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Spoonflower is having a sale yeah!  Until 10 am EST Nov. 9 th. you can buy 2 fat Quarters for the price of one. Now is the time to stock up. Calendar tea towels from your favorite designer would be great gifts for yourself or to give to someone special. You can also buy fat quarters of other fabric from your favorite designer for a project you have been waiting to do.



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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.



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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.

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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. 















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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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Cut & Sew Shopping Bag

Cut & Sew Shopping Bag

Spoonflower.com is having a contest for Cut & Sew Shopping Bags. I got excited about this contest so I thought I would have ago at it. At first I worked on a floral design and yes I do love floral designs! My first thought had been a shopping bag for shopping at the mall. Then I thought this should be more about shopping for groceries. So I dusted off a collection I had started a while back titled Mrs. Brown’s.
I thought this would be perfect for a grocery shopping bag. I worked on adding to the collection, that was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it.

The collection was named after my daughter Sara Brown, she is a wonderfully dedicated wife and mother. Always concerned about good nutrition for her family and on the lookout for new recipes to try.

The Spoonflower contest starts April 17, 2014. I would certainly appreciate your vote.

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I need potholders, it would be so easy to pick some up at the store. Only no they don’t seem to have the potholders I want. I don’t want to buy a set with the potholder glove. I rarely ever use them. I don’t want the potholders that have a pocket you put your hand in either. They don’t seem flexible enough to get a hold of the lid of a pot for me. I just want the old-fashioned kind.

That was what I was thinking before our company from Arizona came, I know we will be doing a lot of cooking, big family meals everyday. I am not crazy about cooking everyday, however when the family gathers at the table I am happy. I know that some of the food on the table will be from fruit or vegetables grown by us. In a home we built, with family we love. It absolutely can’t get any better then that!!

I gathered what potholders I could find , embarrassed because they were ratty looking and promised myself I would make some as soon as I had some time.

So I will share with you how I made my potholders and some tea towels to go with them. I had found some absorbent white fabric on sale, my daughters and I were going to make tea towels. Of course like a lot of projects I hadn’t finished all of the tea towels. I did manage at one time to get the white fabric cut out and hemmed. Then they went into the closet waiting for inspiration.

I had some of my fabric designs “Here Birdie, Birdie” printed at Spoonflower.com, I decided to use that fabric for the potholders and decorate the tea towels with. I had pieces of leftover cotton batting.

First I cut 2 pieces of fabric 10in X 21in. I cut 2 layers of batting slightly larger. Put one layer of fabric face down, 2 layers of batting on top and the last layer of fabric face up. I pinned the layers together and then quilted the fabric by stitching diagonal lines through all layers. I then cut two 9 in. squares out of the quilted layers. I cut bias tape from a coordinating fabric. Since I rounded the edges of the potholders I cut my bias tape on the fabric bias. I also used a glass and a pencil to trace a rounded edge on the corners of the potholders, trimming the fabric to the rounded line.

fabric & cotton batting layers

[caption id="attachment_704" align="alignnone" width="300"]Sewing diagonal lines for quilting Sewing diagonal lines for quilting

cut 2 potholders 9"x9"

cut 2 potholders 9″x9″

Rounded edges

Rounded edges

cutting bias strips for edging potholders

cutting bias strips for edging potholders

Sewing Bias strips onto potholder

Sewing Bias strips onto potholder

Bias pinned and sewing close to edge

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