Time for Teal part 1

And away we go.

I’ll be starting sewing for the ovarian cancer fundraising quilt next month. For those of you joining me, a few parameters… The quilt will be a grid of 6×6 12 inch (finished size) blocks, just like the quilt the F²F group made for Pat. The colour scheme will follow the theme colour of ovarian cancer, and is teal on a background of cream, beige or light tan. The teals can be varied from light to dark, patterned, textured or plain. I thought it would be fun for all the quilts we make for Ovarian Cancer Australia to name each quilt with a play on the word Teal.

Time for Teal is #1 in the series of however many I am able to manage into the future. And given the name, I’ve decided to have fun with a teatime theme! In addition to the Teal Ribbon block which will be a constant feature of every quilt, I’m considering blocks showing teapots, teacups, mugs, tea cosies, cupcakes, and of course, Dresden plates! These will sit on fairly plain backgrounds in the central section of the quilt, as if on a tablecloth. I think I may edge this section with a teal band to separate it from the blocks around the outside, which will be the patterned ‘tablecloth border’.

Susan Druding teapotPiece by Number cupsThe images shown are teacup and teapot blocks I have previously made and will repeat for this project. Below them is an earlier quilt I made for the CanDo Cancer Trust in New South Wales a couple of years ago, featuring a border of Dresden plates. Again, I’ll repeat the Dresden plate blocks for this project. I offer these images as potential ideas, something to kick off your own inspiration.

Morning Tea quilt

Morning Tea at the Quilting Bee

So far, I have 7 lovely volunteers who have each said they will produce a block or two, and all are welcome to join in. All who join in will be acknowledged on the quilt label. I was quite prepared to make the entire thing myself, but many of you have said you’d like to help, and this is a low commitment, high satisfaction way!

If you’d like to contribute a teacup, teapot, Dresden plate or cupcake block, please remember to keep the background as pale and plain as possible. If you’d like to contribute a border block, go crazy! Make the pattern or design as plain or as interesting as you like. Use as many fabrics as you like. Have fun!

Once I’ve started sewing, I shall post a few blocks to keep you informed of how I’m getting on, and of course I’ll be showing the blocks sent in by everyone else.

Let’s make a thing of beauty and defeat a silent killer.

34 thoughts on “Time for Teal part 1

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    The very best of luck with this worthy cause. I have never made a quilt but I love seeing your progress
    With you in spirit.

  2. What a wonderful project. I will follow this and also eager to see Hat Boxes. 🙂

  3. I’ll do my best. Are you planning to use sashing? Remembering a group quilt I was involved in years ago, I was the one who had to assemble it, and you wouldn’t believe the variation in dimensions between blocks. Perhaps we should border our (slightly oversize) block with cream or teal?????? Then they can be trimmed to fit

  4. Thimberlina says:

    I’m really looking forward to this, more so as it’s for such an amazing cause. I recently took a Craftsy class and it shows Dresden plates so I can’t wait to have a go! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Cool! More tea-plates! And you’re right about the cause. Although I’m a breast cancer survivor myself, I’m giving my time to ovarian cancer firstly because of Pat, but secondly because it doesn’t get nearly as much attention in either people’s minds or in the media, and it’s still a huge and silent killer they can’t screen for yet… They need our help far more, I think.

  5. Conor Bofin says:

    Though there is no chance of my contributing to this Kate, it does have a special place for me. The Wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, two years ago. Thankfully, it was a very early diagnosis and she is still here with us and in good order. It was a pretty tough time all around.
    Great work. I admire you hugely.

    • katechiconi says:

      Conor, you contribute by adding comments such as these. I’m so glad the Wife is doing well after such a fortunate early diagnosis – her doctor was obviously switched on. The symptoms are so various and so seemingly trivial that not enough women pay attention.

  6. Grannymar says:

    I agree with Conor. Kate you do more good that you ever realise. Keep tealing!

  7. tialys says:

    How strictly are we interpreting ‘teal’? A true teal is a really hard colour to find.

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  9. kymlucas says:

    I love the tea time theme! Thanks once again for taking on this project.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s going to be fun! And OCA are really glad to get some extra help; everyone’s heard of breast cancer and supports it, but ovarian cancer needs public attention.

  10. I will participate too, of course!

  11. rutigt says:

    I will sew a block or two, but you´ll have to wait till after Easter holydays! Hope that is ok!! 🙂 No teapot for me, I´ve decided to go crazy!!

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  14. You do wonderful work. Looking forward to seeing the outcome.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve had such a lot of generous support from others. I think this quilt is going to be wonderful, and I hope I can keep the momentum going to produce one amazing quilt a year for this most worthy of causes.

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