Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What do you do when you can't sleep?

I sew.  Last night just after I feel asleep, one of the kiddos woke me up.  When I got back to bed, I realized I was no longer sleepy--not at all.  I laid in bed for a full hour before I decided it was a waste and got up to sew.  I squared up oodles of HST for my quilt.  Then I made this super fun kitchen towel.  I definitely plan to make a few more.  I bought a few white towels ages ago to do this exact thing, but it has remained undone for months.  Finally at 2 a.m. I pulled out the towel and some fun kitcheny fabric and started sewing.


 
I used Mary's tutorial from Pin, Sew, Press to put it together.  I love it.  I'm so tired of my kids pulling my towels onto the floor. I'm hoping this solution helps.   

I'd really like to do some more small projects like this for our house this year to personalize it.  I've gone back and forth on how to decorate my kitchen.  I have several citrus colored items and have decided I really want to go with that.  I have a few more ideas that I'll hopefully post soon.

Another project in the works is my first block for the Sew Beautiful BeeCherie asked us to do Dresdens.  I've never done one before so I did a trial run.  Applique is not among my favorite projects, but I think my trial block turned out pretty well.  Now I get to do it all again with her fabric.

I think we'll have some challenging blocks this year with our bee, and I will probably do trial runs with many of them.  I have a fat quarter bundle of this fabric and am considering doing all my trial blocks from this fabric and then making a quilt made up of all the other blocks from our bee.  I'll have to see how they fit together as everyone else has their month.  For now, I think this guy will remain unfinished.



17 comments:

  1. Kati, I so love the kitchen towel idea! Anthony is constantly pulling my towels to the floor.

    Hope you are able to catch up on your sleep

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  2. Love the towels! And the bee block! I really like your idea of a larger quilt at the end of the year....can't wait to see it! :)

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  3. I also love the idea of the larger quilt at the end of the year! The fabrics you used are amazing!! What is the bundle you used?

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  4. I love the fabrics you used in your trial Dresden. I love the idea of making another quilt out of the "practice" blocks. I was just thinking that I have no idea what to do with my practice Dresden so maybe I'll keep mine unfinished too. The only problem is that I used some fabric scraps so I'm not sure all my practice blocks will go together color-wise.

    Also, where did you get your towels? I'm trying to come up with possible ideas for the Spicing Up Your Kitchen swap, but I'm not sure where to get plain towels.

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  5. Love that towel tutorial, I definitely have a few of those planned too. I love your fabric choices, they are great! The Dresden looks amazing too! I've been too scared to try one.

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  6. Great idea to make a quilt out of the practice blocks! Your trial dresden turned out great.

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  7. I love the idea of making a quilt out of the practice blocks!!

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  8. I too love the idea of a quilt of practice blocks from our bee! I might just borrow that idea from you :) Your kitchen towels are beautiful, they're so bright and cheery!

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  9. I sure don't miss those days (nights)! I'm afraid I never had a problem falling asleep, since I had a swing shift job that got me home at(or after) midnight 2-4 nights a week. Blows my mind that you got up and sewed!! LOL I love towels!! Yours is very cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Wow - I am going to ditto what every one from our Bee said. SUPER-DUPER idea on the practice blocks into another quilt. I love your fussy cutting on the center of that dresden. Sweet!

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  11. That DRESDEN is AMAZING!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! I have an excellent idea for that block....just put is somewhere with a bunch of white fabric, quilt it and send it to me!! ;)

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  12. I *adore* that towel!!! I might have to make myself something like this for our kitchen!

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  13. Ooh, a citrusy kitchen sounds great!

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  14. Wow, the things I would get done if I used all the time I can't sleep for something productive! I love the kitchen towel. So cute!

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  15. These are so pretty! I love the towell, and the dresden is awesome! Thanks for linking to Quiltstory!

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  16. My first inclination for practice blocks is to use "uglies". You know, that stuff that you know you will never use in a quilt? Your idea of making them out of fabric you like and having blocks for a quilt in the end is great. Sometimes the simplest ideas make you go "Yeah!". N
    Another one is sewing leaders that are things that you are going to use anyway (HST, postage stamp blocks, etc.).

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