While my goal of finishing 15 quilts this year is severely off track, I do have a finish to share this week. Actually, I have 2.
This week my mother-in-law celebrated her birthday. What better gift to receive in the middle of a sweltering Virginia summer than a quilt? Right. Seriously though, I had a full FQ bundle of True Colors and another of Pretty Potent just sitting there next to my one lonely Dowry print just willing me to pet it. I have to add, I’ve made an effort to bust up my bundles and add them to my stash as soon as I get them. I’ve done a pretty good job of this, with a few exceptions. I just can’t bring myself to break up anything AMH, Tula Pink or Denyse Schmidt.
Anyway, I started collecting AMH with my MIL in mind. I spent a few days pouring over Pinterest, IG, and my books searching for just the right design. I wanted something that would really show off the designs in the AMH prints as a lot of them are fairly large. As soon as I reached for my copy of Vintage Quilt Revival I knew what I wanted to do. One of my favorite quilts in the book is the Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt and I knew it was the perfect pattern to showcase the beauty of the AMH prints and would be one my MIL would really like as well.
I really wish I’d been able to get pictures of this quilt outside, but the weather coupled with the fact that I’m a last minute kinda gal, prevented that. Maybe I’ll try to snap some in my in-laws front yard next time we’re up there.
The only modifications I made to Katie’s pattern were to add a fifth row of blocks and a 4” border. The extra row was added because my MIL is tall. The border was added because I really wanted to preserve the points on the tea leaves and was pretty sure I’d lose a few of them to binding if I didn’t add a border. I used Kona Snow, which is the same fabric I used for the background, so it’s sort of like the tea leaves are floating. The prints in the top are almost all AMH except for 3 blenders I needed to supplement the green and gold tea leaves.
The binding is Kona Lavender and the backing is this beautiful purple print I picked up at Hobby Lobby because it was absolutely perfect for my purple-loving MIL. As always, the piecing and quilting was done exclusively with Aurifil. Best. Thread. Ever. All the details can be found here.
In addition to my MIL’s quilt, I whipped up a smaller quilt with some of my Giggles scraps and a couple of coordinating prints. This quilt was a companion quilt for Prissy, my in-law’s adorable black pug so they would each have one of their own.
Now, you may be wondering what this High Tea at the Bistro from this post’s title all about. Well, it’s the name of the quilt. My MIL is quite the accomplished home cook. She can cook or bake just about anything you throw at her and she nails it every single time. My father-in-law has taken to referring to her kitchen as ‘The Bistro’. In fact, that’s what we all call it. So….a tea leaf quilt + The Bistro kitchen = High Tea at the Bistro.
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