Are you ready for more shots of my latest quilt, Tea Time on High Street, now that it’s back from the quilter? I can’t wait to show you!
Although initially unsure about this quilt as I was putting the blocks together (I really struggle making scrappy quilts), I have come to love it more every step along the way.
Take a look at the quilting motif:
Doesn’t it remind you of swirls of steam coming up from a hot cup of tea? That may be a bit of a stretch but it tickles me to think of it that way.
Here’s a look at the trimmed quilt, now measuring 55″ square:
I appreciate how the loops and swirls soften the straight lines in the quilt. It was quilted by Karlee of SewInspired2Day with an edge-to-edge design called “Soho.” I asked Karlee to use a pale grey thread so the quilting would blend into the background. The scale seems just right to me, adding texture without being too busy.
For the backing I sandwiched a row of leftover blocks between a pale grey polkadotted fabric from my stash. The grey fabric reads as a solid and really allows the quilting motif to stand out without being overpowering:
Confession: I had to stifle the impulse to head to the fabric store for some yellow fabric, which would have been my first choice for the backing. I could have used several smaller pieces of yellow from my stash but the front is so scrappy I wanted the back to be calm.
Here’s a close-up:
I think it will frame the quilt nicely. Even though there’s a lot of grey in this quilt, it still has a happy feel. And wouldn’t you feel happy if you were sipping tea at a stylish tea shop on High Street in London?