Lady Bug teapot
I volunteer at the Downtown Senior Center in Wichita and sometimes I get to take part in something really special. Last week we had a Tea Party for Mothers. What fun!
As part of the event, I had the chance to share with them a large number of teapots from my collection. That was extra fun for me. What good is a collection of something if for the most part you are the only one who ever sees it? So I cleaned them up and toted some of my favorites for the afternoon party. The photo above highlights my newest one, a Lady Bug (her antennae wiggle too). Isn’t she darling?
The tea party attendees got the chance to try different kinds of hot teas from a local shop, The Spice Merchant. And there were blueberry scones, Scottish shortcake cookies, and lots of other goodies to go along with the tea.
Added to the eating and drinking, most of the ladies shared memories of their mothers. And we learned about each other as well. To end the event, a local retired pastor played several favorite hymns on the accordion. I hadn’t really been up close to an accordion before so it was interesting to see how it works as he played it.
Little girls have tea parties…but it was very special to be part of one for adults. The only thing that could have made it better was to have shared the time with my own mother. But she was there in my heart and my memories.
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I’ve finished another of my art quilt projects and it was an interesting process. I call this one my Village Quilt, with a surprise.
The idea for it came from a small 2-dimensional picture my sister had. I most enjoy doing quilt projects of places I’ve been to or that mean something to me personally. I’ve been to villages similar to this one when my daughter and I visited the UK a few years back. So I had to try to figure out how to turn it into an art quilt.
The first step was to take a picture of it and then blow it up and print it as a 4-sheet poster. Then I traced the basic shapes, decided on what fabrics to use, and cut my fabric pieces from those.
Then I made a basic quilt background with several shades of off-white to build up my picture from there. Next I placed the basic pieces and machine sewed them on. Because I wanted to make certain elements stick out as multidimensional, I didn’t sew down the roofs of the two houses. I carefully put stuffing into those areas of the houses, and then finished sewing the roofs in place.
After adding a lot of details with decorative stitches, I thought I was about finished with the project. And then my brother-in-law suggested adding a dragon. Of course he was teasing. But I thought that would give an extra element of fun. Plus my sister thought I needed a swan in the river, which I also added.
This is my finished project. Everyone who has seen it thinks it is great fun.