Thursday, 8 March 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 176 - Coffee Pot Cosy

Coffee isn't my cup of tea at all, so it is no surprise that making a coffee pot cosy would never have occurred to me had I not seen one when making a quick social call last week.  I realised I had all the bits and pieces at home ready for me to throw together.  

This is from the same practice pieces that I used for the camera case that I made before Christmas, but this time I have put the printed fabric on the outside.  I love the way there is a big difference in the colours, depending on which side of the coffee pot you look at - the rusty red and brown predominate on this side...

...whereas on the other side you see more of the dark blue background.

The creamy coloured buttons stood out better against the dark blue, so deciding which side to put them was easy.

The rectangle is cut to the right size to cover all the exposed glass of the coffee pot, and the  button loops pass under the handle.  Realising the kittens mug made a perfect match was a bit of added fun when it came to taking the photos.  How cute can you get?

Here it is laid out, in all its glorious simplicity.

The button loops are secured under the binding, and this glimpse of the back shows the pieced back, an offcut from a quilt backing, which is best kept hidden.

I pulled out two bits of left over binding, and this batik was the one that was long enough to go all the way round.  It wasn't until I was sewing it on that I saw  how well it went with the print, with the little brown dots echoing those in the flowers. 

And it wasn't until I enlarged the photo that I saw how bad the tension was in the quilting.  Couldn't care less.  It is a practice piece from my relatively early days of free motion quilting, and it might even have been the fault of the rogue bobbin before it started seriously playing up.

This was a super-quick project, and I am ridiculously chuffed with the end result.  It's not going to convert me to coffee, though, kittens or no kittens. 

Here goes for Week 176.

The project that caught my eye in week 175 was Lynette's Night Watch quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.

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  1. The colors of your cozy go great with that coffee cup. My hubby uses a french press, too. I drink tea, not coffee.

    1. French press - thanks Cheryl, I'd quite forgotten the proper name for it.

  2. What a great little project! Cute and useful :) I'm glad you mentioned the tension because I was squinting at it and wondering.

    1. Well spotted, Louise. It's great not caring about the tension. If it were a posh quilt I would really fret if were as bad as this.

  3. Hi Muv,
    Well, isn't this just the most clever thing?!! I love this idea. I am only sorry I do not have a coffee pot that I could make a cozy for. I'm going to PIN this just in case in the future I find the need or desire. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Hi Muv, I really love your design for your coffee pot. It looks really great. It will be perfect for company :-)



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