My Work In Progress Wednesday report this week is stitch free. Instead, before actually progressing on the UFO, 'Kafferepet', I pulled out of the cupboard last week, I will give you some background to this quilt.
What is a 'Kafferep'? Well, it is a traditional Swedish 'tea party', with the exception that coffee is served instead of tea (Swedes run on coffee). You have probably already figured out that 'kaffe' is the Swedish word for coffee!
For the Partnership Quilt project at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2008 the theme was TEA TIME and each block should have something to do with 'having a cuppa'. There were blocks with tea cups, latte mugs, cakes, kettles, instant coffee jars, tea bags...
My contribution was a block with a Swedish platter of home made biscuits and a bun. (excuse the poor quality of the mobile phone photograph)
I enjoyed making this block so much that I thought I'd make a full quilt, called Kafferepet' and featuring all the things that make up a real gossipy gathering around the coffee table.
This UFO was started in the summer of 2007, so it is high time it got finished.
Today let me talk about the biscuits:
They are 'Vaniljhjärta' a soft biscuit, shaped like a heart and filled with custard, 'Uppåkra' where a bit of the top is folded over, 'Syltkaka' with a dot of raspberry jam in the centre, a 'Strassburgare' is a biscuit that has been piped and dipped in chocolate after baking, 'Gaffelkaka' has the imprint of a fork, 'Schackruta' has got its name from a chessboard and in the middle is 'Chokladsnitt', a chocolate flavoured thing sprinkled with coarse sugar and cut into diamond shapes (a TAST #60 biscuit!!!)
The 'chessboard' is pieced, the others are appliquéd, the forky one has pleats and the Strassburgare is ruched. There are a few scraps of fabric to make crumbs and French knots for the sugar and almond. One great advantage with these tea time treats is that they are totally non calorific and the only allergic reaction is a possible craving for appliquéing more of them!