I love making a kitchen/guest bath towel for each line of sweetwater fabric that comes out. They add interest in what ever room I choose to put them in.
I'm perfecting the kitchen towel tutorial I use, for my own selfish reasons. I want a fast, clear path when it comes time to making the next.
The fishing line method to making ruffles is MUCH faster. Just sew a zig zag down your gather line, running over a strand of fishing line. (leave a good 5 inches hanging out the start).
Position the beginning of ruffle on towel and clamp in place, including (especially) your fishing line. Pull the fabric until the gathers match your desired length. Then clamp the other end. Even out the ruffles and pin in place.
I've been watching a robin's nest outside my sewing room (aka dinning room) window with 3 baby birds the past few days. Each day they have a bit more fuzz and seem a little more anxious to stretch their wings and "fly the coop". A little gift to let me know I'm loved from above.