Kitchen towels

Project Description

What are you most proud of? These will be memories of my Mom. I am giving them, after they are finished, as Christmas gifts. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I didn't get as much shadow in there as I could like but I was so pleased to be able to give someone a memory.

What you will need

  • My Mother's very used kitchen towels. My 102 year old Mother died this summer. I am taking some of her kitchen dishtowels and quilting them. Cindy has a book out using linens which is what gave me the idea. The one with the chicken was thread bare and even had a hole in it. I starched it. Both need to be finished on the edges yet. The binding will come up to the blue edge on the one.

Q&A with Deb Cavanaugh

patz in suffolk asked:
Beautiful! Who would have guessed that these works of art are old kitchen towels! Your Mother must have been born in the same year as mine (1910), but yours lived for a whole ten years longer than mine did - both of them wonderful old ladies, I'm sure! This is a very original way of remembering your Mother through things that were hers, and creating a family heirloom and I think they're lovely! Happy Christmas!
Deb Cavanaugh answered:
Yes 1910 on Flag Day. She was living alone except for the final 2 1/2 months. She then had a lady a year younger to talk about the olden days with. I was lucky enough to have Cindy's book or I would not have thought of it.
Cindy Needham asked:
Oh these are sooooo beautiful! Wow. I can't stop looking. Do you know how good it makes me feel to have inspired someone to make something as beautiful as these? Thank you. Cindy :)
Deb Cavanaugh answered:
Do you have any realization of the joy you have helped to create. If it hadn't been for you I wouldn't have thought of using the towels. I e-mailed a friend the other day and asked for her deceased husband's hankie. She was so thrilled. We are thinking the rose in a smaller version. Her husband gave her red roses. This will just mushroom. It is the most amazing thing to take something that would be tossed away or stuck into a drawer and make it part of someone's everyday life. A hankie is not a big time involvement but the piece becomes priceless. It just takes the idea. And I don't think my brain would have ever gone there. And we quilters do spread our ideas.
rails12 asked:
wow love it .I hope to make a whole quilt was going to jump right in but realized I needed more courage .just have to design it I want roses but I can't find quilting templates with roses anywhere and getting them overseas cost a fortune .working on drawing some but that may be more than I can chew .
Deb Cavanaugh answered:
I got mine from the StenSource.com. If you are not in the US, you may be able to look at their stencils for ideas . Also try the stencil company. You can view their stencils on line. If you have a quilt shop near you, they may know a source. If I look up what I want on line and give a list to my local quilt shop, they get them for me and I pay no postage.
ldwanda11974836 asked:
WOW Deb, I just love it. can't wait till I'm able to achieve your level of greatness. How many hours of practice did it take before you reached your awesomeness.
Deb Cavanaugh answered:
You are so kind. We see our own mistakes and not others. I have been a serious quilter for 12 years now but started as a free motion embroidery person

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