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Friday, November 22, 2013

Tea towel challenge

My online quilting friend, Sophie, is organising a challenge for the early part of 2014. The challenge is to use a tea towel (new or vintage) and design and create a quilt with it. When Sophie did one last year I was really keen to give it a go - so of course I'm signing up for her challenge.

Join me for the Tea Towel Challenge 2014


Originally I thought I'd go for a New Zealand theme - there is a tradition here (and in other parts of the commonwealth) to buy tea towels as souvenirs. But, I really couldn't find a vintage one that caught my eye and I didn't fancy buying a new one.

I found some inspiration on Etsy and have purchased two vintage towels online. I'm not sure which one I will use (maybe I'll do two), it depends on how I go with colour matching. Sometimes vintage colours can be hard to match.


One tea towel has a Christmas theme and I thought it would be fun to make a wall hanging that could come out each year. The other has fantastic colours and owls. Both are a bit kitschy and have bright bold graphics. I can't wait until they arrive so I can have a close look and start shopping for fabrics.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, I like the Christmas idea! But the owl towel is appealing, too. Glad it isn't my decision!

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  2. Near idea Laurina... Can't wait to see what you do...

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  3. Oh, they are both great! Love the colors in them. It will be fun, whichever one you start with.

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  4. They are both fantastic! I keep thinking I want to find a wonder Christmas-themed tea towel and you really did find one. I had the same hesitation waiting for mine to arrive in the mail because I wanted to see the colors alive and in person before making a decision.

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  5. OMG!!! Love love love those owls!!!

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  6. I draw inspiration from everything when Ive writers block. I take inspiration from news stories, from YouTube videos, music, a story my friend told me, your own personal experiences, and anything and everything in between. It is not wrong to get ideas from everyday things such as a news story about a gay teenager committing suicide, or an attempt terrorist attack of an airplane. If you do end up using something like a news story, you have to make it your own. Keep that in mind if you do use those points as your inspiration.

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  7. you have a tough decision to make as both are darling!

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