I have been working on teabags for the past few months. I am getting very tired of the tea leaves and soggy bags hanging around my kitchen drying.
I have been making small quilts A4 and 9 teabag sized efforts as part of my #teaandhome project. This looks at what ‘home’ in Edinburgh means to me after living here for 5 years. Drinking redbush tea is a big part of that. Jon drinks builders tea. The juxtaposition of the circles and rectangles has been interesting to play with in terms of teabag strings , mini journals and now quilts.
I had been playing with my hand carved stamps and layering the teabags with mandalas, text, hand written and printed. I was thinking of sizes in-terms of mounting them. However it struck me at 4.30am the other day that they might make a nice larger piece.
So I laid them out on the table. This configuration was too long and thin.
This felt a bit abstract and the fill in bags looked a bit out of place. So I printed sections of mandalas on the blanker bags and then added circular bags to the design.
All the layering and sewing has made some of the joints a bit fragile so I am wondering how to proceed.
Idea one- is to quilt it with padding and a back.
Idea two – to use an iron Vilene (interfacing) on the back
It is for a seminar that Jon and I are presenting in September and it would be good if people can touch it – without making holes in it.
I am leaning towards the Vilene and maybe a trim around the edge
I will keep you posted
I seem to have forgotten to post pics of my hand carved rubber stamps – here is the set I used on the quilt