Quilting in the Kitchen with Jenny Kae Parks

Quilted kitchen items are such fun projects to create, and always make perfect gifts. We have a new three-lesson online course on Craft University — Quilting in the Kitchen — that will walk you step-by-step through creating beautiful potholders, trivets, oven mitts and decorative towels. The course is taught by the always-entertaining Jenny Kae Parks.

jenny kae parks Quilting in the Kitchen with Jenny Kae Parks

Jenny Kae is well-known in the quilt industry as a talented designer and teacher. But she first caught a case of the quilting bug back in 2001 when she made some quilted  place mats for the kitchen. “This course is in honor of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who made the kitchen the heart of the home,” she says about the course.

As a bonus, a recipe comes with each lesson! Jenny Kae has included her personal recipes for chocolate chip cookies, buttery dinner rolls and “Miss Jenny’s Scones.” YUM!

Let’s take a closer look at everything included:

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Lesson 1: Potholders and Trivets

The first lesson is all about making quilted potholders and trivets. Jenny Kae will walk you through her process for layering, quilting, binding and adding lovely decorative touches. She shares great tips and techniques, like how to make continuous bias binding. Jenny Kae uses a simple pieced block made up of half-square triangles for her demonstration. “You can use any pieced block that you have,” she explains. “Really, there’s no specific size that it has to be, and there’s no specific way that it has to be. You’re the designer. However you want it to look, that’s how it’s supposed to look.” If you want some block design ideas, the course includes a link to whole bunch of free McCalls Quilting quilt block patterns.

Jenny Kae’s award-winning chocolate chip cookie recipe is also featured in this lesson. (She actually won a contest at her church cooking bake-off for these delicious cookies!)

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Lesson 2: Oven Mitts, two ways

In the second lesson, Jenny Kae shares her expert techniques for creating two different types of oven mitts: a single mitt and a double mitt. A template from The Warm Company  is included for the single oven mitt; no pattern is needed for the double oven mitt.

No matter which oven mitt style you prefer, you’re going to want to use your new mitt when you make Jenny Kae’s buttery dinner rolls (the recipe included with this lesson).

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Lesson 3: Decorative Towels

The last lesson focuses on making two different types of decorative towels: a terry cloth towel and a more lightweight towel. Jenny Kae will show you how to add fun embellishments using fabric, embroidery, lace and ribbon. “It’s nice to have those things that make the kitchen a nice place to be: enjoyable, special little touches,” Jenny says.

The recipe for “Miss Jenny’s Scones” is featured in this lesson.

Throughout this fun online course you can share your progress with fellow students and work directly with the Jenny Kae in a collaborative and interactive online environment.

Visit CraftU to learn more and to register for Quilting in the Kitchen!

Happy Quilting!

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