Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tea Towel Parade

Before the parade begins perhaps you might like to look HERE.


Sherri said she was interested in seeing a few of my tea towels.  Here you go Sherri.  These towels are new.  Tea towels find me in lots of places.  These found me at World Market.


My daughter gave me these for Christmas a few years ago.  I believe they found her at Anthropologie. Crate and Barrel is another good source for fun tea towels. 


I found this one waiting for me at my favorite antique mall.  The top half of the towel is on the left and the bottom half is on the right.  Does anyone know what it says?


One of my favorites!  It found me in Cincinnati.  It's in collage form because I couldn't get a good photo of the entire tea towel in one shot.  It's a long towel!


Some might cringe at the thought of cutting up perfectly good linens, especially vintage ones. I guess they could sit in the cupboard never being seen or they could be made into something to be enjoyed each day.  Besides, don't these look tasty with lamp chop?


Simple quilting.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this project.  It took a small amount of fabric and 2 tea towels to get enough of the teapot motifs for the project.


Care for a cup?



I like the back as much as the front.


~Piecefully, Stephanie

32 comments:

Sherri said...

Oh, I'm so glad you shared! I love them all...old and new! And I also love your little quilt with the Denyse Schmidt fabrics and tea towels!

LuAnn said...

You have a great collection of tea towels. The fabrics are perfect with the tea pots. Cute project.

Little Pieces of My Life said...

Love what you did with the old tea pot towels. I agree,let's cut them up and admire their beauty.I've turned a few of mine into porch pillows. So fun.
Stay warm.

Alisa said...

I love it! Now you're going to have me looking for vintage tea towels every where I go.

I have a linen tea towel my friend bought for me in Holland about 15 years ago. I've kept in my sewing room all this time hoping to find some fabric to match so I could turn it into a quilt. It's too pretty to actually use.

Carrie P. said...

I went "here" Totally Awesome to see your patterns on Connecting Threads site. Congrats! You go gir!
Fun towels and I just love the tea pot quilt. Well done!

Ulla said...

Fine re-purposing of the tea pot towel! So many 9-patches too.
The Swedish text says One's own hearth is worth gold (in a rhyming way in original language). I can imagine a new bride finally getting her own kitchen after living with the in-laws.

Candace said...

Congratulations on being officially published!!!! What a great feeling that must be! Thanks also for the incentive to cut up those tea towels - I see no reason for them to languish in a drawer! The quilt is adorable and I'd say that's one for Anne Marie's 9-patch challenge!
Cheers!

Brandie said...

I love what you have done! I agree, why let them sit in a cupboard never used. We buy them because we like them so we should use them and enjoy them. What ever it takes!

Char said...

Love the towels. It means "There's no place like home".

QuiltSwissy said...

My daughter brougt me two tea towels from Europe a couple years ago, nd I have asked people what I could do with them. You have opened a huge world to me!! Thank you darling!!!

Glen

Darlene said...

Thank you for sharing, Stephanie, they are all sweet.

nicolette said...

Lovely teatowels!
In Dutch we say ‘eigen haard is goud waard’ which means as much as there’s no place like home!

The teapot quilt is awesome!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Great tea towels!
I love the repurposing, too.
A lot of the vintage kitchen towels I find have small stains, so it doesn't bother me a bit to reuse them for projects.

Congrats again on all you patterns! They look great on the site. :-)

Kimberly

Kaaren said...

Much better than sitting in a drawer, never or rarely seen or used. That's exactly the way I feel about my antique quilts...they were made to be used and use them I do.

Inspirational as always, Stephanie.

Miriam said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on the patterns!!

I love what you did with those teapots! They look great with the Hope Valley fabric!

I hope many more tea towels find you!

Lynn said...

I love connecting threads, I love loft creations and now they are together, how terrific!
Tea towels!! What a great collection. I remember my mother and aunt were telling me many years ago tea towels were considered a nice wedding shower gift. I can see why!

Linda said...

Hello Oh now I know why my customer who is a quilter wanted vintage tea towels !!
I shall send you one remind me of your address
Best warm wishes xxLinda from Dorset

Tina said...

I love how that turned out! And, yes, those fabrics are perfect with the little lamb.

Annemariesquilt said...

I am so happy to see that you have another finish for my Nine patch challenge. I realy love how you have reused the tea towel and I have admired your collection of towels ;-)

pratima said...

You have a beautiful collection of tea towels, Stephanie! I like your idea of combining them with new fabrics and making cute things to admire. Love your teapot quilt! soothing colors :)

Janet said...

What a lovely collection and you use them to great effect.

Kate said...

Love what you have done - such cute teapots.

Sharon said...

Your tea towel quilt is very cute! I agree - I think it's better to use the old linens than to just keep them in the closet or drawer. This way you can enjoy them! You have some cute ones!

And a big Congrats on getting your patterns published!!! Way to go!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Stephanie love your display of tea towels..

Wendy said...

Thanks for showing these lovely towels. You've got a great point, now you can enjoy them in a quilt.

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

I love your tea towels, and double LOVE the quilt you made!!! It is perfect. You inspire me as always tea buddy! x

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

They're all so adorable! And I'm loving the tea pot quilt. Those colors are fabulous!

Elaine said...

I love your collection of tea towels. And what a good use for them. Yes, just don't hide them away, let them be seen.

Rumi said...

Fun tea towels. Yes, much better to cut into vintage towels and admire them every day than to hide them away in a linen closet!

Simone de Klerk said...

LOVE the towel parade, but then when I saw that beautiful quilt - and then it wasn't even the top...
Love the 'simple' quilting. I mostly like that above 'fancy' quilting, fixing the attention on the pattern of the fabric, rather than the quilting.

Cindy said...

Fun, fun, fun. I hear about "leaving in the cupboard"..I have to admit I used to do that with "things".

But - as I got older, I realized the error of my ways. These wonderful things are to be used and loved.

I believe everything is to be that way - no time like the present to enjoy!!

Cute, cute project.

Houseelf said...

What fun tea towels. I remember a diagram a bit like the beef one showing all the cuts of meat in the room where we made up the calf bottles/buckets when I was at school.

Beautifully subtle colours in the tea themed wallhanging.