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.

The Secret Revealed

These were for a gift, so I couldn’t post about them before.

Susan Druding teapot

The border is actually a mid-dark green, not black as it appears in this photo; it tones well with the leaves in the teapot print.

Piece by Number cups

The willow pattern fabric was an obvious choice; it was a gift from Viv* when I was making the Worldwide Friends quilt, and I had some left.

One of my blogging friends, Dale from the blog Ella Dee, has just moved from Sydney to mid-north coast New South Wales, to a tiny township deep in the countryside. She and her husband are taking the plunge into a calmer, saner life in a wonderful old house.

I missed getting them to her before the move itself, which was just before Christmas (as if the festive season wasn’t mad enough!), so I wanted to get these ready in time for the start of the New Year as well as their New Life.

We’ll be visiting them early next year, but I didn’t want to wait, and I didn’t want her to wait, so they’ve gone off in the mail today. If Dale sees them here, well, it won’t be long till the real things arrive, and there’s a fair chance she won’t spot them before they arrive anyway!

In case you’re interested, the cups are a free paper piecing pattern from Piece by Number, and there are three other styles too, all 4″ blocks, so perfect for mug rugs. The teapot is another free pattern, designed by Susan Druding, and is an 8″ block, which I thought would make a very good sized tea or coffee pot heat pad. There are actually two teapot patterns in the link; I preferred the taller design. Lots of fiddly small bits, and my quilting is a tiny bit, um, organic, but I don’t think their new owners will be bringing out the ruler to check! It was all done freehand and at speed, hence the slight wobbliness.

Tomorrow I take the plunge back into The Cloths of Heaven. It’s time to start cutting the 240 coloured squares that will form the wide border around the central landscape. I shall enjoy arranging the squares considerably more than the pressing and cutting, but once it’s done, it’s done. 4 long side pieces and 4 square corner pieces to be made up: cut, stitched, sandwiched and quilted, then attached to the central panel with sashing strips.

After that, there’s one last big job. The outer border with the yoyos. Lots and lots of yoyos…