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!


  1. We have the same forecast you do. I'm crossing my fingers for snow too.

    That looks like a nice book. It combines 2 of your hobbies. Good luck with the quilt. Is it hand or machine appliqué? Be sure to share a picture when you are finished. I'm actually taking a beginner hand appliqué class at After years of suffering from a bad first teacher, I decided to give appliqué another try. So far so good.

  2. Oh, my goodness! I have a quilter friend who NEEDS this!


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