Something from Thimbleberries
I checked in on Thimbleberries website the other day and discovered that Lynette Jensen is posting free patterns for a year of tea towels. The months for January, February and March are already posted. She recommends fabric applique that is fused onto the tea towel. I chose to go with wool and a hand buttonhole stitch in #8 black pearl cotton. She recommends machine stitching. Also, I didn't care for her March bunny, so I drew my own. You know how it is, we just have to change things. But, anyway, it was very nice of her to post the patterns and it is a fast, fun project to look forward to this year. Making miniature quilts is pretty intense and demanding and a project like the tea towels is sort of a relief from such precise work. When I decided to do this little project the other day, I went to the Craft Cupboard in Middlefield, Ohio. As luck would have it, the owner had just gotten in a bolt of fabric that she ordered for dish towels! It is heavier than quilters' cottons and is 60" wide. Perfect for my purposes! So you can get a piece 29 long, cut it in thirds width-wise and ta-da - three months worth of projects.
Till next time.......