Anyway, while I was there I remembered a project we started together before I got my sewing machine and actually learned to sew. I must have asked for a sewing lesson so she let me pick out a piece from said stash and we decided to make a replica of the ruffled tea cozy she used when I was little. (I loved that thing!) I picked this red and navy lightweight canvas that I have fond memories of from childhood...you know, seeing it around in the sewing room and such. Turns out -we produced a ruffle, the tea cozy shell and lining all in one day and then we promptly forgot about it
I googled this and did find a few pieces of other Brookhaven prints from the same era for sale (or already sold) on Etsy. They seem pretty universally attractive.
It's funny because I've liked this print my entire life. My sister requested it for a custom laundry bag when she went off to college. And now that I'm a modern quilter, I still think it rocks. One of my Flickr friends said it was too pretty to cut into. I'm so glad to have a kind, generous, patient, meticulously-fabric-saving mother on my side to make this reunion possible!
I looked up a few tutorials for seam-binding scallops (here and here) and that's something I'd definitely like to try more of in the future.
It is completely functional...but I would appreciate it if no one looked too close to find all the ways it could have been more skillfully crafted... :)
The important thing now is to distract you with some expertly brewed tea.
|Mom's fabric, Grandma's tea set|