Home Sweet Home…
We’ve just returned from a family trip to Florida!
Those warm sunny days make me wish spring would
hurry up and make its way to Pennsylvania!
{I picked up some daisies to brighten the kitchen, while I wait.}


Remember my kitchen table topper,
made from some happy red gingham


Well, I’ve used it again to add some more cherry pop
to my country kitchen.
I started with a little cherry berry basket,
made using this tutorial from Noodlehead.


Paper napkins are very lovely in my basket…
but so are GINGHAM napkins!
All I did was hem some 14 1/2″ squares of gingham. 
Since they are woven, there is no “wrong side.”
{I always say, you can’t go wrong with gingham.}


Next on my wishlist for my cherry kitchen
was a little counter topper,
made to match the table topper.


How did I do it?  Simple!
(6) 2 1/2″ x 15″ cherry strips
(6) 2 1/2″ x 15″ gingham strips
(1) 12″ x 15″ Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 interfacing
(1) 12″ x 15″ cherry backing
At least 1 1/2 yds. Ricrac – 5/8″ wide 
Stitch the strips of fabric together
with a 1/4″ seam, pressing each seam to one side.
When finished,
the patchwork measures 12″ x 15″.
Fuse the SF101 interfacing to the 
back of the patchwork, to give it wonderful shaping.
Next baste the gingham in place
just less than 1/4″ from the edges of the patchwork.
Pin the patchwork top and the cherry backing
wrong sides together, and stitch just inside the basting,
so that the previous stitches will not show.
Leave an opening on one side for turning.
Turn the topper right sides out,
and smooth out the ricrac along the edges.
Press well, then topstitch near the edges to finish!


I think it looks just great on my countertop.


You know what else?  

It’s reversible!

It makes me smile to see those little aqua dots

in the background of the cherry print.

I really love decorating my kitchen with cherry pop!


Soon the sunny days will be here at my house,
and I’ll be making some fresh food…


and sewing some fresh new projects.


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