Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE CHALLENGE

Last month marked 15 years that Katja's Quilt Shoppe has been open. I've been there for 12 of them.
That hardly seems possible.  As part of the celebration, Katja issued her customers a challenge based on a theme.

There were three things our challenge had to include:
1. the theme of the challenge was time, and our project had to portray that
2. we had to include a piece of the calendar fabric she gave us
3. there had to be an english paper pieced component to it

The idea that came to mind first was the desire to slow down time. Taking time to just enjoy the simple act of having  coffee with a friend -- something I seldom do




I pictured an old whitewashed brick wall, with vintage coffee advertisements on it. Looking things up on pinterest was fun!  I had no idea there was a Bliss coffee. Seeing that's my hubby's name, I had to include it. The pictures were printed out using 'Printed Treasures'


I quilted words in some of the bricks- 'offer your heart'   'a sip'   and 'linger'


my favourite flavour  : )


Who knew there was red rose coffee!


The challenge fabric didn't really work with my quilt, so I made it a little napkin under the mug


and for the english paper pieced element I did diamonds reflecting the window (with little windows -ha!)




It was fun to just play around with this quilt

For now, it will hang in my kitchen as a reminder to sit and enjoy my coffee rather than drink it on the run.

quilt stats:
original design
inspired by my love of coffee
39" x 45"

linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

32 comments:

Needled Mom said...

That is darling and portrays the time theme so well.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That's cute! Bigger than I thought at first.

Hilachas said...

As I always tell you: YOU are so creative. What a wonderful wall hanging!

Audrey Matlock said...

This is great! So creative :)

Barb said...

Just fabulous, love it!

Pam said...

love this ~ a perfect reminder ...happy anniversary to the shop xo

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Okay, now that is way too cute! Just love it.

Martha said...

This is absolutely fabulous. Very creative and I looks beautiful hanging on your wall. Love it!!!

Fran said...

Love it! The brick work is perfect.

Kim said...

Aah...such bliss! Such a clever and gorgeous quilt. Love all the li'l creative additions you have added. I can't think of a better way to spend one's day than whiling away the hours in a quilt shop chatting to quilty customers....except of course, a long chat with a friend over a cup of blissful coffee or two!

Patchwork and Play said...

How clever! All the elements have come together SO well! Great job!

Kate said...

I love it! Great job!

Linda said...

This is priceless.

Dawn Hughes said...

I love it....fabulous job, and blessed that we do get to have coffee and catch up,on life, and grandchildren!

Carla said...

Cute! I like it there!!

Wendy said...

What a great little quilt...I had no idea that there was a coffee named Bliss...I will have to tell my daughter as that is her (first) name as well...

Shauna said...

So much fun!

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

This is AWESOME!! Quilting words into it was the perfect choice. Beautifully done :)

OPQuilt said...

This is a great response to your challenge. I loved reading all the details, and the care you took to get all the elements to work together. Charming!

Elizabeth

Teri said...

Cute and fun quilt!

knitnkwilt said...

The over all look is great--the bricks and steam from the coffee cup. The coffee brands fun. And the quilted phrases special. A fun challenge and a great result.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love your idea! Just this morning ai had coffee with a friend, and it started my day off just right. I would love to make a wallhanging like yours!

Megan said...

How totally perfect! I love coffee and it is so much better savoured than gulped down on the run. Love the words you quilted in too :-)

Granny Maud's Girl said...

This sounds like a fun challenge.
So the pictures are not preprinted fabric but things you have printed on your computer? Clever!
Your husband's name is Bliss?

Anita said...

Very cute! Love the coffee extras :)

quiltmania said...

Very creative! I would of never guessed which one was yours.

Gramma Quilter said...

Such a great design process. Love it!

Nat at Made in Home said...

Such a fun challenge! Love your design.

Sophie Belle Designs said...

I love this. You did a super job

Edith said...

Wow, just love this little quilt.

Live a Colorful Life said...

How cool that you were able to find "Bliss" coffee! Such beautiful details in this quilt--and the quilting is amazing!

Christine said...

Wait. There are some people who get to sit while they drink their coffee?? I thought I was doing well since (most days) I get to finish it before it's cold! ;-)

Seriously though... this is such a fun, special quilt! Perfection.