In 2015 I shared a redwork block of the month celebrating memories of my childhood in Nana's kitchen.
The Vintage Kitchen was such a popular project that even women who didn't stitch picked up needle and thread to make it.
There's something quite comforting about the simple yet loving memories of family meals around the kitchen table and time spent watching Mum (or in my case, Nana) baking delicious treats, and I'm sure that's what resonated most with the many thousands of homemaker hearts who stitched the little blocks each month.
Though I first made this mini quilt with redwork blocks, over time I restitched a couple in pastel hues to show how versatile the small designs could be.
The kitchen scales embroidered with variegated pink and blue threads became embellishment for a kitchen towel...
...whilst I stitched the preserves block in blue thread on a pink and white background fabric before displaying inside a sweet little hoop.
One day I'll stitch all the blocks again, but this time in pastels because I still love the designs and have always wondered what a pastel version in my own style would look like.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Angela, a lovely German lady living in Malaysia.
She'd stitched four of The Vintage Kitchen blocks onto a cover for her toaster and it's so lovely I wanted to show you.
After all, you may be inspired to do something similar! I know I am.
Isn't it beautiful?!
When I saw Angela's toaster cover my mind immediately wondered what needed covering in my own kitchen and there's a few things like the juicer, food processor, toaster and blender, which would not only look pretty with these kind of covers but would also be protected from the dust blown in by the Trade Winds most of the year.
She's such a clever lady and I love her toaster cover!
It's Saturday morning here and after a lovely coffee with my husband to start the day we made housework a priority. Mr E takes care of the cars, yard and washing, whilst I scrubbed the bathroom,. kitchen and did the vacuuming.
Now that's finished we're going to settle down for a relaxing afternoon watching Lord of the Rings while I stitch.
What are you planning for the weekend?
I hope there's some restful downtime in there somewhere.