Never Say Never

Somedays I don’t know who I am…farmer, quilter, potter ?? I have spent most of my creative life with my hands in clay. In the last few years I have spent more time at my sewing machine than at my potters wheel.

This little project represents both of my interests:


I found this free paper piecing template at Debby Kratovil’s site right here. If you haven’t been to her site, you have to go… but wait till the end of my post, o.k. ? She has some really good pointers on putting the block together and the template includes approximate sizes to cut the fabric pieces. How great is that ? I just love love love love that Mimosa fabric she used for her cup and saucers. She made 10, TEN, but I only made these 5 ( so far ). Of course I made mine into pot holders. I used one layer of batting and one layer of insulbrite, that explains the puffiness and stitched in the ditch to quilt them.





In my mind they look more like tea cups – except the first one, it is most certainly a coffee cup. So I had to make one of these:


When my husband saw the first one he immediately said, ” I thought you said you were never going to make those again?”

It took me a minute but he was referring to my making expresso sets… They have been quite popular when I make them in clay but oh-so -fiddely when trying to make a nice set. The bottom of the cup has to nest well in the saucer and the lift on the saucer has to mirror the curve on the cup, ect.

These are so much easier !

Thanks for stopping by.

Best Wishes for a great weekend.

linking up with Amanda for Finish It Up Friday.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debby Kratovil
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 09:32:14

    Colleen. Thanks for the link to my pattern and blog. I would love to share your wonderful potholders at my site, too. Your email does not show up when you post on my blog. Please email me again! Thanks, Debby Kratovil



  2. allisonreidnem
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 13:23:20

    These pot holders are lovely. I think you and Debby have helped me plan some Christmas gifts. We have a cafe in town called ‘The Tea Bar’ and they serve teas and coffees in old mismatched China cups and saucers that really do look very pretty.



  3. Susie Jolivette
    Jun 26, 2015 @ 08:41:56

    I love this. I am a new fan of Debbie Kratovil. Doing her BOM this year as a gift. Where can I get the teapot pattern???



  4. jody
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 14:47:15

    I love your mugs! The potters that I have known are never given enough credit for the really intense ‘get it right’ sets – I would love to see some of your work.



    • Colleen
      Jul 01, 2015 @ 06:54:29

      Thanks Jody ! I had a pottery blog several years ago. There are some pictures of my pottery there but – be forewarned… I don’t have a very good camera and never bought good lighting equipment both of which are essential to decent photos of pottery. There are so many reflective surfaces making a good picture quite tricky. You can find me here



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