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For Christmas my mom gave me a lovely cardinal tea towel (or, as I’ve always called them, dish towel). I thought it was too nice to use. The towels I use get faded, worn, and stained. This one deserved better. My sister had done a tea-towel challenge last year over at 15minutesofplay  and it looked like fun, so using this towel in a quilt was on my mind when I ran across a new challenge.

Here I show the towel after I opened the hem – you’ll notice the bird on the edge has no tail (poor thing). (It’s not bluish at the bottom, that’s poor lighting on my design wall thanks to my husband stacking firewood so it blocks the bottom third of the window.)

About the same time I decided to do the challenge, I watched a Craftsy class by Joe Cunningham on Pattern-free quilt making. For the second class project I thought I’d use black and white, but when I went “shopping” in my stash, I found this red with black print and it jumped out at me. And I had an idea – why not combine the two projects? Add my tea-towel to Joe’s process and see what I come up with. Here are my two fabrics:

(More on the quilt next month – although you can get a sneak preview in my post for the Finish-along, coming soon.)

 January 11, 2014  Posted by at 7:43 pm Uncategorized  Add comments

  2 Responses to “Tea towel project, towel and fabric choices”

  1. Hello Abby! This is my first visit to your blog, courtesy of the Tea Towel Challenge. I LOVE your bio! You get the award for Most Original. ;- )

    I’ve been turning my UFO’s into charity quilts for a couple of years now. Glad to find a compatriot in the cause. Were you aware of the blog http://quiltsareforgiving.blogspot.com? It’s another one I’ve just discovered. Not that we need another distraction from the work of turning UFO’s into quilts! I’m always on the hunt for places to donate though. Will be keeping an eye on you and your progress now!

    • Hi Sue, I think I’ve been there. I’ve been a little slack on the web end of UFOs4Charity – too busy sewing when I’m not trying to organize my sewing room and office, both of which have reached the nearly unusable stage. I’ll make a note to swing by there on my next orbit.

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