What do tea leaves, tea pots and candy have in common?  Tat Days, of course!  And Tat Days is only 25 days away!  This year’s theme is “Tatting, Tea and Toffee”  making the connection to the riddle easier to recognize!  This year The Thread Bears took on the task of creating a quilted wall hanging to be auctioned off at the conference.  Proceeds from the auction will go to the scholarship fund to help subsidize participants in need attend the conference in the future.


TeaPotWe started with a quilt blank handed to us at last year’s gathering.  The theme was easy enough, but bringing it all together would be more challenging.  A Martha Ess teapot from her pattern book “Tea is for Tatting” was a necessary part of the design certainly.  We chose her Shamrock Teapot  from page 30 as our central piece.


Not wanting to cover the entire 24 – inch white square with tatting, we looked to a fabric motif that meet the theme and also cover part of the area.  It was just before Christmas, and the fabric store was filled with festive apron panels.  One such apron panel contained a border of cups.  They appeared to hold steaming hot liquids  with piles of whipped topping.   It seemed to be a perfect addition to the quilt as it had a brown border and plenty of opportunity for adding tatted embellishments to the images.


Teacup border










Jill's Teapot #2 Jill's Teapot #1


As a group we created 2 of Martha’s Tiny Square Teapots from page 13.  We had used the pattern taught by Patty Markley at Shuttlebirds Tatting Conference as a lesson in chains only tatting.  Two of these leaves along with 4 of Mary Donohue’s leaf pattern were put together to create Tea Leaves for the corners.


Shonn's Leaves in Cranberry Bush Size 20

That left finding a way to pull it all together.  With a bright white center and a brown-and-cream border, finding a way to blend in the reds and greens required a delicate eye.  Green rickrack in the proper color was impossible to find.  But cream rickrack was available in every fabric store.  And that was the perfect transition from the border to the center.  Jill labored over finding the right edging to make the border festive.  Her yardage of a simple edging in Cranberry Bush that tied the greens and reds of the border with the bright white and dark tan of the quilt blank.  The corners look like this:



Jill's edging in Cranberry Bush


That left only the toffee aspect of the theme.  We used the toffee pattern created for this year’s conference and made them as both toffee and cinnamon candies.  These would serve as fillers around the space.  We also created 3 block-tatted teabags as white tea, green tea and black teas to help finish out the hanging.




Cinnamon Candy Toffee Candy


3 TeaBags







Oh?   the Final Quilt?  it looks like this!    Finished Tea HangingCan’t wait for Tat Days!

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