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.