Tuesday, October 27, 2009

White and Red Wednesday Tea Quilt

Its Wednesday, the middle of the week!  Today I decided to participate in Rednesday along with White Wednesday, because, well, my quilt is red and white!  Thanks to our hostesses, Kathleen at http://www.fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com  and    Sue at  http://suelovescherries.blogspot.com/ .  Be sure to visit both of these great ladies and all the wonderful contributions in white and red!

I made this Irish chain quilt for a dear friend as a Christmas gift about 3 years ago.  Believe me, by the time I finished it, I had to really talk myself into giving it away!     I did give it to her, and luckily, I have just enough left over fabric to make another one for me.  In fact, my embroidery machine is peddling the needle to the metal as I type!

I found the teacup and teapot embroidery designs on ebay, but they might be on the web as well.  I have seen them embroidered on tea towels and other projects, so they must be available someplace.  Now that I think about it, I think I have the same set in a  multicolor patterns as well…but I really like the red.  I also made it in blue for another dear friend.  I don’t have any more of this  Mary Engelbreit fabric in blue, but I do have the same “FRIENDS” backing in blue, so I just need to find a matching color for the chain.

This is a crib size quilt.  I quilted it using the stitch in the ditch pattern, and some free motion in the center block around the teacups.  The  center block says “Tea for Two, and Two for Tea”, but I forgot to take a picture of it.



The pattern isn’t wavy, as it looks in the photo…I just didn’t have it laying down flat…it was stretched across a chair, as seen in the first photo above,  and was a little saggy here and there, so the squares look like they’re uneven, but they aren’t.




This is the back.  Its also from the Mary Engelbreit '”FRIENDS” collection. Isn’t it the sweetest fabric? 

I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of the entire back of the quilt…its so pretty when you see it all opened out.



I also purchased some beautiful white linen napkins at my favorite thrift store last week, however, I haven’t found the perfect light to get the embroidered edges to show up well.  I’ll keep trying so I can show them to you next week…they’re beautiful.  I also have quite a bit of red in my house, so I’ll be back with more peeks into my tea cottage…  The temperature is finally coming down a little, and the wind is blowing, knocking the leaves off the trees, so it looks like fall is finally here in the bay area…perfect tea drinking weather.  I hope you’ll come back for another visit, and join me for a cup of tea and fellowship…its so nice to have a little tea with friends, even if its via blogging. 

Thanks for stopping by!

God bless you all.  Please continue to pray for our troops, especially since we have such a dilemma in our military…cover our young men and women with your prayers, and pray for their families, too…and please continue to pray for Debbie Ragan, that God will comfort her after the loss of her beautiful Amy Dawn.  Several blogging friends have written beautiful tributes to Amy…I hope you will be able to read them. 



  1. Mary
    That is gorgeous. i would never have the patience to do something that big..

    barbara jean

  2. OMG Mary,
    What a gorgeous quilt, you really did a fabulous job on it! Kudos to you, I just love it! Cindy

  3. I love that quilt! It is beautiful!

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Oh, Mary, your quilt is so beautiful, and how touching that you made something so wonderful for a friend! They must have been thrilled to get something so special! And then to think of all the time you put into it too. It really is beautiful and it's really a work of art.

    This was a nice visit! And I'm always amazed at the creative talents in blogland!

    I did read some tributes to Amy, and I had been following her struggle on other blogs, and Debbie and her family are in my prayers.
    As are our men and women serving in the military.

    And it's so good of you to remind us. Sometimes I get so occupied with my own 'busyness' throughout the day, it's nice to stop here and read about what really matters in life.
    Love and Prayers,

  5. Hi Mary,
    I love the quilt you made for your friend- I am sure she treasures it! The reverse side is even beautiful.
    Take care,

  6. LOVE IT!! I do have an obsession with red too.
    Ha!! Ha! Now the blue and white oh my goodness.
    You go gal!
    Love the tea themed embroidery squares!!

  7. Mary, This is probable one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. WOW! You are so talented. I have about 50 old hankies that I want to make a quilt with for my granddaughter, it's just about finding the time to do it. Now I know who to ask questions to if need :)

  8. Oh Mary, your quilt is just so pretty! I absolutely love it! The teacups and the red are just so sweet and I love the back too. It really is one of the nicest I've seen! Wish I could sew/quilt!! Happy REDnesday.


  9. Hi Mary....What a BEAUTIFUL quilt! You did a wonderful job on it and the embroidery really sets it off! I also LOVE the backing fabric! I need to make my recent granddaughter a quilt since I made the other quilts of their own. I just have to get my head into it! Have a great day, Mary!~Hugs, Patti

  10. I love 2 color quilts and am a HUGE fan of redwork. Your quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!


  11. Oh my goodness Mary!!! I don't know if I am going to be able to express just how much I LOVE this quilt. I love quilts in the first place..LOVE them...just so colorful and warm and personal and homey...but this one is just flst out GORGEOUS...I LOVE the fabric you have for the backing. Truthfully I haven't seen a quilt with the teacups on it like that and what a wonderful ides that is. I LOVE that too. What a gift that had to be for your friend!! I can't think of a better one. Even the fabric on the back saying friends etc., added to the feel of this. I always wanted to learn to quilt, but never did get into it. You are one talented lady!! Oh yeah, did I mention that I LOVED this yet?? Have a wonderful day. Blessings to you, Debbie

  12. Lovely quilt, what great work you do. I have tried to quilt before....forget it. It looks like a two year old made it.

  13. Oh, Mary I just love it. You did a great job and it is so beautiful.


  14. Oh my goodness, that quilt is gorgeous! I can't even imagine how hard it must be to pour all of that hard work into a quilt, only to give it away. That's so generous! My sister has given me two quilts that she made for me. Thank goodness, because a quilter I am not!
    Happy Rednesday!

  15. Gorgeous! I love all the embroidery!

  16. Hi Mary...

    Ohhh my...this is really one of the prettiest quilts that I've ever seen...of course, I love red and I love teapots...so with this fabulous combination...it really just doesn't get much better! Hehe! I love all the Mary Engelbreit fabrics...the fabric that you used for the back is just precious! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE all that red embroidery...such pretty teapots!!! Your friend was very blessed to receive such a fabulous gift! I bet the blue was pretty too!

    Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous quilt with us today...what a sweet treat!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design
    PS...I am remembering Amy's family in my prayers, my friend!

  17. Hi Mary,

    This is just gorgeous! I can't imagine doing all that work, then giving it away. Lucky friend!
    thanks for sharing it with us!


  18. Beautiful quilt love your work.

  19. Dear Mary,
    Luv it
    luv it
    luv it!!!
    How cute this is!
    Red and white are great colors together and you have a wonderful quilt here.
    Glad you've shared.
    Also, like the way you have closed your post with remembering to pray.
    Tis good,

  20. What a cute quilt!!
    Who can blame you for making one for yourself :o) I'm hoping to get a sewing machine for my next birthday...but I want one that will quilt too :o)

  21. What a beautiful quilt Mary. I love the red and white, and of course the teapots and teacups too!! What a great piece for snuggling under on these chilly fall days.

  22. Beautiful. She must be a VERY dear friend.

  23. Beautiful quilt!
    I started one once.
    It is still in a bag. alas.

  24. Nice idea to mix it! Pretty red-and-white-combinations!
    I'm joining the White Wednesday again, too.
    Warm regards from Austria, Traude

  25. Oh, my goodness, Mary! This quilt is so beautiful! I've never seen anything like this. Your embroidery is so prettty! I love the red and white you've used. The back side fabric is adorable. It would even look cute placed on this side too! Love Love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  26. Oh, that quilt is fabulous Mary! I've never seen the red and white Englebreit fabric before!

    The wind has dropped tree limbs all over town yesterday and today, including on my little iron fence I workd so hard to put up! five cars got hit by a big limb where hubby works and my BIL's new gazebo got blown over. Stay in and safe!

  27. Your quilt is beautiful and I love that darling material. I have some quilts I need to finish for christmas. Seeing yours make me want to get back to mine.

    come by for visit

  28. Hi Mary,
    Oh I just love your quilt, it's beautiful. Very lucky friend indeed!

  29. Mary! Your quilt is amazing. I'm a HUGE quilt fan (I don't quilt, but I have quite a few), and that is a very, very pretty one. Great work!

    If you get a chance, pop on over and see what I've been doing with burlap. I'm so excited I could pop!


    Sheila :-)

  30. Your quilt is beautiful, Mary. You did an awesome job!

  31. Dear Mary,
    What a B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L QUILT. I love...love...love it. I love the Mary Englebreit's material...."Just between friends and best friends!" What an heirloom to pass down.
    THANK YOU for all your prayers for Amy and my family....we certainly need them.
    Angel Hugs

  32. What an absolutely gorgeous quilt, Mary. And that backing fabric is wonderful. Mary Englebreit??

  33. I love that beautiful quilt!! You are so nice to do all that work, then give them to friends! (I wanna be your friend!! LOL!)


  34. just found your blog! heart the "just between friends" fabric...too sweet!

  35. Hi Mary,
    The Quilt is so beautiful ! You are a very talented lady , you have done a wonderful job on it . 8~)

  36. Your quilt is just beautiful. I love the tea theme blocks and the red and white color. The ME fabric on the back is great.

  37. Oh, Mary, my jaw dropped down to the floor when I saw the first pic! Your quilt is absolutely stunning! I can't believe you made that - it's soooo beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done!

  38. Mary, your quilt is gorgeous.....how talented you are!!!!! Oh, I just adore it and the color is out of this world. I know your friend was on cloud nine.

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your visit and kind words.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  39. Oh Mary,
    Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I love the red ofcourse because red is my favorite color, and I love Mary Engelbreit because I love cherries. I think this quilt would make a lovely tablecloth draped over the center of your table. I started using quilt cribs and lap quilts for just that. They look so country on there. You did an awesome job sweetie.

    Thank you also for your prayers that you have been sending up. I know the family appreciates each and every one of them. It has been a very hard time for all of us. We will never forget our precious Amy Dawn, and I know she is forever etched in the hearts of so many out there in Blogland. God Bless you each and every one, for the prayers, the lovely cards and thoughts that were expressed each and every day. They were so, so appreciated. Country hugs and love, Sherry

  40. Darling wishing you a safe and sweet halloween.

    Love & Hugs

  41. Hi Mary!
    Thank you for stopping by. Glad you like my new design. No, my sweet Heidi Girl didn't design it, I did, however she would've if I had asked her to. Developing is what I do for a living. I am trying to spend more time working on my blog and less time with my work from home. It is wonderful therapy for me. I love doing it.

    As always thanks for stopping by sweetie. I so love to have you visit. Thank you for your prayers and love. Country hugs and love, Sherry

  42. Oh Mary, I just LOVE this quilt. I have some of the same white fabric you used. AND I just found the Friends fabric on our recent trip to SC. I really did not know what I would do with it, but it was just so pretty. Can't wait to see your next creation.