My package for the Spicing Up the Kitchen swap is finally done. After several abortive ideas and much frustration, my package is COMPLETE! I am so glad. It seems like I have been working on it forever.
I started with the idea of a reversible place mat. My original color choices were based on a piece of Amy Butler fabric that was lovely, but the only fabrics I could find that coordinated were pink, and that received a resounding thumbs down from the SUTK Flickr group.
And so, I did what any self-respecting quilter would do who was running desperately short of time - I took what was to have been the other side of the double-sided placemats and went full steam ahead. I don't think I have a scrap much bigger than a charm square left of any of these fabrics.
Note that I am too short to get a really good picture of these. This was taken standing on the couch.
I made a decorative dish towel. I pieced a decorative border for the bottom of the towel. I was amazed that I had a towel the perfect color in my stash. Such forethought (NOT - purely accidental!)
I made a double sided pot holder from a tutorial I found here. It was super easy and fun to make.
I did discover that my sewing machine, which does not really like to FMQ at all, REALLY does not like to FMQ on Insulbrite - especially two layers of insulbrite.
This is the outside.
And this, of course, is the inside, with two little pockets for your hands and a little loop to hang it up.
Finally, I made a modified fat quarter apron. I used the same border idea on the apron as on the dish towel. I thought it turned out pretty cute.
I really hope my partner likes it.