This pattern was inspired by my dear friend, Rhoda Forbes, who had passed away unexpectedly in the early part of the year of 2017. As a way to help mourn the loss of our friend, and more importantly, remember what a wonderful person she was, I created this pattern and hosted a Rhoda's Tea Time Swap in the the online quilting group she created: Life's A Quilt.
She was always thinking of projects to keep us busy and loved to host swaps. For Rhoda, it was a way for us group members to get to know one another, a fantastic way to learn a new skill or highlight a new pattern. Rhoda had mentioned several times how she wanted to host a Teacup Swap. She imagined it all; a large teapot surrounded by teacups. She even had an image of teacups stacked with a bird perched on the stack.
Dedicated in Memory of Rhoda Forbes, this pattern was designed around a few of her favorite things. Her favorite colors are Purple and Pink. She loved making scrappy quilts and she loved to grow her flower garden.
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Rhoda's Tea Time Pattern can be purchased by clicking here.
- This pattern includes the templates needed to make three different Teacup styles, the Teapot and the Stack O Cups and Bird blocks.
After the swap, there was a call for Sugar N Cream canisters to be added. They can be purchased as an addon by clicking here.
- This pattern includes templates needed to make the Sugar N Cream block.
At the same time, I wanted to create a large label for the quilt top and I wanted it to read, "Rhoda's Tea Time". The words can be purchased by clicking here.
- This pattern includes the templates needed to make the Rhoda's Tea Time words block. You could even use part; Tea Time.
As I finally had a chance to make my quilt and put together all of my teacups, all one hundred eleven (111) of them - I felt that the addons I had made for the quilt seemed to get lost in all of my teacups. I had to really look and search for them in order to see them. I mulled over it for a few days and woke up with the idea to place my special addons onto a shelf. I drew out some wrought iron swirl shelf braces and added a two piece board to give it a 3rd dimension.
For a short while, the Rhoda's Tea Time Shelves can be downloaded by clicking here.
- This pattern includes the templates needed to make the three different shelves and the flower/vase.
Slapping a plain border onto the teacup quilt seemed to minimize how truly spectacular and delicate all the teacups actually are... I had figured it out! I was going to add a flower garden!
Rhoda's Tea Time Floral Borders Pattern can be purchased by clicking here.
- This pattern includes a total of 12 pages: 6 pages of printer ready applique templates, 2 pages of quilt top and border assembly directions and 5 layout keys.
I have included several photos below, enjoy!
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|Tea Time Quilt made by Bev Burmmond with Leader and Ender Piano Key Border.|
|Tea Time Quilt made by Sandy Rice with a beautiful piano key border.|
These two lovely Tea Time wall hanging quilts made by Renee Chester,
check out all her cool stuff over at Renee Chester's Quilting Addiction.
|Rhoda's Tea Time Quilt made by Me using Symphony Rose fabric.|
|Rhoda's Tea Time pattern made with 50 teacups from the swap plus 61 made by Yours Truly.|
By including the shelves, it sure made the special blocks more noticeable.
|Replica of my large quilt I made using 111 teacups.|
|Quilt made using the pattern for the Rhoda's Tea Time Floral Borders pattern.|
I can't wait to see my Mom's quilt made using this layout.
Blocks below are the special ones I have made one for each of my quilts.
As this quilt, Rhoda's Tea Time, is my tribute to Rhoda Forbes, I was really looking to add meaning to the quilt. I liked the representation of the five petal flower, and in addition to the color purple. :) There were a couple of pages online where the color purple was mentioned to represent the empress, the queen. One of the symbolic meanings for a five petal flower:
"In the lives of women we can see five distinct phases; birth, menstruation, motherhood, menopause and death. The Empress represents the middle of this pentad; she is the nurturing mother who is the fertile and creative queen of the world. She is the down-to-earth version of the cosmic World card, which also symbolizes the creative mother in the maiden-mother-crone triad of the triple Goddess. The numbers five - related to the Empress - and three - related to the World - have always been connected to the ancient Goddess, and by extension, to woman..."