In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Placemats & Tipped Napkins + Tutorial

These two projects go hand in hand with one another. A spin-off of the Pot Holders we featured earlier this week, but made in an impressive 15″ diameter size! Same pattern, only bigger. Along with the mats we have a very simple linen Tipped Napkin with coordinating Tsuru patterns to match each placemat.
Click for the Tipped Napkin* tutorial.

*Note: Image shown is slightly different from project directions.

In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Toaster Cover

We continue our In the Kitchen with Tsuru series.

Today’s inspirational project is a toaster cover. Lovely in … And Old Lace in Vermillion and linen. This design element was influenced from the Zig Zag Tote designed by Lisa Billings from Zakka Style. The cover itself was a rather spontaneous creation of Jaclyn’s, but you can find tutorials like this or this that would work perfectly well – just create zig zag panels to the correct dimensions for your project using this patchwork idea.

Don’t forget to line it in something pretty!

In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Hanging Tray Holder + Tutorial

Here’s something nifty. This project was inspired by an item hanging in Michelle’s mom’s house. We’ve been meaning to make one for this blog, and Tsuru really lent itself to the idea. Click for the directions to make the Hanging Tray Tutorial.

This piece can also be used to hold cook books and other rather flat items. We hope you enjoy this project and if you make one of your own, we’d love to see!

Note: Image shown is slightly different from project directions.

In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Runner

We are kicking off a new blog series highlighting Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale. We borrowed (heavily!) from Rashida’s own books I Love Patchwork and Zakka StyleIn the Kitchen with Tsuru will feature a variety of kitchen-y ideas and later on this week, we’ll have some new tutorials to share with you.

Today we have a pretty runner in Tsuru and linen adapted from the Lap Quilt project in Rashida’s I Love Patchwork. The dappled arrangement of plus signs in various tones makes an eye-catching accent on a buffet, cabinet and would feel equally at home on the kitchen table (or even a wall!)

10 Questions with Rashida Coleman-Hale

We’ll be kicking off a new blog series, In the Kitchen with Tsuru, in just a matter of hours. Let’s take this time to get to know Rashida Coleman-Hale a little better as she answers our get-to-know-the-designer questions. Later this week, we’ll be seeing Rashida at QuiltCon. She’s already there busy judging modern quilts. On Thursday, we’ll be presenting her latest collection, Koi and we’ll share it with you here once we return.

Where were you born?
Orlando, Florida

Where are you living today and what brought you here?
Atlanta, Georgia via NY/NJ. My husband’s work is what moved us down South.

Rashida’s first book.

What was your most memorable art or craft project when you were a kid?
The first garment that I sewed one Summer when I was 12. My mother decided that I needed to learn to sew and let me choose the fabric and the pattern. It was this vest and pants pattern in the late 80’s. The fabric was hideous, the pattern was hideous, my sewing was probably equally as hideous, but I was SO darn proud that I had done it all myself with my two hands! I was already into fashion, but learning how to sew garments just sealed the deal for me. I heart sewing!

Sneak peek!

A prestigious art museum will give you any piece in their collection-which would your choose?
Anything by Frida Kahlo! I’m not a huge fan of her art, but I love her and h life story. She such an inspiration to me and learning about all of her trials and tribulations in her life have helped me to be more of a glass half FULL kind of gal.

Mod Hexies quilt

If you could hop on a plane TODAY, where would you go?
Hmm…..let me think……Tokyo, Japan!

What is your most productive time of day?
In terms of creative productivity, I would say at night. I get most of my creative work done after my littles have gone to bed.

What’s your favorite color obsession these days? Aqua! I can’t get enough of it.

What is the one creative tool or supply that you cannot live without?
Linen, obviously. 🙂

Fat Quarter Gang project

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?
Definitely Anne Shirley. That’s ‘Anne’ with an ‘E’. I truly love the Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea books. I really relate to her awkward beginnings and her finding her place in the world and just boldly coming into her own. I never tire of Anne’s story.

Coffee or tea?
Both. Coffee when I need to keep it moving, tea when I’m in chill mode.