Wednesday, January 30, 2013

London Underground Tea Towel Challenge top complete

When looking through my stash of fabrics for the tea towel challenge I found that I had more than a little of vintage farics that had a 'tea' connection. Napkins, cloths, a tea dress! aprons...see above



I thought the the words " Brightest London is best reached by underground" on the original tea towel that would become the medallion ,were best seperated to reduce the amount of beige in the quilt. So I played with some background ideas.
after making some big 'made ' fabric I decided to slash them into strips rather than squares

and sandwich them within strips of seersucker...why not????

and then once again.
I haven't sewn the dog to the bottom of it...he can run off if he wishes!

These shapes reminded me of the escalator in the medallion tea towel image. Such fun!!

For cornerstones I used scraps left from the Kath Kidson cloth that had lovely images of Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Big Ben and another scrap of the underground logo and just added fabric to make the right size. As you can see nothing is particularly measured, and certainly nothing square but immense fun and it holds lots of treasured fabrics. Definately a 'keeper' ...now to look for some backing. Its got to be an old tablecloth or a vintage sheet! Now...who's for a cuppa??



22 comments:

Chris said...

Oh my goodness, love it all! Great balance of colors and lights/brights, and so fun! A+!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

WAHOO! Looks how fabulous the made fabric works with the design of your tea towel! Meant to be! Put the tea pot on honey! I'm comin' over!

Wow, I must get cracking on mine!

Elaine M said...

Famulous!

Maree said...

This is fabulous and you were so quick.

Julie said...

Thanks for your comments guys, i really enjoyed the process and completed the top in three days. It did help having my boy off school with a bad cold/cough..whilst he's been drawing and catching up on homework I've been sewing. He did have 15 mins play himself, just after sewing his own hankies out of a lovely old soft sheet!!

Sewing In CT said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!
Makes me want to work on mine!!!
maybe tonight...

Brenda said...

fabulous! and I haven't even decided on a tea towel yet and you're already finished! I have that subway map tea towel as well -- I like how you incorporated it here.

Nifty Quilts said...

WOW!

Helen said...

Wonderful quilt...and so meaningful, too!!! And seersucker's so vintage. Love it all.

jovaliquilts said...

Absolutely love it!

QuiltSwissy said...

LUST! Definitely! I so am lusting after this!

Kathy said...

Great fun and very clever presentation! Wow! I'd be there in a second for that cuppa and a good look at this quilt!

Terry said...

yes please black and one.
The central image is 20's and gives the whole quilt a strong sense of perspective. Great movement. Super Stitching!!

roccagal said...

just a brilliant composition! I really luv it!

JaneB said...

Love your towel image and echoing it with the orange fabrics. I'll take a cuppa if you have a spare..

sheila 77 said...

This is lovely, Julie. The colours in the borders echo the colours in the tea towel and the seersucker (escalator fabric, yes) works so well. I also like the way you have split the wording.

em's scrapbag said...

WOW!!! That is awesome!!! Love your use of color and pattern.

Diane Quilts said...

Stunning! You're a hard act to follow!

electricdunce said...

Fabulous! What a knockout...Karin

YankeeQuilter said...

Wonderful!!!!

Carol E. said...

i LOVE it! You made it into a work of art!

fiberchick said...

FANTASTIC!