I’ve been meaning to making something for my mother-in-law, but I’m a little intimidated.

She’s from Iowa.

I have this notion that all people who come from the center of the country, and specifically from farms, also come from a rich quilting heritage. My mother-in-law certainly does. Her collection of hand-pieced, hand-quilted, family-made quilts is extrordinarily impressive. Her own sewing is phenomenal.

I shudder to think about my giving her a quilt.

But, on a past visit, she let me dive into her stash and walk away with a ton of fabric, so I really want to give her something “quilty” that she’ll enjoy. The floral fabric in this block came from her stash. I don’t think I can call it vintage, but it certainly has a vintage feel that compliments the modern feel of the Monaluna Waffle in pink.

Teapot close

My mother-in-law loves drinking tea and has a lovely collection of teapots. I think I might start a tradition of giving her teapot wall hangings or placemats or cushions.


What do you think? What would you do with this little teapot?

Teapot template is the Sew Retro Kitchen Teapot designed by Kristy from Quiet Play.

Teapot accents are Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch in Black purchased from Hawthorne Threads, and the table top is Essex Yarn-Dyed Linen in Steel purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics.


  1. Sharon

    I think your mother-in-law will be so happy that you took the time to make her such a pretty little quilt. You could make the block into a mug rug for when she has tea. There are a lot of cute mug rug poems that you could print out to go with it. I would bind it in either a deep pink or purple.

  2. Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting

    I think a wall hanging would be great with that block. It is gorgeous. Not fabrics that I typically love, but I love these together. Looks great! I’m sure that she will love this new tradition you want to begin!

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