Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's the Part That Touches You

The back of a quilt, that is. Just as important as the front, in a different way. Does that make it a reason to buy more fabric, for that special quilt backing? For certain! Someone was surprised at my most recent finish; I hadn't pieced the back. I guess that a pieced back is one of my trademarks. Also the patched binding. This binding is various browns and blacks left over from other projects. It is perfect for this quilt, making the bright colors sparkle.

I was asked to make a quilt for the Women and Children Free Restaurant Spring Tea Party Fund Raiser. This wonderful organization in Spokane provides food for women and children who are in need. Since the venue is a tea party, I decided that nothing says comfort as much as a cuppa tea.

This cheerful quilt, "Big Mug," is 64"x80." It was made with Moda batiks from a free pattern on the QNM website, designed by Pam Rocco. I added the tea tags which have sayings from Yogi tea. I was hoping to tug at heart strings, for the quilt to have crowd appeal, and to be a great gift. Here are the 20 different sayings:
















Of course I added my label, complete with thimble insignia. I quilted this on my domestic machine with wavy lines. Simple and effective.

Abby is considering a nice cuppa.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt. I love all the messages on the tea bags. Thank you for donating all of your time and effort and creativity.

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  2. Thanks, Jennifer, it was a fun quilt to make. I am so glad I can pay it forward!

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  3. This is such a bright and happy quilt! The tea bag tags with all the inspirational quotes was a brilliant idea, Jane. And of course you know how much I love the wavy quilting.... Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks, Lorna. I came up with the tea tag idea while doing my morning writing (The Artist's Way) and of course found alphabatized lists of tag sayings on pinterest. The wavy quilting is my sincerest form of flattery, learned from you. I like the ease and speed and overall effect of the waves.

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  4. Simple and very effective.
    I cannot get through a day without my big mugs of tea. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks, Carla. I also thought about making each mug unique, with various florals, sayings, and novelty images. I, too, need my big mugs of caffeine, in my case strong black coffee. Happy Habits.

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  5. Love love love this quilt. The colors are bright and beautiful, the tea-mugs are just perfect and the special messages just take this to the next level. Kudos to you!!!

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    1. Thanks, Preeti. It was made from some Moda batik samples, and some low volume Moda prints samples, the tea tag inspiration came from doing my daily writing. I found all sorts of lists, even one alphabetized from yogi tea tag sayings... I love quilts that are fun to snuggle under and dream about. Reminds me of forced rest time as a little girl when I laid on my mom's bed and poured over a vintage Boston Commons quilt with lots of fun prints...

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  6. Love all those tea bag messages, it's a very special quilt!

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    1. Hello Linda, I am so glad you found me! I just hopped over to your blog and love it. I am going to link up to your sew snip snap and share. Thanks for your kind words about the big mug quilt, it was so fun to make. Happy Sewing, Jane

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