At our annual quilt guild Christmas party, my friend Rosemary gave me a cute quilt kit for "Tea Leaf Ornaments"
The finished ornaments, as pictured on the pattern, reminded me of Cathedral Windows, although I have no idea if they are similarly constructed. Anyway, it was a new-to-me technique, so I decided to have a little fun and give it a try.
You start by folding the red and green squares on the diagonal, with wrong sides together:
Next, you place a pair of the folded squares on top of a plain square,
and sew baste the triangles to keep them attached:
Then you use the squares as you would use any other fabric squares and make pinwheel blocks:
When you open out the folded edges, it reveals the plain fabric underneath:
Then came the tricky part. You need to sew the folded edges down so they will stay open. I tried pinning first:
I could see there was trouble ahead, trying to maneuver around those pinheads. Then I remembered that I had a fabric glue stick:
Surprisingly, it worked like a charm, and held the folded edges nicely while I sewed them down. In retrospect, I should have used invisible thread for that part of the sewing, but I didn't have any on hand and I wanted to keep going.
The pattern was for making tree ornaments, but I decided I wanted a mug rug instead. By adding a couple of fourpatch units, I would end up with a nice size.
A little light quilting, and then all it needed was a binding. While I was in the mood to try new things, I decided to try a technique I had read about where the backing gets folded around to the front to make the binding. It starts out looking like this:
and ends up looking like this:
That particular binding technique is probably better suited to a larger project, but in a pinch, it was fine. All that was left to do was make up a nice cup of tea and enjoy my new mug rug!
The tea I chose was also a gift from the party. My friend Linda gave me a tin of Downton Abbey English Rose tea. The rasberries in the tea give it a lovely red color, just right for the season.
Speaking of seasons, season 5 of Downton Abbey is just around the corner. Looks like I'm prepared, how about you?