I had big plans for Valentine's Day and a fragment of a mitten with hearts on it, but they were totally derailed by this fabric.
My kitchen is full of motley and boring accessories: one burned oven mitt, two ugly matching potholders, black-and-white tea towels from Fortino's that don't absorb water so much as spread it around in a thin, even layer. I had aspired to replace them someday with colourful quilted items, maybe green ones or blue or orange, something cheerful. Then last week we went to a quilting store and I saw the William Morris fabrics and all was lost.
This is the damage so far:
Five potholders! Three tea towels with birds on them! The potholders are assembled from four-patch units made out of charm squares. I used the whole package (of 40); the potholders are pieced on both sides, so they don't really have fronts and backs. The tea towels are just rectangles with hems.
One oven mitt and one coordinating half-apron with a big contrasting ruffle at the front and big vintage buttons at either side! The oven mitt is from the template on this page; the half-apron is from 101 One Yard Wonders.
One knee-length apron with fun gathered detailing over the bust and rows of birds adorning top and bottom! The tutorial I used is here.
Not pictured: One tiny quilted cozy for my tiny French press, awaiting binding; six more tea-towel-sized rectangles cut out, pressed, awaiting hemming.
Guys, I have had to make myself knit this week. All I want to do is make another cup of coffee and hem more rectangles and sew more ruffled aprons. The palette is rather subdued and sedate compared to the cheery colours I had wanted, but somehow I don't care anymore. My priorities have clearly changed because look at the birds:
I wasn't a person who was terrifically interested in quilting before, though my grandmother's quilts were plenty inspiring and as a child I was sometimes deputized to press bits of fabric for her, or make yo-yos out of scraps. This, though, this is a lot of fun. I am having an inappropriate amount of fun.