A mixed media exhibit of the works of 12 quilt artists who have created pieces using coffee grounds, filters, tea bags, or tea,and incorporating them with fabric, paper and unconventional methods of quilt making. Come and smell the coffee!

Hosted by Anne Copeland


There's Always Time: Fiberart Clock
Darlene Habanek
Franklin, WI
10-1/4" diameter

My Mom's lifelong beverage of choice was coffee. Whenever anyone entered her home they were offered a cup with the line, "Oh, you have time for a cup of coffee!" Mom passed away late last year. When cleaning in her home, we found the last filter used to make the last pot. I used it for the top layer of the quilted face of the clock in honor of the sentiment she always expressed. Vintage buttons from her button box embellish the clock face. The batik fabric with leaves on the quilted frame and leaf buttons for the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock designations reflect Mom's love of nature.

Full Moon by Four
Nancy B. Dickey
Magnolia, TX
17-1/2"h x 22-1/2"w

I called upon my exploration of shapes, colors and textures to guide my creation of this piece using new coffee filters. The circular forms kept the spirit of the round filters while the folding techniques gave personality to the individual spheres. This reminded me of seeing the different phases of the moon - but in this case, all full moons.

Tea and Hot Air Balloons
Kathy DeMuro
Scottsdale, AZ
15"w x 13"l

I'm not a coffee drinker, but have lots of white filters and plenty of tea bags. I painted coffee filters with Setacolor paints to use for the mountains. The rest of the background and the large balloons are from filters marbled using shaving cream and Tsukineko inks. The filters were then cut into shapes and either pieced or glued to make he landscape background. The large balloons are machine appliqued using the marbled filters. Their baskets are from used teabags. The smaller balloons are machine embroidered onto the background.


Racing to Making Positive Changes
Meena Shaldenbrand
Plymouth, MI
16"w x 18"h

The alarm clock is screaming to save the positive attitude and toss the negative into the trashcan. The face of the clock spells it out. . Attitude is everything!

Ground Water
Peggy Sue O. King
Olympia, QA
16" w x 24"h

The background for this wholecloth quilt was dyed and painted, then overdyed and painted again, resulting in the variagated/mottled colors. "Ground Water" is the result of using grounds from my re-useable coffee filter, and acrylic paint mixed with textile medium in separate applications. Initially my use of blue was an attempt to salvage less than acceptable, disappointing  results from coffee grounds. I liked the resulting combinationas it  looks like a subterranean water pocket.


Ancient History
Sue Lemmo
Clearfield, PA
19-1/2"h x 18"w

"Ancient History" is made of silk satin that I compost dyed as well as vintage sari, Japanese bark cloth, and metallic sheer silk that I layered, moved, tore and removed. The stitches in contrasting thread add rhythm and the finishing touch.


Good Grounds, Bad Grounds, Fair Grounds
Ren Vasiliev
Bloomfield, NY
21"h x 20" w

Coffee comfort is my grounding ground. Since choices define changes, which coffee will be my guide today? Grounds of Reason with cream, Jamaican Vacation with brandy, or maybe tea - English Breakfast, slightly seasoned with sugar and lemon. Who will I be today?

More Green Tea Please
Anne Louise Mullard-Pugh
Las Vegas, NV
13"w x 14"h

The benefits of green tea have been known in China for hundreds of years. We, in the West, are only beginning to understand its value. The Chinese character for tea translates as an herb that grows on a tree and is good for man. Tea is traditionally brewed from loose leaves but as a convenience, tea in bags of fabric is considered superior to tea brewed in paper bags.


Coffee Filter Fun
Diane M. Seamans
Franklin, NH 03235
11" x 11"

My piece is 11"x11". I used round coffee filters, hand painted and stamped in the blocks and a stamped and painted filter for the center of the quilt. I also used tulle, Angelina, metallic thread, beads and a floral sticker.



Tea Ceremony 2: Rail Fence Deconstructed
Kathleen Loomis
2006  11 x 16”

Artist-dyed canvas, teabags, machine stitching


Tea Ceremony 4: Columns
Kathleen Loomis
2006  11 x 17”

Cotton, landscape cloth, rust, teabags, hand and machine stitching

I am a lover of accidental effects, whether in dye, discharge, rust or ancient stains, and frequently take advantage of these serendipitous blobs and blotches in my art.  I see the same unseen hand at work painting used teabags.  They seem to go well with other used or distressed materials, yet as things of beauty they appreciate a touch of sparkle as much as the next girl.


And the Circles Go Round and Round
Sherryl Buchler
Scottsdale, AZ
15"h x 20-1/2"w"

I love color and texture and spent 23 years as an Interior Designer. I am relatively new to the quilting world and am having fun experimenting with styles, dying my own fabrics and combining other mediums that will enrich the whole. The base fabric, backing and border are my own hand dyes. The coffee filters (I don't even drink the stuff) were painted, foiled, rubbed, and stamped.


Where's the Beanz?
Muna Elias
Murietta, CA
33-1/2"w x 42-1/2" L

Different dyes and paints were applied to recycled and new coffee filters. The back was coffee dyed too. I quilted squares onto the round filters.

The other small quilts are by some of Muna's six children including one son who is a special needs child.

1) Going Fishing for Hope
George Elias, Age 9 (when quilt was made)
2) Stopping to Smell the Flowers
3) Elephants
Paul Elias, Age 7
I am repeating Paul's story because it is so inspirational. Paul, at age 2, did not communicate vocally. His parents were told he was an autistic child. They started getting lots of help for him and by age 4-1/2 he had a 300 word vocabulary.

On March 13, 2005, Paul was found unconscious in the driveway of the Elias' home. He was rushed to Stanford Children's Hospital and months later his parents discovered that he has constant seizures (20+ an hour).

Some days speaking is difficult, but Paul loves live. The open door for him happens to be his ability to create art. He loves drawing animals; elephants are his favorite. Before any piece of fabric is cut or thread stitched, every detail is complete in his head and he just does it. His parents hope to keep opening doors for him.

4) Never, Never Forget
Daniel, Age 5
5) Space Around Me
6) Hugs for Everyone
7) Everyone Loves Pink and Purple
                                                       Amal Elias, age 4


Catherine Jones
Berkeley, CA
12"w x 17-3/4"l

I used wax batik with pigmented inks on five round coffee filters, then cut them up into pieces and stitched the pieces onto a paper backing, adding sequins and beads. I interpreted "Grounds for change" in semi-political terms. The cats are meant to suggest the simple pleasures everyday life - something people long for in times of war and upheaval.

Tea Bags
Patty Van Huis-Cox
Morton Grove, IL
23"w x 11-1/2" h

I was inspired to create this piece based on the words Tea Bags on my box of tea bags. I used a scrap piece of black fabric as the background. I took three tea bag wrappers and drew these characters on the outside in marker and colored pencils. The middle lady has the top of an onion bag for her hair. The squares behind each lady is made from a paper towel I had been using to clean my paint brushes from a previous project. I sewed the backgrounds on and then the ladies. I used the tea tag from tea bags to create the sayings. The teapot is the liner from my container of coffee. The handle is left over from a sandwich fabric I had made and then wrapped yarn around it. I embroidered the steam and then finished the edges using a pink with black polka dot ribbon I had in my stash. I couldn't resist using my soccer ball fabric as the backing for all the soccer mom's (and dad's) out there who need a little coffee each morning to jump start their days.


Gary's Words
Bonnie J. Smith
San Jose, CA
19"w x 40"h

Gary's words were his last words before he died of Aids in 1992.  He was a good friend to my entire family and when he called with the news I didn't even no how to respond. Once he was in the hospital he was there for good (six months) and one of the last times I visited him he gave me this poem he had written to express how he felt about the ordeal of dying.

Fair Trade
Sherry Boram,
Pendleton, IN
19"w x 34"h

If anything is grounds for change, it is the meager wage paid to individual coffee growers by large corporations. The Fair Trade movement is calling attention to this and is making a real difference in lives of farmers, but much more needs to be done. I hope this quilt raises awareness and that Fair Trade coffee becomes the Java of choice.

Materials: Hand dyed and printed Guatemalan fabrics; vintage lace trim, fringe of burlap, fabric, coffee filters and coffee beans (for beads).

Copper Coffee Courtyard
Linda Teddie Minton
Houston, Texas

My coffee filters "grew like Topsy" into a formal garden of three-dimensional filter-flowers (naturally coffee-stained), hand-painted cotton fabric remnants, couched copper pennies, and free-motion machine quilting.  In the "green" spirit of recycling, my friend Liz Broussard contributed the fan-shaped stitched filters at the top and bottom of the piece.  Otherwise, the filters are folded and pleated, not cut.  I enjoyed the opportunity to work strictly with recycled materials in this challenge.  Thank you Annie Copeland!