2017 Tea Towel

Here is my 2017 Tea Towel design at Spoonflower. I think it has a vintage feel to it. Of course I love the colors! Last year I designed my first tea towel calendar and it got such a great response I had to create one for 2017. Hope you like it.


Tea Towel

tea-towelA new tea towel for Spoonflower’s contest Home is where the heart is. I couldn’t resist this contest as I love designing tea towels.  Voting starts October 13, 2016. There should be lots of wonderful designs to see and vote on.

I have the image set on it’s side because that will be the way it shows up in the contest. We lay them out that way as it fits on the linen-cotton fabric and if you want to order one you can order just a fat quarter of fabric.



My family with the exception of our son loves Lima beans. Even our grandson loves them! They are great for you so I am happy that they do love them. I have to confess I am still trying to compete with my mother-in-law. She raised a garden in Tennessee. When they moved to Arizona she took a ton of canned goods from her garden with them. They lived on that until my father-in-law got work. They had four small children at the time and my father-in-law was sick with asthma. So all the canned goods were a blessing.
I had a good crop of Lima beans this year not the best, just pretty good. We planted later then usualDSC03738.JPGDSC03745.JPG so I was surprised we got as many beans as we did. This is the second picking and not too bad. Sometimes the weather just not want to cooperate with the planting schedule! I like to blanch the beans then freeze them so we can have them all year long. I am still terrified to use a pressure cooker for canning.

Teachers Rule

I have been sewing some of my tea towel designs. I decided to make tea towels for my grandson’s teacher. I thought it would be nice for her to have something to remember him with. Of course he is adorable and who could forget him! So I thought I would share with you the least expensive way to make my tea towels. I print the towels on Linen-Cotton fabric and I have four towels to a yard of fabric that way each towel is less expensive.  After you have ordered the tea towel fabric from my Spoonflower Shop , I always wash the fabric before cutting or sewing with a mild detergent, not using fabric softener but using 1/2 to 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse water. Fabric softener makes the towels less absorbent, white vinegar makes them soft but still absorbent.

I trim the selvage edge.Then I fold the fabric in half, press, cut along the pressed line. Some times the salvage edges are different widths. So please don’t just fold the fabric in half and cut. Remember measure twice and cut once.Then I have two towels still together that need to be cut apart. I then serge the edges flat. Fold the serged edge over to the wrong side of the fabric  press. Stitch along the edge of the serged edge. You now have a gift for someone special. 















My New Headboard

My husband bought a couple of solid wood doors at an auction for $1.00 each. He had some extra time last week and turned one into a headboard for our quest bedroom. I had originally painted it a brighter white but that was too white so I found some off white paint to tone it down. It seem to work better with the off white and sets off the cabinet I had painted several years back. You can see my husband screwed the door to the wall, then trimmed around it.  I don’t think anyone would guess it was a door to begin with.DSC03497DSC03559








I have been having  fun quilting pillow shams! You can also see them at my shop on Etsy. The pillow shams are quilted on both sides. I am going to start on a quilt that coordinates with them, I can’t wait to get that done.

I have been having a great time designing tea towels! I hadn’t thought that much about designing tea towels, then I designed the 2016 calendar tea towel. That got such a great response that I thought I had missed the boat. At any rate I had a ball designing the towels and I had them printed , I got them hemmed and now I am putting them on my Etsy Shop. I thought I would share some of them with you. There are a total of 8 designs in this collection of tea towels, each set has two different designs. A total of 4 sets.DSC03172

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