One of the neat things about being a designer is that you sometimes get a sneak peek at publications before they actually peel the printed pages off the press. Martingale’s new book, Kitchen Stitches, is due out soon, and the publisher is announcing its arrival in a big way. Sewing-tip videos, book giveaways, plus a $100 gift certificate! Check out Martingale’s Facebook page for details.
Part of what I like about contributing to a project book like this is seeing what other designers came up with. My personal favorite from this collection of cute kitchen crafts is this Shirt Tales Apron by Linda Turner Griepentrog. It’s a great way to re-purpose a shirt. Linda added extra zing by stitching a bit of rick rack down the front placket, and included extra idea-starters for taking things “one step beyond.”
I also like the Circle Blooms Tea Cozy and Place Mats designed by Amy Struckmeyer. The reverse applique lets bright bits of favorite prints peek through a basic background material, and the hand stitching adds just enough playfulness to the set. I could see using these techniques together to make a pillowcase edging or super-simple baby quilt.
Another technique on my “to-do” list is the coiled, corded “piecing” that’s used in Jackie White’s Coasters with Curves. It looks like a fun way to make a cushy fabric, and I think it’d make a great hotpad as well.
My contribution to this collection of kitchen cuties? The Shattered Strips Table Runner and Place Mats. If you haven’t tried this improvisational quilt-as-you-go technique, you should! It’s super easy, and quick to do. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those scraps.
Have fun sewing!