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.