Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Quilts in Leiya's room

For no other reason than a couple people asked about it, here is a picture of a coffee cup quilt that I made quite a few years ago from a pattern in the magazine American Patchwork and Quilting 1996 April issue. I really enjoyed making this and recommend it as a fairly easy pattern with lots of potential for scraps and fussy cutting. It was just fun to find a small piece of fabric with a design that I probably wouldn't use elsewhere, and make an original coffee cup. I used animal scraps, brights, a piece of border fabric, Santa Claus. Where I didn't have enough of a scrap for the whole cup and saucer I made a complimenting saucer and handle. I think three other friends made this at the same time and all the quilts came out well. One lady used somber prints and it looked like an elegant antique coffee cup set. The buttonhole appliqued "steam" was taken directly from the pattern too but I love the little hearts that evaporate into the room. This quilt should be in the dining room I suppose but right now it is in Leiya's room and it really brightens a corner.

Another quilt in Leiya's room this month is from a pattern I ordered from Paper Panache a couple of years ago. PP has a free mystery paper piecing project that is on the website each month and you don't know what the block is until you piece it together. I did that for awhile (I go in spurts. There was one year when I only did paper piecing!) but actually I found the site after this mystery had been posted and taken down. I was so disappointed! I just had to have this pattern! (Cats you know...) So I waited maybe 6 months until one day it was introduced as a pattern for sale and with no hesitation whatever I ordered the pattern. You can actually replace the cat in the chair with a little dog but of course I wanted the cat! After all my craving for the pattern I put it aside for a couple more months until last year our cat Velvet escaped and disappeared for 5 days. I mourned over that cat but on the 5th morning he returned none the worse! I spent the rest of the day making this quilt in honor of Velvet's return and I love it all the more.


Shelina said...

Tanya, these are both gorgeous quilts. I thought the cat one was applique and not paper piecing. It looks like a lot of work.

Ulla said...

A cup of tea and a sweet little cat make the day much brighter.
Ulla in the north of Sweden

Nadine said...

Cute, cute, cute ! I'll try the coffee cups, some day, (I'm a coffee addict !), it would be nice in my kitchen !


(Tanya, could you e-mail me about "the surprise gift? THANKS)

The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for sharing - the coffee cup quilt is so not what I pictured... But I still like it! (I thought it was all Oriental prints... I guess I was putting my designs into it...) Love the paper pieced cat room, but I detest papaer piecing, so I'll just have to admire your version. :o)

(My boy got lost for 36 hours, I was beside myself the whole time, but my girl was happy as a clam, literally thanking me for getting rid of him! When I found him, he was hiding - he got the short end of some other cats stick - but the vet cleaned him up & gave him fluids.)

The Calico Cat said...

Is that a cat mug below the steaming mug?

marisa said...

Beautiful quilts( made with love ). Ciao

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Very pretty quilts, I recognize the coffee cups pattern. I just love the story of Velvet's safe return... what a precious tribute.