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In my excitement to open my swap package from Lorraine I did not fully examine everything. Inside one of the feed sacks was this hidden treasure. Doh! I got all my prizes out to show my daughter this weekend and she reached into one of the feed sacks and pulled this out!
Then I remembered seeing a tiny bit of it on Lorraine's blog. I had missed the main gift. I hurried and emailed Lorraine and then sat and enjoyed this beautiful stitched teapot. Her work is fabulous. I don't really embroider much (or very well) so I truly appreciate careful stitching like this. It is so beautiful. I put it in my entry way to enjoy as I come and go. Thanks again Lorraine. Your machine quilting is so even and nice, too.
A few months ago I saw this Japanese patchwork magazine on a blog. Hmm where was that? Can't remember. I loved the quilt on the cover and went about looking for a copy for myself. I think I got it on ebay.
Of course I can only read the picture directions but it is a pretty simple idea and simple quilt. I have so many bits of fabric like the ones in the picture and I think that was what drew me to want to make this quilt. I've been collecting squares from larger pieces as I cut fabric.
And so this weekend I buried my list of things to do and started something. Just for fun. Just for me. Perfect points are not my strength but the eye is forgiving when the points are laid out this way and I think it is turning out ok.
I have 14 rows sewn together so far. Each block has light and dark value fabric triangles. I cut the triangles from a 4" square and then used each triangle twice. Every row has 12 blocks. I really love scrappy and this surely fits the bill. I haven't thought about borders yet. There is a lot going on in the quilt so far so I don't want to overwhelm it with busy borders. Maybe a solid color would be good. It was very relaxing to cut out the triangles and stitch them together and then make rows. Joining the rows one by one was exciting to see it all come together. I promise myself I will get back to my list one of these days soon. But for right now I'm having too much fun.

-nanette
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Darlene said...

The embroidered teapot from Lorraine is so sweet! She does wonderful work, doesn't she!

Oh, Nanette I love your new project - talk about sweet! I'm thinking no border but a fabric that reads solid for the binding (nice frame). Wait, you didn't ask for my opinion, did you? Teehee!

Kaaren said...

Looks super so far Nanette.

Just a suggestion (I can't believe I'm offering a suggestion to you), but how about a narrow solid border, followed by a scalloped "quieter" print, just to tie the scrappiness all together and finished with a solid binding.

Whatever you choose, I'm certain it will be a masterpiece. And to heck with the "to do" list. Bring on more triangles!

Kaaren said...

Darlene, I think we're following each other around blogland this morning about 2 minutes apart.

I can't believe I offered an opinion either. Yikes! I'm outta here.

Sherri said...

The embroidered teapot is gorgeous! And I love your triangle quilt! And I love your idea of "losing the list" and working on something just for fun and just for you! Thanks for the Monday morning inspiration!!!

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

What a fun surprise to find another gift in your swap stuff! And I am totally loving this scrappy quilt! I'm keeping a file of ideas for scrappy quilts for my yearly scrappy quilt's. (how many times can I say scrappy quilts in one comment?) LOL. ooxx`jod

Fiesta said...

I love the teapot and the new quilt you are working on. It is darling.

Carrie P. said...

Now how come you can't read Japanese? LOL I can read it but I can not understand a thing it is trying to tell me. You have such a delightful stash of fabrics. That tea pot is sew cute. Good thing your daughter found it. No tellings how long it would have been when you got that feed sack out again. Whew!

Heidi said...

Hi Nanette,
I'm a regular reader of your blog and enjoy it very much. I am traveling to SLC area next week. Can you give me the top 5 Quilt shops I shouldn't miss in either the Salt Lake or Utah couty areas. I'd appreciate your answer.

Heidi

Candace said...

What a great additional find from Lorraine! And that quilt is just perfect to display so many of your wonderful fabrics, Nanette! I'm not sure it even needs a border - how about a red polka dot binding to tie it all togehter? Whatever you decide, it will be adorable!
Cheers!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

How fun to find a surprize from Lorraine, a very beautiful one indeed. As for you list, put it away and enjoy yourself, I just love it!!

Rumi said...

Wonderful tea swap items! Love the embroidered teapot. You lucky girl!

Purple and Paisley said...

oooh, you did great on your light and dark color values! love it...and nice stitchery from lorraine, too...☺

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

I love that quilt! It's so cute! What a great way to use up your scraps and make something pretty!
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Dawn said...

Your quilt is super cute!! And Lorraine did a fantastic job on the teapot!! Good for you!!

Eileen said...

You did a really good job seperating the dark from the light.. and the pattern shows up so nice! Maybe a dark solid border would look good. Or some of the small red and white polka dot. :)

I bet you about flipped when you discovered the stitchery. SO pretty!!

Catherine said...

Wow -- that teapot is glorious!!!

Your quilt from the Japanese quilting magazine is great -- love how cheerful and bright it is!!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous teapot. Love the blue and white combination.

rachel griffith said...

what a sweet teapot quilt.
thank goodness your daughter spotted it. lol.

i love the little japanese quilt.
i think that a plain white border would really set the quilt in motion.
just my 2 cents.

:D

rachel griffith said...

maybe like a 3 1/2 inch border...

MichelleB said...

Your new quilt is so cute! 4 inch square cut into triangles? Yikes! You are brave. But it looks fabulous.

em's scrapbag said...

The teapot is delicate and just plain lovely.
I really like your hst. What a delightful quilt.

Lorraine said...

Glad you found the little teapot - and that you like it! I am making another one for myself because I fell in love with it when I was stitching it....your littly scrappy quilt is so pretty! It is nice to put "the list" aside sometimes and just do something ..."just because".......

*karendianne. said...

What a sweet teapot with lovely stitching. And I love your current "for me, for fun" project!

Nedra said...

More teapot stuff! It's like having a birthday that lasts and lasts. I think it's kind of fun to receive a teasure later on.

Karen said...

You read pictures very well;) The quilt is awsome...as for the little blue teapot...what can I say but absolutely fabuloso;)

Joy said...

Oh I love your scrappy triangles. I'm thinking it really doesn't need a border, just a darker binding. Whatever you choose I bet it will look gorgeous ;o). I've never tried a scrappy quilt - hmmm, that would explain my overflowing stash tee hee hee. Maybe it's time I gave it some serious thought LOL.
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Des said...

oh yeah.......gimme more.....lovin' that half square triangle thing you do.

madrekarin said...

The teapot is beautiful! How nice to have the treast keep coming. :) Love the new quilt! I don't think I will ever achieve perfect point-dom either. I'm just grateful that most tiny errors seem to come out in the wash.

~D Spack~ said...

Ooo I love the embroidery! Is it a table topper? The triangles are looking wonderful! You have amazing fabrics!

Kimberly said...

Great fabrics, great piecing, great pattern idea! Hmmm... what to do today, what to do...?

pratima said...

The teapot is sooo pretty!!!
The quilt is AMAZING!!! The scrappy look of it makes it more charming and all those bits are precious.

Sandi said...

Love the patchwork triangles. The design is reminiscent of the vintage triangle "puzzle" quilt my dad bought me but you're construction is so much quicker!! I think solid border or no border would be good. I have a friend who made a large triangle quilt and did it with no border so that the triangles were the "star" of the quilt.

Jackie said...

Wow, can't believe you missed that gorgeous teapot!! I just love it, so glad you found it. I am loving the quilt you are making. It is beautiful, sometimes all you need is a picture.

Momoo said...

What a neat way to use scraps. Of course your scraps look very put together, so vintage. Looking forward to the finished project.

Momoo said...

What a neat way to use scraps. Of course your scraps look very put together, so vintage. Looking forward to the finished project.

sarahmurray said...

This quilt is FUN! Now you have me wanting to make one. But we both know that I need to hurry up and get my cottage quilt done! I've been slooowly working on it. x

Shari said...

Nothing beats a classic half-square triangle quilt.

Carla said...

It's turning out so pretty!

Cheryl said...

Lorraine does such beautiful work..great teapot for you. Your scrappy quilt is so great. Love the different values. Such a happy quilt!

sewtakeahike said...

I love all the beautiful color Nanette!! Your quilt reminds me of spring for sure!

Lori Holt said...

HAPPINESS is....that scrappy, colorful quilt that you are working on! Oh,how I love it so:)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I am back, the more I look at your quilt, the more I love it, what a great way to use just a small amount of a fabric you want to use but are afraid to part with, I really like this idea, and may snatch it from you!!

jen duncan said...

So glad for you just to do some happy sewing. And your happiness sure does show in your work!
I'm laughing about missing the main gift...sounds like something I might have done. ooops!

Karen said...

...love ur work...and ur points r perfect!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's just beautiful!

alobsiger said...

What a pretty teapot Lorraine sent! Love your happy triangles! I planned to give myself permission on Friday to start something just because it would be fun. I never got around to it. I'll have to plan that in the schedule sometime in the near future. :-) As for the border, not that you asked, I think something solid-y would be very pretty. Red? A pretty aqua?? Yellow???? It will be a fresh and fun quilt!

Annette said...

I love the quilt!! What a fun project. Your projects are always fun. Thanks for sharing.

oodlesandoodles said...

If I ever got points to come out like that, I'd be thrilled. Love the color combinations - so cheerful! Barbara

Nan said...

Lorraine's embroidery is beautiful. How nice to find an extra treasure in all the wonderful goodies she sent!
Your quilt is adorable - the colors are all so pretty together, and I think your points look perfect.

Chookyblue...... said...

whata beautiful present from Lorraine in the tea swap.......