Along with a fabric addiction, I grapple daily with my coffee addiction (Well, maybe grapple isn't the right word - "revel" would be more accurate.) I bet most quilters bear this euphoric double addiction, and the fabric companies know it. They produce a LOT of coffee-themed fabric. When I started quilting (and fabric shopping), my motto was 'Collect 'em all!'
Over time, I became better able to limit myself , if not in the number of cups I drink each day, at least in the number of coffee fabrics I purchased. Some are better than others in terms of fun and wow factor. I especially like it when the cups (and other coffee miscellanea, like pots, coffee bags, French presses, scones) are large and have clear outlines (no overlap), so I can use them in applique well as quilting.
The photograph above is a closeup of one of the very first coffee quilts I ever made. Here's the whole quilt, followed by some details. It measures about 16" x 20".
I went to town with the embellishment. The cups emanate brown 'steam' stitching, topped with brown or gold seed beads. The borders have more seed beads, at regular intervals. The light background is hand quilted with gold and green threads.
Here's part of the bottom border:
Another mystery: the odd jutting tabs from the center of the top and bottom border. As I recall, constructing the quilt, some of the fabric was jutting out on bottom, and I was about to cut it off when I decided I liked it! So I made a matching tab on top! It's a perfect example of how beginners, which I was at the time, can be much more creative than old hands; most of my current borders are distressingly straight.
Have I whetted your appetite for coffee fabrics? (if not for distorted Picassoesque facial fabrics?) When I'm searching for any conversational fabric (aka novelty fabric), I go to one of these places:
- http://quiltshops.com/search.htm Enter your words (coffee fabric works fine), click thumbnails, and see lots of choices.
- http://www.fabshophop.com/fabsearch.asp. This 'Fabricshophop' site is similar to the service above, it searches dozens of shops with one click.
- Spoonflower. http://www.spoonflower.com/spelunks?type=&q=coffee&x=0&y=0. Enter "Coffee" in the search window. Spoonflower is a site that turns people's art into fabric, and while these custom fabrics are a bit pricey, they're worth it.
Excuse me, now, I need another cup.