New Pattern - Around the Kitchen Quilt

New Pattern - Around the Kitchen Quilt

We are excited to announce the launch of our latest pattern Around the Kitchen! We have been working hard on this one for a few months now and are so happy to finally have it out in the world. It's our second paper piecing pattern and includes two sizes! Coming off of the Ugly Sweater paper piecing pattern we knew our next one needed to be just as fun. We love the opportunity that the Ugly Sweater provided to really get creative and make it your own - and it's been amazing seeing all the unique and beautiful Ugly Sweaters out there! We can't wait to see what you all do with the Around the Kitchen pattern. The Around the Kitchen pattern was a total team effort. Connie had the original concept for the jars and shelves. We took the idea to Clem Buzick (quilter extraordinaire, teacher, and paper piecing master) and developed it even further to add the plant and books. Connie and I did a few mock ups, then sent it off to Clem to do her paper piecing magic. She sent back her specs and drawings and I digitized and wrote it up! We love every chance we get to work with Clem - and I think this collaboration is our best yet. We named it Around the Kitchen because that was what we all were thinking about while we were designing. What would you put on a shelf in your kitchen? We added our favorite things from our kitchens to the pattern.

The pattern includes detailed instructions and diagrams to make this full wall quilt. It finishes at 21 x 30" so it's the perfect size for wall art. You can set your shelves up just like ours with 6 jars, a plant and some books, or make it your own. Each paper pieced block finishes at 4-1/2" x 6" so it's easy to mix and match the pieces to make your own unique look. Want a whole shelf of books? Go for it! Skip the books and plant and just do jars? You could do that too. The options are endless.

The second version in the pattern is our Around the Kitchen Table Runner. This size has one shelf, but it's packed with all our favorites - two plants, two jars and lots of book. It finishes at 13-1/2 x 38-1/2" and would add such a fun touch to your kitchen table or island. Or change up the theme entirely and make it for your sewing room! (Here's a hint of things to come - Halloween fabric is arriving soon and we can't wait to make a Halloween version of this!)

Of course the options don't stop there! I love all the blocks so much and think they are amazing on their own too. Here's a little mini quilt I made out of just the plant block. I can't wait to explore more ideas with the book blocks as well. The full wall quilt uses selvages pieced as books. On the table runner version I raw edge appliquéd my selvages onto fabric since they were a little skinnier than I would have liked. It would also be fun to embroider your very favorite cookbooks or novel titles onto the book. So many ideas - how will you make it? If you haven't paper pieced yet, this pattern is the perfect reason to grab a spot in our next class! And if you've paper pieced a little then you are totally ready for this one. Check out the full pattern listing for details on supplies.

We hope you love the Around the Kitchen Quilt pattern as much as we do! Stop in the shop to grab a copy and see all of our samples in person, or grab a copy online. We've also made a kit of our full wall quilt kit available in store or online. Be sure to share your finished project on Facebook or Instagram using #mtsew . Happy Sewing! Roxanne UDPATED 6/27/19: Since fabrics are always changing, I thought maybe the Around the Kitchen wall hanging could use a little freshening up! I wrapped up the Around the Kitchen pattern, what a blast to brush up on some old skills! I think I’ll be working on some ugly sweater blocks next.
Sew you wanna know how much time it's going to take? 6 hours total for the top - for a novice "paper piecer" (Is that even a word? I'm going to roll with it)
All of the shown fabrics are in the Around the Kitchen Kits.
Finished Size: 21" x 30" This teal is such a great color and blends with any home decor. The blacks and whites in this pattern add a bit of dimension. If this isn't the color palette for your taste - then change it up and make a table runner or the wall hanging that suites your style.
For hanging purposes I added little hanging tabs on the top two back corners, to put a wooden rod.
Tips to avoid the dreaded seam ripper: -I would say if you are adventurous enough to try teaching yourself Foundation Paper Piecing then, give it a go. Here is a book that I found really helpful when revisiting this technique. -If you are more comfortable taking a class, I would check in with your local sewing center to see if they offer Paper Pieicing classes. -Don't be scared of paper piecing, you'll do great- it’s a lot easier than it seems once you wrap your head around the whole sewing paper to fabric thing :D -Make multiple copies of the pattern, I always keep the original as a master copy. Ensure that the copier is set to 100% when copying, otherwise your sizing for the finished project will be off and same with the background pre-cuts. -Keep all the scraps that you cut when cutting background, and all other fabrics for this pattern. You never know when you make a mistake and can use those scraps up! -After I completed the three shelf blocks, I made sure they were all the same size. This would ensure that the hanging would end up square. -If you really start getting into paper piecing you may want to grab the following items, to make the process a little faster: -Add a quarter ruler -Seam Roller Grab the Around the Kitchen Kit HERE! Grab the Around the Kitchen Pattern HERE! Enjoy! -Katie

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