Sunday, October 24, 2021

Tea Quilt Is A Top--One Monthly Goal MET!!

Auditioning elements
The book, "For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History" by Sarah Rose, is about how Robert Fortune, a man of Scottish descent, stole the tea plants and turned the tea market from Chinese to English. It was interesting to read how Fortune did the stealing as well as how long it took him to do it!

Using the sliding glass door as a light box
To begin, I thought that I would draw a tea plant. I made some sketches; but, Gertie, my inner squirrel, encouraged me to come up with a design that I could finish sooner. For several weeks, I thought about all the miles the man walked, the ships he traveled as well as the ships the tea traveled. On a whim, I googled the Chinese translation for tea. I thought that the shapes were interesting. I enlarged the translation to fill an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of copy paper. I printed the design. I had a start!

Refining possibilities
Next, I searched my stash for a background fabric. Thanks to Gertie, it was a short search. She whispered in my ear about this blue fabric. I bought it at a stash bazaar sale at least seven years ago because of the woven Chinese shapes in the pattern, because it was blue and because it was a linen/cotton blend. I hadn't quilted with a linen/cotton blend. I placed my printed copy of the design on the fabric.

Looking at the combination, especially, considering the shapes as black fabric filled me with anticipation. Still, I needed something else; but, I didn't know what. A month went by, then another, I was stuck. Either I wasn't hearing Gertie's ideas or she was stuck too. I thought again about what Fortune would have seen in China. 

I took a trip to China about ten years ago. I thought about the landscape, the food and the marketplace. I remembered the silk brocade fabrics I brought home with me. For an earlier project, I had pieced some crazy blocks using those silks as well as some other silks in my stash. I pulled those blocks and arranged them around the blue background. 

Assembling the borders
Gertie liked one row of blocks as a border. I did too. Once we determined the one row border, I knew how large to cut the blue background. 

While I liked the arrangement, I needed the character to be larger. Using my embroidery software, I enlarged the character to a size I thought would allow for background quilting and for a border. I used freezer paper and traced the applique shapes. I fused the freezer paper to the wrong side of black fabric. For this project, I finger pressed the seam allowance for the applique using the freezer paper as a guide. Then I hand stitched a running stitch next to the edge of the freezer paper so that when I needle turned the applique pieces, the pieces would retain their shape and size.

To ensure that I had placed the applique pieces in the right place, I used my sliding glass door as a light box. I placed the paper template on the glass and added my fabric. To keep the applique pieces from shifting, I applied tiny dots of Elmer's school glue to the back of the pieces. It worked; but, the glue dried white which was visible on the black

Finished top
applique pieces! After I needle turned the pieces, I sprayed the applique with water and the glue disappeared.

Once the applique was finished, I assembled the borders and attached them. I did stabilize the silk before I cut out the pieces; but, it was still slippery! A finished top is wonderful! Even better, I finished my one monthly goal! (OMG) I am linking to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - October Finish Link-up

The reveal of projects for the book is Tuesday which is two days away. I've pieced a back, layered and pin basted the project. I've begun quilting; but, likely I won't be finished by the reveal which is okay. Our group has few rules and sharing a finished project isn't one of the rules! I'll share whatever the state that it is in!

I'm linking to Cynthia and Oh Scrap/Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Unity with its ribbons
Regarding COVID:

Worldwide: 243M cases; 4.94M deaths

United States: 45.4M cases; 736K deaths

Oregon: 358K cases; 4,284 deaths

The big news in the U.S. is that the FDA cleared Moderna as a booster and stated that one can mix vaccines. If you had Johnson and Johnson, you could get a Phizer or Moderna booster. I'll be going with whatever the hospital determines. 

Thursday, I attended my first big event---the Clark County Quilters Northwest Quiltfest quilt show-- since the pandemic. I arrived just as the show opened. I walked through the presentation of 350 quilts and 30 vendors quickly. There were beautiful and amazing quilts. 

Ribbon acknowledgement
I was shocked to find that my Tailings quilt won a third place ribbon. I was gob smacked that my Unity quilt won a first place ribbon, a best traditional quilt award and the president's choice award. I would have loved to have spent more time at the show. Once the aisles started filling with people, however, I felt uncomfortable so I left. I saw 350 quilts and 20 vendors in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Yesterday, my husband and I attended a Memorial Service for a dear friend of my father-in-law as well as a friend of my dad's. Jack did not die of COVID. His 97 year old heart wore out. Of the forty people crowded under a covered area at a state park that was a four hour drive from our home, five people wore masks. I was thankful the event was outside and that the service was short. I wore a mask. 


Darlene S said...

What fun historical insights on tea and such a beautiful tea quilt. I'm delighted to hear you made it to a quilt show. A good sign life is trying to get back to normal. Big congratulations on your Tailings quilt winning an award. What an honor. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, but how nice that he enjoyed life well into his 90s. I'd wear a mask to his burial/memorial, even if it was outside, too! Best to stay safe until covid is completely in the past!

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

I love the tea quilt, and I always enjoy knowing the process that led to the result. Congratulations on your well-deserved awards at the quilt show! No quilt shows here yet, but one is coming up in February. I am sorry about your dad's friend, I hope he had a wonderful life and a peaceful passing. said...

Darlene, Gertie and I are about to return to quilting the tea quilt. I wonder how many years it will be when we can safe that COVID is in the PAST! Thanks for you comments! said...

Sylvia, Thank you! I've been away from people for so long that being with more than a handful stretches my comfortablitiy! I suppose the more times I go out the more comfortable that I will feel. Our friend did have a terrific life. He played golf every day once he retired. For a number of those years, he played twice a day just to get in a little more walking! He was a character and he is missed.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your tea project is so interesting, and I enjoyed reading about your process! And of course Unity won a first place ribbon - it's beautiful! I completely understand your feeling about being comfortable (or not) with groups. I have felt the same way, and I even was already able to get the Pfizer booster!

Ivani said...

Tea quilt is looking good, so far.
Congrats on winning the awards, it is a gorgeous quilt, Terri.
Sorry about the loss of your family friend. said...

Thank you, Diann! I'm becoming more comfortable making a book quilt. As for getting comfortable in crowds. . .that is going to take time and more experiences that net me no foul results. I'm glad you were able to get your booster! Thank you too for the kind comment about my Unity quilt.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Congratulations on the ribbons. I too am still a little uncomfortable in crowds. I would have loved to see your quilts in person. Thanks for sharing your lovely tea quilt with Oh Scrap! said...

Thank you Ivani. Sometimes, coming up with an idea for a book club quilt is one of the challenges. My daughter will enjoy that Unity quilt. She is tickled that it has been recognized so often! Ninety-seven is a lot of years. I was surprised to learn that our friend served in both World War II and the Korean War. He enlisted when he was 17 which he shouldn't have been able to do; but, then he achieved a lot in his life that he shouldn't have been able to do! said...

Thank you, Cynthia. I truly was surprised. I thought entering in my group rather than in a category would negate the possibility of awards! I'm looking forward to finishing that Tea quilt soon. It was a great show. Another year, it will be worth the drive to see the show!

Karen's Korner said...

Nice work on the tea quilt. My daughter in law would love that. Congats on your ribbon. said...

Thank you, Karen! The Tea quilt has been a fun project to move from idea to quilt top!

Janice Smith said...

Congratulations on your ribbons! The Unity quilt is beyond spectular!!! said...

Thank you, Janice! The ribbons were truly a huge surprise!!!

Patty said...

Very nice. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish! said...

Thank you, Patty. The quilting went fairly smoothly. . .I should have a finish in a few days!