Wednesday, 24 April 2013

WIPW - Coffee Pot and Yellow Flowers

Here we are again with Work In Progress Wednesday. Sharon of Pintangle has not only started, but half finished, another beautiful block, and others will post their progress on her comments, too. Click here to have a look.

Progress on my quilt Kafferepet
I have received a lot of comments on my 'unconventional' fabric ink. Yes, I used an ordinary fountain pen filled with Waterman's Florida Blue Ink on the light blue cotton fabric. It worked well. For the brown line on the edge I used a felt tipped pen of fabric ink, Marvy, made in Japan. Both inks have survived a 'bath' so I am willing to use this method again.

In previous posts I have shown you the platter with nibbles, the cup and saucer for the coffee, and here is the coffee pot.

In the 'olden days' in Sweden, coffee  was often boiled.
A (coffee)kettle was filled with cold water and coarsely ground coffee beans, put on the wood burning stove and taken off the heat just as the coffee began to swell. It was then left, to let the coffee grind sink to the bottom of the kettle. From there it was poured into a heated coffee pot of china for serving. Boiled coffee is said to hold a much higher temperature than brewed, percolated or pressed coffee. I don't know if there is any scientific evidence in that, but think that boiled coffee 'feels' hotter. I remember that my grandmother's friends who had popped  in for a casual cup of newly made coffee would drink it from the saucer, thereby helping it to cool down quickly. They often bit a lump of crystal sugar between their teeth to sweeten the drink. Now I have digressed enough...
So back to the coffee pot. Today when most households use a coffee maker, either an espresso machine where individual cups are prepared, or a filter coffee maker with a glass pot, the coffee is not served from the elegant china coffee pots any more. I love my coffee pot I wanted to have it featured on my quilt 'Kafferepet', so included it.

Now what actual progress have I made since last week? Well, there are some more flowers on the border.

They are appliquéd and the leaves are 'floating' away from the stem. When time comes I will attack both petals and leaves with embroidery stitches, beads (?) and probably couching.


  1. what a lovely coffee pot Queenie. Re coffee being hotter the old fashioned way, I so agree, the coffee bought in coffee shops loses its heat so quickly as it is heated for such a short time, that is so you do not overstay your visit! The applique flowers are coming on a treat.

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  3. Your coffee pot is beautiful !!! BTW I still use this method to make my coffee but not on a wood stove !

  4. I enjoyed the story of how coffee was made, I didn't know coffee was boiled. I like the colours of your appliqued flowers, looking forward to see the next step!

  5. I like the idea of quilting the teapot. Very pretty

  6. I have used a number of pens made for fabric. Once I bought one of each brand I could find and brought them home, wrote the name of the pen on a piece of fabric and then washed it multiple times. I ended up using "Statler" but over the years it was not all that good. On the other hand, our "son-on-loan does calligraphy and that ink is impossible to get off bedding, carpets, tablecloths, and walls. When he is here, I use the already-decorated furnishings.

  7. you just use fountain pen to do that ! it is amazing !

  8. Love when you digress:-)!Many things dissappear like hay stacks and so the coffee pots. Great to include the pot in your wonderful embroidery. Your hand appliquè is amazing, Queenie!

  9. Your coffee pot is lovely and the story was interesting, it is nice to remember these traditions.

  10. Love the coffee pot and the story that goes with it. There seems to be a number of stories that goes with this piece. You should put them all together and print them on a panel on the back of your quilt. Knowing the story that goes with the quilt makes it very specail.

  11. A wonderful and real coffeepot - Kaffeekanne - as it can be seen still in some antique shops - Queenie, this is so beautiful how you made it.

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