Time for Teal part 3

More squishies arrived in the post!

Two lovely geometric blocks came from Claire in France, and I know blocks of all sorts are on the way from other generous donors. This quilt is going to be totally stunning!

T4T collage 3And I’ve been busy myself: two Dresden Plates, one large and one small (my own simple designs), and a really beautiful pattern designed by Cath at Wombat Quilts called ‘Adventure Star’ – it’s free to download so if you fancy giving it a try, head over there. It’s just a little tricky, mainly because of the small pieces meeting in the centre, but it’s not at all hard – good preparation is the key.

Next on the menu for me is a whole bunch of cups, saucers, teapots and an amazing gateau on a cake stand designed by Esther. She’s been a complete superstar and has totally got on board with this project, and if you go over and click on her Craftsy shop, you’ll soon be able to find a whole bunch of tea-time related paper piecing patterns: cups, teapots, coffee pots, cupcakes, mugs, teaspoons, cake slices, and the gateau I’ll be making. Not all her patterns are free, but some are, and I believe she’s planning to offer free patterns if the user will donate a block for this or a future Ovarian Cancer auction quilt. She’s a wonderful ally in this very important cause, and I’m eternally grateful to her.

There are other patterns I’ll be using too, and I’ll give the designer’s name and link when I show them. I think it’s important to do this, because if the designer is generous enough to make free patterns available to people, their kindness should be acknowledged.

If you’d like to get involved and contribute a block, there’s still time. I will very shortly have enough cup, saucer, cake and teapot blocks, but will still need about 10 more Dresden Plates, both large and small (large being 10 or 11 inches across on the 12.5 inch background and small being 6-9 inches across on the 12.5 inch background), and I still need at least 15 more border blocks of generic design – anything so long as it is 12.5 inches square unfinished, and predominantly teal on a cream, white or light tan/beige background. I’m fully prepared and have the time to do them all myself, but if you’d like to help, your contribution will be most welcome and will be acknowledged on the quilt label on the back. And if your block doesn’t make it into this year’s quilt, don’t worry, I’ll be making one each year for Ovarian Cancer Australia until I physically can’t do it any more.

Right, I think it’s time for cake… by which, of course, I mean the gateau block, not the edible stuff, sadly!

36 thoughts on “Time for Teal part 3

  1. claire93 says:

    oooh love your “Adventure Star” and have just visited Wombat Quilts . . . more patterns to add to the ring binder lol

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a beauty, isn’t it? She has such an amazing collection of free blocks, especially stars, and she’s so generous to make them freely available. One of my favourite blogs to follow!

  2. claire93 says:

    btw Kate, what quality paper do you use for paper piecing?

  3. tialys says:

    I’m glad Claire’s blocks have arrived – I know she was worried about them. Mine have ‘departed France’ which is useful!! I don’t know how they can charge for tracked postage and then not seem to know where it is at any one time. Tant pis! I’m sure it will be with you soon. I love Esther’s designs – the cake one especially – and she is so generous with her work as others have been too. You are right – this quilt is going to be a stunner!

  4. Beautiful piecing. This is going to be a stunner!

  5. I could manage a Dresden if that would help. Are you working with a particular template or pattern to help me match the others? It would not be a crazy fast turnaround. Would that be ok?

    • katechiconi says:

      No template, and no matching required. Just whatever you like in shades of teal on a cream or beige or lightly patterned background at 12.5″ square. The quilt only has to be ready for the auction in September, and I have about a third of the 50 or so blocks I need ready, so there’s no need for speed. We’d love to have your contribution!

  6. Lynda says:

    I’m so excited about seeing this project when it is done. The blocks so far are just stunning!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m currently working on a block for it which looks so innocent and simple, but is driving me bonkers. Still, I’ll have a great sense of achievement when it’s done… I have a great pile of printouts of paper pieced patterns (ooh, *love* that alliteration!) waiting for my attention, and I’m trying to get at least one done a day if it’s simple, and every other day if it’s tricky. So far, so good!

  7. I just love all the blues !

  8. I have one block completed and another nearly done. The one with the dresden is not completely dresden. It’s a bit different. The other is just a 9 patch. I have enough scraps to maybe do another of some sort. So, maybe there’ll be 3 coming instead of two. I’d love to have tea pot and cup patterns.
    And, what is epp? As I’ve said before I’ve been quilting a long time but I make my kind of quilts. I don’t know all of the jargon and terms. But I know how to quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can email you teapot and cup patterns as they’re free to use, but as I said in the post, I’ll shortly have enough for this quilt, so not for this quilt, please? Your dresden will be very welcome however it looks. EPP is English Paper Piecing. It’s where you baste fabric around a stiff paper or card shape, like hexagons or diamonds, and then stitch them together edge to to edge, remove the basting and papers and there you go, perfect shapes. This link shows you a finished example of one I made last year:

      • I don’t know if you’ll get them in the next week or so or not. How long does it take? The information that you sent me came in about a week. Will it take longer to get to you?

      • katechiconi says:

        It should be about the same length of time, 2-3 weeks, or about 7-10 working days. But don’t worry, there’s no rush; this quilt doesn’t need to be finished till September. I’ll send you some tea cup and saucer photocopies at some stage so you have them for the future.

      • Well I’m finishing the third block now. It’s a scrappy strip block. If you don’t like it you can throw it away. I haven’t figured out how to pay photos on my blog yet and I’m trying to learn how to check posts. I found this kinda by accident 😊. I stopped and finished the block so hopefully tomorrow I’ll put them in the mail.

      • Thank you. Blessings

      • I understand. And, the message I sent should say post not pay. The information you sent only took 6 days to get here.

  9. rutigt says:

    Love all the blocks!! Wish I could help you more, but TIME is flying and I don´t know where it goes 🙂 Or is that an awful excuse? 🙂

  10. Thimberlina says:

    Wow, this is going to look amazing, really enjoying your updates 😃

  11. Emmely says:

    This is really shaping up very nicely. Looking forward to seeing the whole quilt assembled!

  12. Debbierose says:

    Amazing Kate, looks awesome

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s getting there! I spent most of yesterday torturing myself with a paper pieced stack of saucers, and half of today with a paper pieced stack of cups (not yet done). Thank goodness I can choose a different theme for next year!

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