…and keep it company

BLOGTOBERFEST, Day 29

Anyone who lived through the 1970s in America probably remembers the coca-cola commercial with the theme song “I’d like to buy the World a Coke, and keep it company…”, originally aired in 1971 (when I was 2, but I remember it well so it obviously stuck around for a while– here’s a refresher of the Christmas version:

I kept humming this song while I made this mug rug for Jill, in October’s Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Swap:

Jill doesn’t drink coffee or tea, Diet Coke is her liquid of choice.  And she happens to be a big fan of foundation paper piecing.  I started by sketching the Diet Coke logo, and then free-hand, hand embroidering it:

Then I drew up the bottle, transformed it into a paper pieced foundation and got to piecing.  I tweaked it as I went, it’s not perfect, but it looks pretty good.  Then I cut into a Munki Munki coca-cola nightshirt I’ve had stuffed in my closet for a few years, and started piecing patchwork around the fussy-cut double decker bus:

The back:

Giving this to Jill was such a joy.  She made me this fabulous pillow in our last Guild swap, so I wanted to really wow her with something made especially for her.

FREE PAPER PIECING & EMBROIDERY PATTERN for the Diet Coke bottle Coming Soon!!

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10 thoughts on “…and keep it company

  1. Ha! They must have played that commercial for a long time because I was born in ’77 and remember it! Thanks for sharing your pattern soon.

  2. Yep, that commercial jingle pops into my head on occasion, too. And I’m a ’78 baby… Still heartwarming after all these years…!

    As a Diet Coke addict, I mean, drinker, I very much look forward to the paper-piecing pattern! This is such a great piece! Love your ‘bubble’ fabric. 🙂

  3. I don’t drink diet soda, but maybe I know someone who does! Can’t wait for the pattern! Beautiful embroidery–I thought it was machine!

  4. OMG. I love it! I can’t believe you hand embroidered that! I love the white-on-white fabric that looks like the fizz! Cool! And the little bus! I don’t drink coffee…occasionally drink tea. Diet Coke is my beverage of choice, too. Just remember that. 🙂

  5. I remember that commercial! Love, love, love your Diet Coke paper piecing…didn’t realize it was paper pieced until you mentioned it. Love Diet Coke too 🙂 I’m sure she’ll love it!

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