So, life's a little rough around here at the moment, for reasons I won't go into. No one in crafty quilty blog land likes hearing things like that - everything is supposed to be sunshine and roses, gorgeous fabrics and beautiful sewing rooms and perfect projects. Who knew?
Anyway to cheer myself up a bit, I was thinking about my last post about Floydie and thinking that I have always wanted a community quilt - a quilt with blocks made by others. Believe it or not no one has ever made me a quilt except my mum! So I thought I would finally launch an idea I actually had last year and I was going to do for my 40th, and never got around to it. I'm going to ask you guys to make me a quilt!
The idea is this. If you would like to participate and make a block for me, I am going to use the teacup block from my quilt, All That and the Hatter in Hand Quilted With Love. This is a quilt I wanted to make bigger at the time I made it, and just ran out of moments to get it done.
The teapots are a very fiddly affair so I won't ask you to make those!! :D Just a cup please. If you would like to participate and don't own the book, no problem, just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy of the teacup pattern. If you already have the book, please drop me an email anyway when you're ready to send your block and I will give you my address!
*You will need four fabrics for the block - two for the striped background, one for the cup and one for the handle and saucer.
*Please use a patterned fabric for the cup, and a small graphic like a spot or a thin stripe for the base and handle.
*I don't mind wether you hand applique or machine applique the handle of the cup, that's up to you.
*The pieced background is made from solids, you need two contrasting solids of the same colour - two contrasting greens, two pinks etc. as shown in my quilt.
*The background fabrics need to have contrast with your cup and handle so that we can see all your lovely work (ie. don't have a pink cup and a pink background).
*There are some pattern issues in this book despite every effort from myself and editors. Please see the errata page for issues with other patterns - for this pattern, please DON'T use the template for the small triangle. Instead, cut a 1 7/8" square and cut it in half to get the 1 1/2" triangles for the bottom of the cup. The template is too wide.
*Please use clear colours for the block, and please sign it along one of the seams either in a permanant fabric pen or embroidery or whatever so I know who made it when the quilt is all sewn up.
So. What's in it for you?
Everyone who makes a block and sends it will go into the running for a prize pack from me, containing a Fat Quarter bundle of my next (as yet unreleased) fabric range for Spotlight, Millefiori, as well as some other nice little bits and pieces. I am happy to post anywhere in the world to the winner. There will be two prize packs up for grabs. I will also send the pattern for the quilt free via email after I make it to everyone who participated, as the blocks will be set differently etc. and I'm planning a few extra details too.
So I hope that having a virtual cup of tea together sounds fun to you all! The Quilt Along will stay open until December 1, so you have a while to make the blocks. Please tell your friends, and if you decide to make some teacups too or even start your own teacup community quilt, make sure and link me to your blog post or whatever you're up to so I can spread the word and let everyone see your work. And of course I would send you a block if you're doing a community quilt of your own!
Happy Tuesday everyone.