Monday, January 17, 2011

Goodies for Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Round 1

If you haven't had a chance yet, you can enter the CSN Stores giveaway by leaving a comment on this post. I'm drawing a winner tomorrow (Tuesday 1/17/11), so hurry on over.


For the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap, the deadline to mail the items for our partners is March 1. I started and finished mine yesterday (a month and a half before the deadline and only a few days after finding out who my partner is).

BUT, don't think I'm an over achiever or anything. The real reason I finished these up so soon is that my sewing time will drastically be reduced starting the first of March. See, I've been working from home for the past three and a half years, but come March, I have to start working in the office again. Boo. There are a lot of projects I want to work on (not to mention the other two swaps I will be in between now and April and the bee I'm in this year). So I'm trying to spend as much free time sewing as I possibly can. Thankfully, the mister is very understanding and encouraging. =)

I stalked my partner for a few days, pulled out some fabric, and started brainstorming ideas. I decided to start off with an apron. My partner likes Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey (at least I'm pretty sure she does), and I just so happened to have a fat quarter of this floral print and some of the green stripes. I half-followed this tutorial. Thanks to Traci for making one and pointing out the tutorial.

Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Reversible Apron Side 1

I opted to make the apron reversible, so I pulled a yellow fat quarter from my stash that matched the Nicey Jane fabric (I'm sadly lacking in the yellow department).

Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Reversible Apron Side 2

Next up, I made a couple of patchwork towels. I found some really soft bamboo cotton towels and added a band of various fabrics to the bottom. Simple, but cute.

Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Patchwork Towels

I thought about stopping there (since the swap expectations stated that they didn't want us to get overwhelmed by trying to come up with too many items for the swap), but I had a few leftover pieces from the towel and put them together into a little mug rug. If my partner isn't big on mug rugs, she has a couple places in her kitchen for a little mini quilt wall hanging.

I added a little bit of stitchery because my partner said she liked that too.

Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Mug Rug/Wall Hanging

So here's all the loot. I hope you like it, partner. I'm planning on sending this off tomorrow. It has quite a way to travel, so I'm hoping it makes it to its new home safely.

Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap Goodies

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
Fresh Poppy Design


Kati said...

Wow, you are quick. I have an idea in mind for mine, but haven't even started. I'm sad for you that you are losing some sewing time.

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Bummer about having to head back to work and losing all that sewing time. I love what you did for your partner, though! I am definitely bookmarking that apron tutorial, I think my partner's hoping for an apron, too, so thanks for sharing! :)

Susie said...

These are fantastic- I love the colors and fabrics you chose, I'm sure your partner will, too!

Naturally Carol said...

I think I could do with you for a permanent partner!! You sew the loveliest things...modern with a touch of quirkiness and lovely colour combinations...just the way I like them...and I'm not your partner...I'm sure she'll love them...if not...send them my way!!

Jacey said...

You're quick! I'm still working out my fabrics. It looks like a great package for your partner.

Teje said...

Hello! I love the set you have made! It'll be enjoy to be in the kitchen with those lovlies! You have used wonderful colours!

Tanya said...

great gift set! I love the colours you've chosen for your partner!

felicity said...

LUCKY partner! What a great set!

Denise said...

Those are so cute. I think the apron, along with the model, are so cute.

amylouwhosews said...

VERY lucky partner! I love the embroidery! mmmm. toast! I say mmmmmm. all the time!

Kristie said...

What a great package!!

Quiltstory said...

Love them! Love the fabrics! Thanks for linking up to Quiltstory!

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Hi Brooke. Somehow I've only just found this post. I am the proud owner of these goodies!I use the apron every day and the other goodies are all displayed with pride around the house :-)


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