Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tea, temperatures and a new craft
Here in Georgia we are gearing up for a "wintery mix" that may be coming overnight. Since we haven't seen snow or even ice in my neck of the woods in years, I am quite excited about the possibility of freezing temperatures. And speaking of temperatures, my new Mrs. Tea has caused me to reexamine some old teas at new temperatures. I wasn't that fond of the Candy Apple tea sample I had when I tried it before, but in the Mrs. Tea tea maker, it's good! A reader has pointed out that Mrs. Tea doesn't actually boil the water, but since I like a slightly cooler temperature of tea, that works great for me.
Candy Apple tea is what I sipped last night while a) watching American Idol and b) searching for a quilt book I found on eBay some months ago. If I'm going to get frozen inside the house for a few days (fingers crossed), I am going to have some needlework ready. This book is called "Tea Party Time: Romantic Quilts & Tasty Tidbits" (That Patchwork Place, 1992), and it's by Nancy J. Martin and includes recipes for tea party foods in addition to the quilt patterns, which I think is a particularly clever idea.
The quilt I most like in this book is titled Tea Party, consisting of a teapot center block surrounded by eight teacup blocks. I believe my applique skills are up to the challenge, and we shall see. Now ... let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! And a question for inquiring minds who want to know: See the cup up top, the one with the quilt design on it? It's stamped International Tableworks, but I don't know the name of the pattern. Do you? Any help would be much appreciated!