper.

Then fold a piece of black felt in half. Line the top of the freezer paper flaps up on the fold of the felt. Now cut your flaps out on the pencil lines.

Next, fuse the stars to the flaps keeping them closer to the bottom as the top of the flap will be sewn inside the background pieces.

Make simple stitches around the star to hold in place and add a button. Then fold the flap over and stitch together around the edge.

Whip stitch the penny flaps to the back of the appliqued piece being sure to line them all up.

Pin the remaining 5 3/4" x 9" piece of black wool to the appliqued piece. Now stitch the sides and bottom of the orange strip securing the front and back wool pieces together.

And then stitch down the sides leaving the top open. Again, use whatever stitch you like.

Add a piece of wire for hanging. You could also use some jute, ribbon, or yarn if you don't have wire.

Finally, fill your little Penny Pitcher with flowers, a card, candy or whatever you like and you're done! Wasn't that fast and fun?

Here are the links to the pattern layout and the pieces.



Thank you very much Samm for inviting me again. I had a great time and I hope everyone enjoys this project.

Hop over and visit with me and the bunnies sometime. We also have a Free BOM going on! It's "The Adventures of Harrington and Hannah." We would love to have you join us!

xx, Michelle May, The Raspberry Rabbits

It's a month of kitchen stuff and look what Jane has for us....APRONS ARE THE FABRIC OF OUR PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE


Thank you Madame Samm for allowing me to share my love, or more appropriately, my RESPECT for 
Warning:  This is a Picture heavy post!  Aprons can not be simply "talked about" they must be SEEN, WORN, RESPECTED for the stories they tell about our lives.
THINK FAST...What comes to your mind when you hear the word APRON??  Did your Mother or Grandmother wear an apron?  Do YOU wear an apron?
EllynAnne Geisel has written the definitive book on aprons, called simply

Making and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

I ADORE this book and highly recommend it if Aprons are of interest to you.  She has also written another book  KITCHEN LINENS which is just as good!

May I share a treasure with you?  
This Christmas apron belongs to my mother who passed away at age 87 in 2003.
Mama wore an apron every day.  My sense of order and home is sealed in the memory of my mother's aprons.  Growing up, my father was a very difficult man and my childhood could have been clouded with sadness and anger if not for looking at life through the prism of my mother's unconditional love and protection.  In keeping her daily routine of cooking, cleaning, and laundry, all under cover of the apron of the day, my sister and I felt a sense of order and calm despite the mood swings of a troubled father.  My sister and I grew up to be resilient, successful, happy women because of the strong woman who wore the apron in our home.
What I love best about this apron are the coffee stains still on the fabric.  Oh did she love her coffee.  I would NEVER want to even attempt to remove these stains.  If I want pristine, I"ll go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  But if I want to FEEL a MEMORY, all I have to do is look at those coffee stains and my mind goes back to my sweet mama sitting at our kitchen table with a cup of coffee in her hand, Brown mug, exhausted from preparing the Holiday meal, and taking a little coffee break before clean up.  I can bet she had a "little something sweet' to go along with that cuppa!!  
Do you own some items with "memory stains"?
Next, are Aprons made with a more Modern Twist!
I made the above polka dot apron for an Apron Swap.
This springy green apron was made for me in an Apron Swap!
I love the extra long strings and two deep pockets.

Aprons on the clothesline in late February
says a lot of housework gets done here on the farm.

A dainty little white apron found in an antique store.
The embroidery is beautiful
A Blue Gingham Cotton Apron covers my entire dress from waist down! Great on Sunday Mornings when getting ready for church.  The Grandpeeps think it makes a great hand towel!

I like the front flap on this modern twist apron.

One of my Go-To Full-Size Aprons
It's also reversible!  
I won't let you see the other side...let's just say it's been a busy bee!


Here is my uniform, my baby, my well-loved and well-worn apron of choice.  I wear this olive green, cotton duck apron by CANNON while baking, cooking supper, canning green beans, carrying a load of fresh picked tomatoes, holding eggs retrieved from my hens, making strawberry jam, peeling potatoes, washing dishes, fixing lunch, potting plants, crafts with the grandpeeps, hanging clothes on the line, doing laundry (check out the bleach stains), pretty much everything I do in the course of a day requires this APRON.  She almost needs a name, don't you think?

BIG GRANDMA made this little Apron for me in 4th grade.
Can you see the little torn corner at top left ?  Gives it character I think.

I've shown my Coat of Many Colors in a long ago post but thought I would show it one more time since it hangs in my Kitchen as a permanent reminder of my Great Grandmother who made this little house-coat from scraps of fabric.  I actually remember wearing it while watching Sat. morning cartoons and my daily does of ROMPER ROOM...
I was a Good DO- BEE!

I'm now on the hunt for more aprons with embroidery work.  Aprons with embroidery work are "historical artifacts as well as vintage domestic treasures."(The Apron Book)  I also believe in order to appreciate the beauty of Aprons, Aprons are to be WORN.  It is their purpose and we can never pass on *our stories* with aprons that sit in drawers.  Get those aprons out of the drawer, buy one, or better yet make one and then make another!  I like to trace and make my own patterns from an apron I already have.  I'm not much on store-bought patterns.  I hope you've enjoyed my Apron Stories.  Make your own Apron Stories to pass down to your family...stains and all..."perfection slightly flawed...a candidate for GRACE, that state of unconditional love and forgiveness."  Judith Olson Gregory, artist.

As an ode to this APRON POST, I will pick a winner at random and make a custom order APRON of YOUR CHOICE!  It should take me a week to make the apron if you tell me what you like and give me a mailing address.  Would you like that?  I LOVE to make aprons for friends and family!
This has been a LONG POST
Please go to my blog for an added bonus of a tutorial for making a kitchen bag for recycling plastic bags.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Table topper blog hop continues with Grand Prizes soon to be won..

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Sharon ( was very ill)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

IT''s a month of kitchen stuff and look what Susan has for us.... A quilted kitchen floor mat

Hi everyone! My name is Susan, and I blog at So Sue. I am thrilled to be guest blogging at !Sew WE Quilt! to share with you my latest addition in my kitchen. Thank you, Madame, for the opportunity.

I recently dropped one of those narrow and tall olive oil bottles. It was pretty traumatic. I had just filled up the bottle all the way to the top the night before I knocked it over. The bottle shattered into a million tiny pieces and the olive oil was all over my nice jeans, counter top, white cabinet door, hardwood floor and an ugly black floor mat ($8 from Home Depot!). I used almost an entire roll of paper towel to clean up this mess. Needless to say, I tossed out the floor mat with olive oil all over it and was convinced that it was time to make a nice quilt for us to step on! *sarcasm*

I have been eying Robert Kaufman's Treasures & Tidbits collection and knew this would make the perfect floor mat. I selected seven green and orange fabrics to match my kitchen. What do you think!?

Ah! Go ahead! Go step on your quilt; it feels amazing!

- Seven different 1/8 yard cut of fabrics for the top
- About one yard of fabric for the back
- About 1/3 yard of fabric as binding
- Fleece
- Non-slip drawer lining to go under the mat so it won't slip

1. Prewash all fabrics. This is a must if you want to machine wash this floor mat!

2. Cut the 1/8 yard of fabrics into thirty-five 5.5" x 5.5" squares.

3. Assemble the 5.5" x 5.5" squares into a quilt, with 1/4" seam allowance, that measures 35" x 30" when finished (seven squares across and five squares down).

4. Quilt them using fleece as it holds up better than cotton.

5. Before you bind this off, create four corners so you can tuck the "non-slip" drawer lining into each corner. This will allow me to remove the liner when this mat needs to be washed.

6. Bind off, and that's it! I used a 2" strip for the binding; I wish I made it a bit wider. I think I will use 2.5" to 3" strip next time.

I cut up two pieces of non-slip drawer liners and taped them together. They work so well!

Happiness is stepping on my beautiful quilt and looking at it every time I walk by my kitchen!

Yes, it's official. My husband thinks I am crazy for spending the time and money on this. But he agrees that this looks fantastic in our kitchen. Now he wants to me to make matching chair cushions, placemats, potholders, etc. I know how I plan to use up my scrap fabrics from this collection!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will make one for your kitchen too! Be sure to stop by my blog and say hi. I can't wait to meet you!

It's a month of kitchen stuff and with Lisa, she is serving up some TEA coasters ...

Hi there, its Lisa here from Lazy May embroidery. I was so pleased to be asked by the lovely Madame Samm to contribute to her wonderful blog once again, and even more delighted to find out the theme was 'in the kitchen'.
I love (almost) everything about the kitchen, cooking, baking and especially eating (you'll notice washing up and cleaning are excluded from the list!) and I also love embroidery! So here is an easy little embroidery project that combines the two, simple stitched (and pre-stained!) mug mats.
So when you have finished toiling in the kitchen you can sit down with a nice cup of tea and a large piece of cake and place your mug on a fabulous handmade mug mat. I hope you enjoy this little make, if you like what you see you can check out more of my iron on embroidery patterns and makes at www.lazymay.co.uk.
To make 4 mug mats you will need:
  • About 1 metre/yard patterned fabric (I used pink spotty cotton)
  • About 1/2 metre/yard lining fabric (I used some old fleece material but you could use heavy interfacing or toweling material too)
  • Embroidery thread in four shades of brown, pink and red
    Needle, pins, scissors, embroidery hoop, ruler
  • The mug mat pattern below printed out on A4 (letter) size paper, click the image below to get the full sized version.
1) Cut four squares from your fabric, the squares need to be large enough to fill your embroidery hoop.
2) Transfer one of the four mug mat patterns to the centre of each square, there are various ways of transferring the pattern, you can find a handy guide printable guide here
3) Once transferred embroider over all the lines apart from the square border. I used the following threads and stitches:
4 different shades of brown for the coffee/ tea stains, I used three strands of embroidery thread and a stem stitch.
Red for the text, I used 2 strands of thread and a backstitch
Bright pink for the brackets, I used 4 strands of thread and a split stitch.
You can find some simple stitch diagrams here
4) Next you need to trace the transferred square through to the back of your fabric, push a sharp pencil through each corner and then join the dots up with a ruler on the back.
5) Now you are ready to assemble your mats, cut around the square line leaving a gap of around ¾ inch, do the same with your other 3 embroideries. Then use one of your cut out squares as a template to cut another 4 squares of your patterned fabric and four squares from your lining or fleece fabric.
6) Stack the squares in threes in the order show below.
7) Place the three squares directly on top of each other and pin in place.
8) Stitch over the penciled square leaving a opening of about 1.5 inches, you can either machine stitch this or do it by hand using a small tight back stitch.
9) Turn the mat inside out, use a pin to pop out the corners as much as possible
10) Trim the lining fabric that is poking out and tuck the two layers of patterned fabric inside, sew up the hole neatly.
11) Press your mats with a hot iron and make yourself a nice cup of tea, you’re done!