Monday, January 19, 2009
Tea & Quilts - Part 1
Over the weekend I did some sewing on a small piece that will be a gift, and that set me to thinking about what project I want to start on next for myself. Maybe one of those tea-themed quilts I've been wanting to try? I started collecting the patterns before I even really learned to sew, and now I think I'm ready to take the plunge.
Since several of you seemed to enjoy seeing the quilts at my local quilt shop in Friday's post, I thought you might like to see some of the tea-themed quilt patterns that have been designed in recent years. I've found these at a variety of places (quilt shops, JoAnn's, Keepsake Quilting, eBay), but I'll also include the web site if one is listed in case you see a quilt you want to make or have made. This book, "Fabric Fantasies and Textile Treasures," is by Claudia Wood, a talented quilter, needlework designer and fellow Cowetan. She taught the paper piecing class at Heritage Quilts and Fabrics where I learned to make the pieced teapot at the top of this post, and this is the book with that pattern (shown at right).
"Tea & Cake" is a pattern by Love Quilt Patterns (lovequiltpatterns.com).
"Summer Tea," also by Love Quilt Patterns, features that same teapot above but in different fabrics and a different design.
Also from Love Quilt Patterns is this "Invitation for Tea" quilt.
Here's "Invitation for Tea" in another colorway, and this is the reason I bought this pattern. All those blues ... wouldn't this be pretty in a room with Blue Willow china!
This "Tea Party" wall hanging is from Quilted Frog Patterns for Quilters (quiltedfrog.com).
"Cupsey Turvey" is the name of this pattern for a lap quilt and wall hanging. I love how the spoons are scattered across these designs. Source: javahousequilts.com.
"Tea-Time" is the name of this appliqued teapot and teacup design featured in Vol. 4 No. 10 of Patchwork & Stitching, one of those lovely Australian needlework magazines.
"Coffee Cake" is the name of this pattern from quiltsoup.com, but I insist that's a teacup in the quilt, since I've yet to see a "coffee cup" with a pretty scalloped saucer.
And finally, this Afternoon Tea in the Garden quilt from The Picket Fence (thepicketfences.com) is something I hope to attempt after I get a lot more practice in applique. I saw this on display at a quilt show and it was simply exquisite. And that's enough for today!