Grandma’s Tea Towels

Mary C's Embroidered Tea Towel Quilt
Mary C’s Embroidered Tea Towel Quilt

The other day, at Sew Day, I saw Mary’s GREAT quilt and it made me think of some of the tea towels and such that I have that are nicely embroidered.

Yes, we had the Boxy Bag class, but there was plenty of time to work on other projects. I started cutting out the All Rolled Up Tote, as mentioned.

Parakeet Embroidery
Parakeet Embroidery

 

 

Mary C, a great member of the group, brought a quilt she had made with embroidered tea towels. I have tea towels, pillowcases and a few other things from the matriarchal side of the family. I talked about the parakeet dresser scarf (or similar) in a previous post.

Mary said that she used a jelly roll of 1930s fabrics. I really like the fabrics she chose and think they are a little different than the Aunt Grace style of 1930s fabrics.

This is the first quilt that I have really liked that uses tea towels. She backed the embroideries with ShapeFlex after trimming them. We advised her to just quilt around the embroidery designs and not over them.

Author: JayeL

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

2 thoughts on “Grandma’s Tea Towels”

  1. What a great idea to preserve some of those old pieces! I have quite a few and many are ones that I don’t know the maker. Many have a tiny hole or flaw in the areas around the embroidery, but the embroidered areas are fine. I might have to look and see how many I have and copy this idea! I could also use up all the bits of antique looking fabrics, like the Aunt Grace’s stuff, and clear that bin out of my stash! Thanks for sharing!!!

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