December 28, 2009

Look what I found this time! It’s a teapot extravaganza!

Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild opportunity quilt

Lura Gordy of Sherwood, Oregon, was the driving force behind this beautiful masterpiece. Here’s her story:


I enjoy the process of appliqué. In fact, I learned needle-turn appliqué using the patterns in your Teapots 2 book. I wanted to make my sister a table runner and six placemats as a gift. I started out using a faux appliqué method but was unable to get the fine details. I went to your blog and tried several of your methods. I also attended the monthly appliqué club meetings that are connected to the quilt guild of which I am a member. The more I learned, the more I liked what I was doing.

I suffer from restless leg syndrome and by doing appliqué work in the evenings, I keep the restlessness away. Once the table runner and placemats were finished, I appliquéd enough blocks to make another set.

The first of the year, I volunteered to be a member of a committee to design and make a raffle quilt for the Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild in Sherwood, Oregon. I suggested a quilt with appliquéd teapots and I volunteered to appliqué the blocks. I used the patterns from both of your teapot pattern books to make 24 blocks. We used 22 of the blocks (10″) which made a very large king size quilt. The center block was appliquéd by Ann Hartman who is in charge of the appliqué club and a member of the guild.

Now I am working on patterns from your book of baskets. I am trying new techniques and new ways of embellishing the blocks. I enjoy your patterns and books.

Thank you,
Lura Gordy

tualatin-closeupHere’s a closeup of the center block. The basket (not one of mine but it sure is beautiful) is surrounded by cups and saucers, cream and sugar, and a plate of cookies from my Teapots books.

Erin Davis of In Stitches Quilting in Newberg, Oregon, was the one who took the quilt to a retreat for Show & Tell, which led me to find it on the Anyone Can Quilt blog. Erin was kind enough to send me a great picture, and she reports, “On behalf of the Tualatin Valley Quilt Guild, it was a fun project to work on and we are proud of the outcome.”

Me too! Big time! What a huge treat! Thank you, Lura and all the members of the Tualatin quilters, for such a spectacular job. I hope the quilt raises lots of funds for the guild.

Until next time,


5 Responses to “Another spectacular teapot find”

  1. Mary on Lake Pulaski on December 28th, 2009 3:03 pm

    What a gorgeous quilt! And you were part of the inspiration Kay!

  2. Debbie St.Germain on December 28th, 2009 3:45 pm

    That is gorgeous quilt, so much detail and beautiful stitching.


  3. Rae Ann on December 28th, 2009 11:07 pm

    I love the quilt. It is stunning! Thanks for sharing the story behind it.

  4. betsy on December 29th, 2009 5:42 am

    The quilt is stunning. Great job.

  5. Tina Sherk on December 30th, 2009 2:15 am

    Lura Gordy:
    Your tea Pot quilt is to die for. I wish I could do such great work.. I was proud to see it I have always wanted to have a teapot quilt and the table runner would be great also..I live in Oregon also and that made it even more special another I live in the Southern Oregon down by Medford keep up the beautiful I think I will buy the tea pot book and at least try it…Tina