What an interesting idea I thought this was when first reading about it. Us quilters all have a supply of old books sitting on the book shelf for that "one day soon project". Settling myself down with a cup of coffee and pile of books I started to flip through and make a list of possible items to make. After doing some preliminary investigations most of my choices were discarded which meant several more cups of coffee and more flipping of pages until I found what I thought was going to be my final choice. Obviously it had to be from one of the books although it could be "tweaked". I also wanted a small item and something that could be useful for someone. Decision time.
The book. This book was first printed in 2008 and I was given it soon after that date.
The page chosen. Something small and could be useful for someone.
However before going through my stash for suitable fabrics I thought it wise to consult a tea conniosseur - my daughter-in-law who loves her speciality teas and does use a teapot - unlike me who is a coffee drinker and if I do ever have the occasional tea it is a green teabag dunked into a cup of hot water. I know tea drinkers will be shuddering at that bit of information.
So I was advised by my daughter-in-law that the best size tea cosy to make would be for a 4 cup teapot - language foreign to me - and to use a thick wadding to keep the tea hot for ages. Armed with this information it was time to dive into the stash and find suitable fabrics.
Will I go country - seems like a good choice or modern, patchwork, fruits, vegetables, oriental, kitcheny - is there such a word - or teapot themed?
This fabric won out in the end. It seemed the obvious choice to me as it had teapots and kettles of all shapes and sizes on it.
And here is the finished item - slightly tweaked from the one in the book but none the less a quilted tea cosy.
The pretty cup, saucer and plate next to the tea cosy belonged to my grandmother. She always kept them in a china cabinet in what was known as "the good room". It now sits in a glass cabinet in our living room.
Thank you Bea for organising such a fun blog hop. You can see some more "dusted off books" and projects from them at the following blogs.
This sounds like a fun hop. Your tea cosy is adorable...and yes, will be useful to a tea drinker. You selected the perfect fabric for it too!
Karen that is a great fabric for a wonderful gift.
Great choice of make.... yes, we all have those books for one day... I'm not even going to try and look there and get distracted!
You did have the perfect fabric for a tea cozy, well done. And I'm with you, a green tea drinker with the tea bag dunked in the hot water.
Beautiful gift for a tea over! Well done with the challenge ;)
Well done. Someone will love it.
I saw tea cozies in my search for a pattern as well and wouldn’t have thought to use extra batting for warmth.
What a great idea - at least the book gets used!
That's really cute! Thanks for participating!
Hi Karen, that's a great tea cozy. I also have the same tea cup and saucer from my grandmother :-) Have a great day!
You found a great project and so useful. Congrats on making a project from that book.
I am not a tea drinker, but I love the fabric, and your tea cozy turned out gorgeous. I have a bunch of tea cups which were my great grandmother's too, sitting in a display cabinet.
My tea comes out of a Keurig, but I may just have to get a teapot after seeing this pretty cozy. I love the fabrics...great book choice!
What fun blog hop and you chose a great project from the dusty book and used perfect fabric.
Such a cute tea cosy…
That is a great tea cozy and a wonderful gift! :)
simply adorable tea cozy...
Your tea cozy is lovely and such a practical item to make. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
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