Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 11: Patchwork Dishtowels

Looking for one more last-minute gift idea? This quick project would be a lovely hostess gift or stocking stuffer. 

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.

Good luck!

Day 9's question was: 
What is your favorite FREE Kanvas project? 

The winner: SewCalGirl, who said:
Congratulations, SewCalGal! We've emailed you for your mailing address.

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.

(Note: Each day, we make a numbered list of everyone who answered the question correctly. Then we use to select a number from the correct entries, and match that number up to the numbered list of names. 
Just so you know how we're choosing the winner.)

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Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway contest!

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  1. Boy! This was not an easy one; took me a long time to find it, and am reluctant to put the answer here 'cause then others will copy it without looking for it. I'm going to send a private facebook message to you with the answer.

  2. I think it is 1st Place for double booths, but not sure. :)

    Had fun looking at the pictures you had posted from market, too!

    Sandy A

  3. First place for Best Double Booth Design

  4. Love your tutorial for embellished towels. I love to make these and give as hostess gifts, as well as include in gift baskets for fundraisers. Such fun.

    Of course, I'm absolutely delighted to win your beautiful bundle of fabrics. I have several ideas that I'm going to have to decide which one. Thank you so much.

    And, your booth was beautiful. Easy to see why it won First place for Best Double Booth Design. Quite an accomplishment. Congratulations!


  5. It was the double booth award. Thanks for the giveaways!

  6. Best Double Booth Design love your fabric and new blog

  7. Double booths - First place.
    I am enjoying this blog. Lots of beautiful fabrics and good ideas.

  8. First Place for Best Double Booth design! Great idea for the towels, and Congrats to SewCal Gal!! Another person I told to enter wins! Yippee!

  9. Yes, congrats to SewCal Gal! Love all these tutorials. And, the answer for today is First Place for Best Double Booth design. CONGRATS to you all, too!

  10. You won First Place for Best Double Booth Design. Great tutorials and thanks for the chance to win.
    PS: Anyone who doesn't belong to the Preview is great!

  11. Your Kanvas double booths won 1st place! Nice idea for the towels, new neighbor will appreciate them. To all of you, Merry Christmas and have a prosperous New Year!

  12. I am so glad that you asked us to search out the answer, I saw so many wonderful things on your facebook page that I want to do....double booth award. What a wonderful booth. Now to go back and search out some of the things...that ribbon making on a fork looks so interesting...thanks again...wonderful giveaway!

  13. Those towels are such a nice idea, thank you. Your booth won First Place for Best Double Booth Design, congratulations.

  14. Best Double Booth Design! WHOOT WOOT!!!!

  15. It was hard to find. I think it's best double booth too!

  16. It was hard to find. I think it's best double booth too!

  17. Yup I found it, The Best Double Booth Award. I love the fabrics in the booth too

  18. Judy

    Best double booth design

  19. Took a little searching, but it was (I copied and pasted from your photo caption) First place for Best Double Booth Design

  20. Another way to find me. : ) Hope I win!
    First place for Best Double Booth Design

  21. I really like this patchwork towel design. It would work well with some strawberry fabrics I've been wanting to use in my kitchen. Thanks for the tutorial!

    You all won first place for the Best Double Booth Design. :-) Congratulations. The booths looked great in the pictures. Maybe someday I'll make it to a quilt market. :-)

  22. Thanks to all who entered! We're taking Christmas Eve and Day off and will post the winner's name on the 26th.