Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Tea Time Block Completed

In the Tea Time DYB round robin that I am in for Crazy Quilting International, I have been working on the block for Lorrie.  This was great fun, because Lorrie had pieced each of the blocks around a cross-stitched teacup and saucer.  Each block also had a hankie corner already pieced in, and Lorrie sent along another corner and challenged us to come up with a clever way to use it in the block.

So, above is the completed block.  At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate the pink and yellow of the hankie with the violets on the cup, but I just made room for it all and it seemed to work out.    I’ve used that treatment below - the hand charm holding something -  before.  I like to attach it with gold beading thread, then add bead bracelets to further anchor it.

In the top right corner, I used Carole Samples templates to mark the lines to stitch, then added some of Grandma’s buttons with bead tails.  The flowers above it are a mix of vintage millinery,  crochet, organdy and a lace tidbit.  I love mixing it up!

The corner of the hankie below the teacup was given a silk ribbon rose and buds, plus beaded violets and a leafy vine.  The lace above is some venice lace that I dyed with potassium permanganate.

I have two blocks for the Birds RR here to do, but one is for March and one is for April, so I will start on  one of them in the next day or two.  Tomorrow I have to begin packing my fabric packs and basic stitching supplies for the CQ Adventure.  And I will probably make a cameo appearance at work, too, LOL.

Cathy maroon


  1. Go Girlfriend!!!! Off to write you now... Ger

  2. Aww!!So dainty, and sweet.Good work.

  3. just beautiful Kathy, I love the way you used the hanky, and the little fairy is adorable!

  4. I like the way how Lorrie have pieced this block with the napkins and the seams visible.
    Your work makes it super Cathy!

  5. I love this block!!! It is really the prettiest block I have seen. I keep telling myself I will start to quilt, especially CQ because I love adding the embellishments. Alas I have so many irons in the fire I just dont get to it. I do enjoy visiting your site.

  6. Cathy
    I love the way you used the hankie! It looks like it goes from the bottom through the back and then out through the hand. You do beauitful work!!

  7. As usual - WOW! Gorgeous work Cathy! You are such an inspiration to us lesser mortals, lol ;-)

  8. That hanky is so beautiful it makes me want to cry. I love all the work you do on tea time blocks. This one is just wonderful!!

  9. You integrated the yellow and pink and lavender perfectly! Love the hand. I have one of those somewhere...

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