Friday, July 20, 2012

Finally done!

Tea With the Queen
When Pattilou asked us to consider "color" in Step 3, I was stumped.  Already had quite a bit of color.  Black and white didn't seem right.  So I went to the stash and came up with a funny little cup fabric I'd picked up somewhere.  It had the orange and purple, but also dashes of other colors. I'm still not wild about that green, but keep telling myself that a bit of tension color-wise is not a bad thing.

Then came Step 4, and Jan's advice to look for "the gift of Serendipity".  It happened to be the weekend of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and I was thinking that those cups wanted to be tea cups, and how there seemed to be some crown-ish shapes in the center. I've been in a London state of mind, since a good friend has been living there for 18 months and I had the chance to visit in December.  And with the Olympics on the horizon...

Anyway, what do you think I found in my embellishment box that day?  A little charm with a picture of Big Ben on it!  Serendipity for sure. Did you know they've renamed it's tower after the queen?  It's "Elizabeth Tower" now.  So my little quilt has a story!

Can I show you one more thing?  I saw this on someone else's blog and this is the first time I've tried it. I cut two squares that I folded in half and stitched into the top corners on the back along with the binding. Now, a dowel will fit in there for hanging (mine hasn't been cut to length yet in the picture).  I liked that.  Easy peasy for a small piece.

Thanks to the hosts for their inspiration.  And to everyone else here, too.  I love seeing how your pieces have come together!


  1. Margaret, I love everything about this quilt! It is so creative..the cup fabric was a stroke of genius! Great piecing and quilting! Just excellent all the way around! So much fun to look at!

  2. Great job with this little quilt. A wonderful example of what LibRR2 was all about.

  3. It is quite lovely and you have done a fine job of pulling in all the parameters of the Round Robin! Congrats on your finish!

  4. What a beautiful quilt top! And I love the story. Congratulations on finishing this little gem.

  5. love this very much. The border fabric is just perfect... well everything seems perfect to me :-)

  6. Absolutely a fun, fun quilt! Love the title. Congrats to you for a great finish!

  7. The triangle hangers were described by Ami Simms on
    She credits their invention to Terry Switzer Chilko and also shown on her website: