Stitchin’ for the kitchen: pretty, practical projects + BIG giveaway day!

Sous-Chef Trio from Kitchen Stitches

Much buzz has been building for a new book that marries two of the happiest hobbies: sewing and cooking. Today you’ll meet 13 talented designers and see the projects they created for Kitchen Stitches—we guarantee you’ll be inspired to get stitchin’ for your kitchen right away!

Kitchen StitchesThe collection ranges from functional staples that every cook needs to decorative designs that bring beauty to the heart of the home. In chapters called “Get Cooking,” “Set the Table,” and “Add a Little Spice,” you’ll find ideas for adding style to your own kitchen and discover a host of housewarming and hostess gifts to create. Ready to dig in?

Before you get sewing, be sure to enter today’s extra-special giveaway—we’re giving away 14 copies of the Kitchen Stitches eBook PLUS one grand prize: a $100 gift certificate to ShopMartingale.com! Simply leave a comment for your chance to win.

Let’s meet the talented designers behind Kitchen Stitches; visit each designer’s blog to see what she has to say about her contribution.


Natalie Barnes, Long Beach, California

Kitchen Stitches projects from Natalie Barnes
Clockwise from top left: “French Farmhouse Chef” Baguette Tote, Apron, and Basket Liner; “Vintage-Inspired Kitchen” Casserole Cozy and Double-Handed Pot Holder.

Natalie says, “Many quilters are also collectors—and in addition to our fabric stashes, we often have glassware, cookware, dishes, and more. You can change the look of your kitchen with a simple shuffle of collections—and by adding some sewn accessories. To give a whole new look to your kitchen without having to remodel, choose fabric that pulls in the colors of your collectibles.”

Visit Natalie at beyond the reef.


Watch a Kitchen Stitches video tip from Natalie: “Ideas for Hostess Gifts


Rebecca Silbaugh, Madison, Ohio

Slow-Cooker Cozy by Rebecca Silbaugh
“Slow-Cooker Cozy”

Rebecca says, “What’s not to love about coming home to a homemade meal already cooked? If you’re like me and find that the cord and the bulky base unit of a slow cooker always seem to be in the way, try this cozy. It holds the lid in place and prevents burnt fingers during serving or transport.”

Visit Rebecca at Ruby Blue Quilting Studio.


Jenifer Dick, Harrisonville, Missouri

Modern Potholders by Jenifer Dick
“Modern Pot Holders”

Jenifer says, “These pot holders are a fun optical illusion. Although they look like oven mitts, you can’t put your hand in them! The pot holders shown here are made from Log Cabin blocks, but you can use any large ‘orphan’ blocks you have on hand. They’re also a perfect project for using up scraps.”

Visit Jenifer at 42 Quilts.


Linda Turner Griepentrog, Bend, Oregon

Kitchen Stitches projects from Linda Turner Griepentrog
“Shirt Tales Apron,” Embroidery Hoop Memo Minders,” and “Terrific Towel”

Linda says, “Repurpose a men’s button-down shirt into a practical cooking cover-up; keep notes and family photos or organize your grocery list with multipurpose memory boards; tie a kitchen towel to your oven-door handle so you’ll always know where to find it.”


Watch a Kitchen Stitches video tip from Linda: “Seasoning Chalkboard Fabric


Kim Niedzwiecki, Spotsylvania, Virginia

Kitchen Stitches projects from Kim Niedzwiecki
“Sous-Chef Trio” collection: “Sassy, Happy Pot Holders,” “Too-Hot-to-Handle Pot Holders,” “Not-for-Guests-Only Dish Towel”

Kim says, “Being safe doesn’t mean you can’t also be fabulous! Choose your favorite prints to make a statement in the kitchen—or create easy-sew gifts for your favorite sous chef. Use the scraps from the pot holders to decorate a coordinating dish towel.”

Visit Kim at My Go-Go Life.


Watch a Kitchen Stitches video tip from Kim: “Sewing LOTS of Layers


Amy Struckmeyer, Oak Park, Illinois

Circle Blooms Tea Cozy and Place Mats by Amy Struckmeyer
“Circle Blooms Tea Cozy and Place Mats”

Amy says, “Set your table for tea and cake and bring the garden indoors! This set of matching tea cozy and place mats features bright circles of reverse appliqué peeking through natural linen, along with pretty hand-embroidered stitches that accent the circles.”

Visit Amy at form*work.


Kari Ramsay, Salt Lake City, Utah

Garden Party Tablecloth and Napkins by Kari Ramsay
“Garden Party Tablecloth and Napkins”

Kari says, “Make the most of lovely yet slightly imperfect vintage linens by salvaging the best parts of one or two to use in this useful project. Coordinating cloth napkins, edged in rickrack, add extra charm to your table.”

Visit Kari at Fresh Cut Quilts.


Melissa Corry, Cedar City, Utah

Bistro Tablecloth and Napkins by Melissa Corry
“Bistro Tablecloth and Napkins”

Melissa says, “All it takes is some simple appliqué to add modern style to a basic tablecloth. This bistro set adds flair to any meal while still being super practical. It’s the perfect size to top the center of your formal dining table, or to fit just right on a kitchenette table.”

Visit Melissa at Happy Quilting.


Missy Shepler, Chillicothe, Illinois

Shattered Strips Table Runner and Place Mats by Missy Shepler
“Shattered Strips Table Runner and Place Mats”

Missy says, “Improvisational patchwork and a quilt-as-you-go technique join forces in these pretty place mats and table runner. Make them as quick-and-easy gifts or to add some pizzazz to your own dining area. Both are great projects for scraps!”

Visit Missy at Missy Stitches.


Amy Ellis, Heber City, Utah

Cartwheels Table Runner and Napkins by Amy Ellis
“Cartwheels Table Runner and Napkins”

Amy says, “This cheerful table runner and matching napkin set uses simple paper piecing to create perfect points without the use of pins. The blocks create two spinning designs—inside the wheels and also at the block intersections.”

Visit Amy at Amy’s Creative Side; see her trio of books from Martingale.


Heather Valentine, Charlotte, North Carolina

Coupon Keeper by Heather Valentine
“Coupon Keeper”

Heather says, “Have your coupons ready to go when you are—no bulky binder needed! The keeper attaches to the handle of your shopping cart for an easy, hands-free shopping experience. An extra pocket provides room for your phone, pen, calculator, or wallet.”

Visit Heather at The Sewing Loft.


Watch a Kitchen Stitches video tip from Heather: “How to sew a pocket: reinforcing corners


Jackie White, Manitowaning, Ontario, Canada

Kitchen Stitches projects from Jackie White
“Wine-Glass Charms and Fridge Magnets” and “Coasters with Curves”

Jackie says, “Want to add some fun and color to your kitchen? Whip up these coasters or charms in an afternoon. Dig into a Jelly Roll to make the coasters, which are super absorbent because they’re filled with cotton cording. The wine-glass charms make it easy to serve your guests their beverages without worrying about a mix-up. Or glue the colorful rosettes to magnets to dress up your message board or fridge.”

Visit Jackie at Jackie’s Art Quilts.


Lindsay Conner, Nashville, Tennessee

Magnetic Message Board by Lindsay Conner
“Magnetic Message Board”

Lindsay says, “A refrigerator can easily become cluttered with shopping lists, coupons, notes, and children’s artwork. Save the most important items for this fabric-covered magnet board—ideal for organizing your kitchen.”

Visit Lindsay at Lindsay Sews.


Which project are you itchin’ to stitch for your kitchen? Share your answer in the comments and you could win one of 14 copies of the Kitchen Stitches eBook OR the $100 gift certificate to ShopMartingale.com! We’ll choose 15 random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! Fourteen random winners have been notified by email–congratulations to all!


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