Monday, June 29, 2009

Candy Colored Potholders

I have always had a bit of an obsession with vintage style kitchen items, so I decided to do a little crocheting and make some colorful potholders. These sell well in the shops and I have found some people like to collect them. I hang them from little magnetic hooks on the side of my fridge near the stove; they brighten up that corner nicely! I'm also going to pair these with embroidered towels and crocheted dishcloths for gift sets. I have started working on the border of the tree quilt and will post pictures soon.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cotton Print Tree Quilt

I started this wall hanging size quilt awhile ago to use some of my stash of pastel cotton prints. They have such a soft, old feel. The base fabric is, again, a flour sack towel. I just love the texture of these towels and at a dollar apiece a real bargain.

Of course I can't leave it alone at this stage , so I plan to add birds and flowers before I start quilting. I haven't quilted in a number of years and was very meticulous about perfect, tiny stitches (or at least that was my goal). I may loosen up a little with this one and embroider and quilt with floss instead of traditional quilting thread! Radical departure!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kitchen Sets

Another method used on flour sack towels. Some of these are adapted patterns from old embroidery magazines and others are original designs. I love the look of what I think of as farmhouse or cottage style, especially in the kitchen.

I plan to do more of these sets in a variety of colors and patterns. Some will have the nailbrushes and others will include a pack of recipe cards, handmade soap or maybe a vintage kitchen item. These are for sale in our lollishop and on etsy.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

flea market finds

We went to Buffalo, Mn. for a look around the markets and antique stores a couple of weekends ago. The above packet of bird prints was too good to pass up. My favorite, the baltimore oriole, is included (orange again!)

I did not personally purchase the above linens, a good friend of mine who works many local estate sales has been getting me bags and bags of embroidered pieces and lace. It will be a new experience to work with items I have not crocheted or embroidered myself- should be fun! I think I'm going to have to redesign my workspace to include more storage space- some open shelving because I like to see all my materials and not have to dig for things. Unfortunately my room is not that big, will have to get creative.

Monday, June 8, 2009

More applique towels

When I start appliquing flour sack towels it can become addicting! The towels themselves are such a pleasure to work with, such a nice feel to the cotton. The one above is in more subdued(for me) colors and the one below uses my favorite orange.

I will be posting all these towels on either or I am also working on some farmhouse gift sets which I have already posted two of on lollishops. I'll show them here next time along with some flea market finds.