Wonky Teacups and Wild Colors

The countdown continues!

Finish number eight was this year’s camp quilt project. As I have mentioned, each summer, I take all the stuff for one major project to camp, so I don’t have to schlep it back and forth every weekend. For this summer’s project, I chose Wonky Teacups, which I started over ten years ago. The pattern (actual title “We’re allowed ten minutes for tea”) is by Australian pattern and fabric designer Jan Mullen, and it’s available on patternspot.com. Funky, wild, bright – what’s not to love?!

dsc00751Way back when, I had made just a few of the many cups, plates and jugs, and had amassed a sizable stash of the loudest geometric prints I could find. The piecing is improvisational, and totally forgiving – perfect for the casual attitude I take when camp-quilting! It was lots of fun watching it take shape as more and more sections began to fill up the design wall in my tiny camp sewing nook.

As soon as it was done, off it went to my friend Linda, a longarm quilter. She used an edge-to-edge design that looks like steam rising from the cups – a great choice!

And now it is hanging in my studio, in place of the useless and annoying sliding closet doors. Turns out it was the perfect size, and could not have fit better if I had planned it that way!

And number nine got finished while I was on a retreat with some friends at East Hill Farm In Troy, NH, overlooking Mount Monadnock. The view was great, still showing some color after a glorious foliage season.monadnock

This project was the 2013 block-of-the-month from my favorite LQS, Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH. I had done 11 of the 12 blocks. After deciding how I wanted to do sashing and borders (NOT following the pattern, of course…), I found that I needed more of the background fabric – and thank goodness, my LQS came through for me! YAY!!


The background is actually a deep eggplant purple. Not  a great photo, but you get the idea. It sets off the bright, saturated colors in the blocks beautifully, and is so much more interesting than plain old black would have been. And it’s just a “flimsie” – an unquilted top – because that’s as far as I planned to go with it for now. So while it’s not DONE-done, I’m calling it a UFO finish-for-now. My goal, my rules, so don’t judge, OK?

Now, I’m not kidding myself. I’m not going to get three more UFOs done between now and New Year’s. My goal of twelve was rather ambitious. But I might make one more happen, for a nice even ten – a round and healthy number that I can be proud of.

Did any of you set a goal like mine? If you did, leave a comment and let me know how you are progressing. Sharing our intentions and our successes is good for us all!

Thanks for stopping by – Happy stitching!

4 thoughts on “Wonky Teacups and Wild Colors

  1. Hi Judy! I also made a commitment to finish several UFO’s…6 tops now quilted, (thanks Melissa!) 2 binding repairs on older quilts, oh and throw in 2 STAT baby quilts. I have several more in the”think about” stage, a few “percolating”, and always several mindless hand piecing/applique. Love your finishes…feels good doesn’t it? Merry Christmas to you and Charlie…miss you!! Love Deb

    • Way to go, Deb! Finishing things DOES feel good. Hope you are well and happy, and I wish a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Miss seeing you around, keep hoping to see you pop in at an open sew sometime! Wish you could bottle your energy and enthusiasm and sell it, I’d buy a gallon! The quilt you just finished looks fascinating, the type you keep looking at and seeing something new. We are still enjoying the benefits of the neatly folded fabrics in out SCQG cupboard, well, most of it anyway, and think of you often!! Have a wonderful Christmas and please stop by if you are in the area sometime. My cell # is 978-302-4003. The cupboard is alive and well, by the way 🙂 Thanks for all your generous donations over the years ! Your Mom’s green split rail quilt found a home just recently!

    • Great hearing from you, Doris! I sure do miss my friends from Squanicook, and I love seeing what you are all up to on Facebook. Keep up the great work with the Cupboard, and Merry Christmas to all!

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