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.


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

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

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

  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.

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