Choose some plain dishtowels (ours measure 16" x 18", but any size is fine) and pick out coordinating charm squares (or scraps) to create a patchwork border.
We are using the blue colorway of Dianna LaFerry's Feathers and Fancy collection.
You can see more of Dianna's work here.
If you're using charm squares, cut each square into two pieces, varying the width of the pieces. If you're using scraps, cut pieces that are 4" tall in a variety of widths.
Stitch the pieces together lengthwise to create a patchwork strip, varying color placement and strip width for maximum interest. Measure the width of your towel. Make two strips that measure the towel width plus 1", or one strip that is long enough for both towels.
Trim each pieced strip to measure 3-1/2" wide.
Press the long edges under 1/4" to create a finished edge. Press one short end under approximately 1/2"
Starting with the folded short end, position the strip on the towel, approximately 2" up from the towel bottom edge. Pin in place. Topstitch along the outer edges. When you reach the second short end, fold under so the finished patchwork edge touches the towel edge, pin, and continue topstitching.
A close-up of the topstitch patchwork.
The completed towel, all spread out. Our towel used nine different pieces; your number may vary depending on the width of the strips you use and the measurements of your towel.
The finished towel, ready to use. Make two for a nice gift set.
Win a fat quarter bundle!
Today's 12 Days of Christmas question:
What is the name of the award our Kanvas booth won at Fall Quilt Market?
(Hint: Find the answer on our Facebook page.)
To enter the giveaway, leave the correct answer in the comment section below this post.
The winner will receive this fat quarter bundle of Nancy Halvorsen prints!
Details: This giveaway is open through Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 EST. On Monday, we'll randomly draw a name from the commenters with the correct answer, and we'll post the winner's name here on the blog.
Day 9's question was:
What is your favorite FREE Kanvas project?
The winner: SewCalGirl, who said:
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Here is an image of the Paw Paw Games quilt by Stitched Together Studios that SewCalGal liked best. The pattern can be found here and uses the C is for Cat collection.
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