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!

5 comments:

Marilyn said...

I had no idea there were so many tea related quilts out there. Amazing!

the voice of melody said...

This last one is so beautiful but I also like the colors and design of the first picture with the soft pinks and whites. Gorgeous!

parTea lady said...

Your paper pieced block is very pretty. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful patterns. I have the pattern for block #6 of the Tea In The Garden quilt.

Have you seen the tea themed dining room patterns in Debbie Mumm's "Quick Country Quilts For Every Room"? I love the tea sampler pattern and the tea topiary and teapotted place cards projects.

Also, Robyn Pandolph's book "Stitched With Love" has a lovely Teatime In The Garden quilt and recipes for teatime foods and favors. It even comes with a CD.

Thanks so much for Friday's post on the tea at Heritage Quilts. I called the shop and reserved a spot for the PIGS Roast on Feb. 28.

Jean Vitrano said...

What a lovely site you have Angela. Having just started my blog I realize and appreciate all the work that has gone into this space. Not to mention the needlework! Absolutely wonderful! Happy Anniversary! I will be back!
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La Tea Dah said...

Awww, yes --- lovely quilt-tea patterns! You've sure done a great job of rounding them up! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

LaTeaDah