This and That: Of Course, Quilt Related!

I have two weeks between long distance teaching trips and I get to sew, sew, sew. But I always sew with teaching or publishing in mind. That's the way I'm wired!

Here are a few things that I've been playing with. First, a tea pot that will be offered as part of my Tea Party Block of the Month. It's an add-on, so I am thinking of adding a set of letters to spell "Tea Party" to go with it. These fabrics are from Windham a few years back: Mimosa.

Vintage pattern of a tea pot, made with the Mimosa Collection
This is the same fabric used in my Coffee Cups paper pieced patterns. Remember those?

Paper Pieced Coffee Cups (7")
I have already cut out the Cream and Sugar Bowl appliqués for the April Tea Party blocks using the small green print to go with this pot. So cute! Here is a teaser using my block from 2005:

Cream and Sugar appliqué blocks for April
Have you visited my Tea Party page on Facebook? We have almost 250 members and it's only about these blocks and appliqué. No "trolls" are allowed (and I've had some very weird requests!). I'm the Admin and I can banish anyone who misbehaves. It's all about quilting!

Windham Fabrics asked me to design something to go with an upcoming collection. It's called Sunflower Market. I have been playing with a variety of hexagon blocks and came up with this. I used a Benartex collection from last year (Chicks on the Run) to sew up a prototype. What do you think?

Sunflower Double Star

I've also been revisiting one of my all-time favorite paper piecing pattern, Metropolitan Home Star. Here is a sneak peek of what I hope to reveal this coming Wednesday (Windham Wednesdays)

Metropolitan Home Star - just the start!
7" paper pieced units for one Metropolitan Home Star block
If you click the links, you will see several quilts made with this pattern (on Craftsy). I can't wait for the reveal. I squeezed the life out of about 10 fat quarters and I'm hoping what's inside my head will work in fabric! Come back on Wednesday to see.

I rediscovered a pattern I designed 10 years ago. I shared one of the small quilts last week. Here are the units to my Divided Diamonds 18" block. I'm almost finished with this quilt and will share it next week sometime. I squeaked the life out of my fabrics in order to get a complete block. Lots of calculating that went on!

Divided Diamonds units (missing two)

One more thing. I shared a postcard I made using a tea pot and tea cup made with my embroidery machine many years ago. My Facebook members thought it was cool, especially the way I pinked the edges with my rotary cutter. It has one of those speciality blades. What do you think?

Tea Pot and Cup in a postcard
Hope to see you back here on Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I really like the Sunflower Double Star. I like the postcard too.


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