Little by little, we’ve been adding the finishing touches to the kitchen. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month! Simultaneously, it feels like already and only.
Some details! I added two Fintorp rails to the back of the island to keep utensils and cookware close at hand to the stove.
They are also the perfect place to hang my brand new potholders.
I used this pattern for Retro-style Bound and Quilted Oven Mitts and two quilting cotton fabrics with cotton batting. Next time around, I’m going to pick up some Iron Quick Fabric to layer in there, which is heat resistant up to 399 degrees. These will be more of a light duty prototype, but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.
The bias binding was definitely tricky for me: at the tuck at the opening, the pattern says something to the effect of, “Just pivot the needle and realign the bias tape. It will create a natural pintuck!” Great! Simple! Except, not. I took me forever to do the first one, which still really wasn’t right. The second came out better, so I ripped out the first one and tried again. I’m happier with them this time around, and the next set will be better. I really want to make a whole drawer-full of handmade oven mitts and hot pads out of all the amazing quilting fabrics I lust after.
One other sewing project: I finished the curtains!
I winged a pattern: rolled hems on the sides, a little pocket for the rod, and a deep hem at the bottom. It was warm enough to open the windows the other day, and the way that the cotton voile catches the breeze is dreamy.
The way that it catches the draft on a cold windy night is less charming, but at least the fabric is gorgeous. The print is La Venta from the Palos Verdes collection by A Creative Mint. I think I have might enough left over to make myself a Tiny Pocket Tank, which should really up the ante on our household games of hide and seek (kidding. maybe).