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Created by: Deb Cavanaugh
Project

Kitchen towels

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.

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Deb Cavanaugh made Kitchen towels with:

Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques

Online Class

Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques

with Cindy Needham

  • 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.

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.

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

Skill Level

Beginner