Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Doing my own thing

I know I'm not alone in being tempted by those wonderful Anthropologie linens.. I've seen them on other blogs quite a bit. I just don't know that I could actually use an $18 dishtowel, but that's just me I'm sure!! Anyway, like a lot of you, I have some cute patterns laying around that I might never actually make and they're chock full of wonderful applique designs.
A few years ago when I first had my embroidery machine I bought some Martha Stewart towels to do embroidery designs on. I did one or two and then crammed the rest in a drawer 'to save'. I'm so in love with Elizabeth's little English Posies block I thought it would look darling on one of the towels.
I really like how it turned out. Of course probably not practical with buttons on the flowers but it looks cute. And because I had all the stuff on hand, it was basically free.
Anthropologie has a cute cake towel right now.. wouldn't something done with Sandy's cute cupcake pattern be twice as cute because you could choose your own fabrics. And doesn't Anne have a cute dessert pattern? Maybe we'll never make all the quilts but we could put those applique designs to work, right?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love love love the dishtowel! The ric rac and buttons make it extra cute. I usually just sew a strip of a coordinating fabric to my dishtowels. But now I think I'm needin' me some applique! x

10:22 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I confess I have paid 18 for a dishtowel. I try to get them on sale though but still they are not cheap. I do make a lot of them to give away, too. And its definately very fun to do that. I just made some linen binding to use on dishtowel fabric I have that I think will be cute. And mostly I just hang them on a rod under my counter for show. Silly not to use them for what they are intended but they are so pretty I can't wipe things off with them! Love dishowels though. And yours is darling. I love that posey. The flower pot looks great. A cupcake dishtowel would be wonderful.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Those are adorable and happy looking.
Looked at 30's fabs other day but didn't see the pattern of yours w/the yellow background and kitchen designs on it could you put on your blog the maker of that fab if you know it please us inquiring minds are dying to know
;0 ;0 ;0

11:04 AM  
Anonymous amy said...

Very cute dishtowel! Such a great idea for all of the cutie-patootie patterns that are out there! I love a good hexagon flower. I did one last year from a Ruby McKim pattern book. Rick rack would make cute stems for those of us who are ENTIRELY lazy.

11:17 AM  
Blogger jen duncan said...

That is SO adorable Pam! I'm putting monograms on those very same Martha towels right now in my etsy shop. :-) I sure do love that Bernina blanket stitch!!!

11:28 AM  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

The cute yellow kitchen fabric from a previous post is a Lecien print I got at Quilter's Inn!

11:34 AM  
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11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anthropologie is dangerous isnt' it??

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Love that!

Anthro is death for me. I guess its a good thing they don't make things in my size!

2:22 PM  
Blogger Happy Zombie said...

Just too cute! As usual, you worked magic with your fabric choices. A PKM ala E dishtowel trumps Anthropologie any day!

2:35 PM  
Blogger tina said...

Great minds baby........ great minds!!!

I am getting ready to play with towels too. And so is Jen? Man, there is something in the internet juju or something!

I have a towel hanging on the front of my Viking------ it was a gift and I've never changed it out. It is like, skank-a-roo.

It sounds as if there will be smiling blogs everywhere!

and I agree with the zombie who says that a PKM towel is better that Anthro--- any old day!!!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Your towels are so cute! My grandmother actually bought me a pair of the anthropologie cupcake dishtowels, and I just have to say, don't waste your money. They are very cute, but the colors on the embroidery thread they used around the designs runs and runs (even on my machine's 'cold' setting). If I hadn't gotten them as a gift, I would have taken them back! It's a good thing I don't really have a showpiece of a kitchen, or I would hate to use the old runny things.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

How cute that is. As a matter of fact I'm in process of making something flowery with rick rack stems myself & yoyos.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Lotta said...

I'll have to take a picture for you. I've got 3 of those dishtowels hanging on a fake clothesline in my daughter's room. Everyone asks if I made them.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I only buy Anthropologie on sale and I have yet to see a single one of those dish-towels in that category. The nerve!

Making my own is on the list but ... pretty far down. So you do it, and I'll live through it vicariously.


8:44 PM  
Anonymous Lynne in Hawaii said...

Hey Pam, how about small yo-yo's instead of buttons? However, practical is NOT a requirement. The dishtowels are cute as can be. They will make a classy display in your kitchen!

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Lammon said...

It's adorable, Pam. I planned on doing a post this week about using patterns your own way - I'll include a link to your great idea. BTW, your workmanship is fantastic!

5:21 AM  
Blogger Rapunzel said...

Just discovered your blog, absolutely charming! I'll definitely be stopping by for another visit. :-)

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Pam the towel is just so cute. Yeh for rick rack!

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Thank you Pam for letting me know what line that fab was !!!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

That applique is seriously cute! And I totally agree with you about the $18 dishtowel... Much nicer to make your own! :)

4:03 PM  
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6:25 PM  
Blogger Doe said...

Loooooove it!

7:23 PM  

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