A Special Gift, Quilted to a ‘Tea’

Shirl's quilt- framed

With the chilling effects of the Polar Vortex that swept most of the USA this past week, here’s a story that’s sure to warm your heart!  Shirl, who works in Accounts Receivables and Customer Service here at Clothworks, brought in this gorgeous quilt that she received as a Christmas gift from her sister, Carolyn, to show & tell the other day.  We just love it when folks bring in show & tell projects or handmade gifts around here- with all the oooo-ing and ahhh-ing,  you’d think the viewers of such items were actually receiving the gifts, themselves!!

As Shirl unfurled her quilt, we were immediately awestruck.  First of all, this was a large quilt (I didn’t catch the dimensions, but I’m betting it fits a King-size).  But secondly, as we all peered up close at and admired the quilt, we couldn’t help be enthralled by the amount of craftsmanship, detail of the piecing and applique, the construction, and the gorgeous quilting that made this just a beautiful masterpiece!

After the ooo’s and ahh’s had dissipated, Shirl began telling the special story that accompanied this quilt.  See that cute little teapot in the middle of the quilt?  That is a paper pieced block that Shirl’s mother constructed 10 years ago in 2003.  Shirl’s mother, along with Shirl’s sister, Carolyn, were part of a Round Robin with a group of 5 other talented quilting gals.  They each made blocks including those cute tea cups and the ribbons, and started from there, working around the center pieced teapot block.

teapot and tea cups

Three years later, Shirl’s mother passed away, leaving many unfinished quilting and sewing projects.  Carolyn finally had the courage to go through these projects a few years later and decided to start completing them.  That’s when she came across the teacup/teapot quilt that had been started as a Round Robin and decided to add more borders and piecing to fit Shirl’s bed.

shirl's quilt- borders

This past summer, when Carolyn was visiting Shirl, Carolyn asked Shirl to pick out a pink fabric from the Clothworks warehouse, which would become the backing to this quilt.  Sneaky sister she is!!  This quilt would become quilted by Mary Landon, an extremely gifted long arm quilter.  Coincidentally, Mary had been a part of this Round Robin 10 years ago.  She couldn’t even remember what part of the piecing she worked on, but she and Carolyn think it might have been the ribbon piecing.  So at long last, this quilt was finally finished with love and given to Shirl, with many memories made and in the making!  Ahhh…now pass me the kleenex!

shirl's quilt label

I tried my best, but I feel like my pictures weren’t capable of capturing the amazing presence of this quilt.  Do head over to long arm quilter Mary Landon’s blog, addicted-to-fabric, to see some more spectacular images and stick around to see all of the gorgeous quilting projects that Mary posts on her prolific blog!  Oh, and that backing fabric was part of the Hug Me line designed by Sue Zipkin released by Clothworks.

Backing- I Heart You- Framed

How about you?  Anyone else receive something as cherished and memorable like this quilt?

3 thoughts on “A Special Gift, Quilted to a ‘Tea’

    • Hi Rachelle,
      Thanks for your comment on this quilt. It sounds like the blocks used in this quilt were mostly made by paper piecing. I wish I could point you in a better direction, but I bet there are some fantastic classes at your local quilt shop or books at your library that could help get you started!

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