March 27, 2014

Springtime in the Kitchen

Home Sweet Home...
We've just returned from a family trip to Florida!
Those warm sunny days make me wish spring would
hurry up and make its way to Pennsylvania!

{I picked up some daisies to brighten the kitchen, while I wait.}

made from some happy red gingham

Well, I've used it again to add some more cherry pop
to my country kitchen.
I started with a little cherry berry basket,
made using this tutorial from Noodlehead.

Paper napkins are very lovely in my basket...
but so are GINGHAM napkins!
All I did was hem some 14 1/2" squares of gingham. 
Since they are woven, there is no "wrong side."

{I always say, you can't go wrong with gingham.}

Next on my wishlist for my cherry kitchen
was a little counter topper,
made to match the table topper.

How did I do it?  Simple!

(6) 2 1/2" x 15" cherry strips
(6) 2 1/2" x 15" gingham strips
(1) 12" x 15" Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 interfacing
(1) 12" x 15" cherry backing

At least 1 1/2 yds. Ricrac - 5/8" wide 

Stitch the strips of fabric together
with a 1/4" seam, pressing each seam to one side.
When finished,
the patchwork measures 12" x 15".
Fuse the SF101 interfacing to the 
back of the patchwork, to give it wonderful shaping.

Next baste the gingham in place
just less than 1/4" from the edges of the patchwork.

Pin the patchwork top and the cherry backing
wrong sides together, and stitch just inside the basting,
so that the previous stitches will not show.
Leave an opening on one side for turning.
Turn the topper right sides out,
and smooth out the ricrac along the edges.
Press well, then topstitch near the edges to finish!

I think it looks just great on my countertop.

You know what else?  

It's reversible!

 It makes me smile to see those little aqua dots
in the background of the cherry print.
I really love decorating my kitchen with cherry pop!

Soon the sunny days will be here at my house,
and I'll be making some fresh food...

and sewing some fresh new projects.
I've got a new set of fabrics from Terry's Fabrics to show you!
Come back soon to see what's cooking!

{I'm happy to be the newest contributor for the How To Blog at Terry's Fabrics
Head on over to check out more great ideas...}

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  1. What a charming idea! Thanks Amy! You're a master of the cute details in the kitchen! I"ll pin it!

  2. I want to come for some shortcake/strawberries! What a cheery place for your family, Amy. All of these projects are sooooo cute.

  3. Fantastic set of accessories for the kitchen. You are so clever. Love them.

  4. Beautiful basket and counter topper! Thanks for the pattern! These are beautiful in your kitchen and do look so cheerful!


  5. oh how sweet, no I do not have a country kitchen, unless you call red walls black cabinets country, but your table top is cute, and love the napkin holder, paper is fine by me. Will have to make one...and the countertop cover is great, perfect size for my side table in living room...thanks for the tutorial....

  6. When I was growing up, my mom's kitchen was red, white, and black and I still love that color combination. Your cherry accessories are so pretty! Very cheerful.

  7. Oh so much to love in your kitchen! Your little table runner is sweet and I love all of the matching pieces. I wish I could come by for a cup of tea and get a better look!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  8. Well aren't all these all adorable! Love the gingham with the cherry print---they work so well together!

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
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  9. Hoping to find information on how you made that basket for the napkins as I work my way back through your posts! So cute!


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