Friday, 14 June 2013

Time for Tea

I remember last year, shortly after making a tea cozy for Fat Quarterly hearing a story on the radio about teapot usage being in decline.  Do bear in mind it was early in 2012 and there appeared to be no other news.  That's not to say these things aren't important.  I start each day with a teapot (filter built in),  a cozy and loose Earl Grey tea.  Now Penny is more likely to have a coffee first thing but I know she is partial to tea as well so I made her a tea cozy for her birthday a few weeks back.
The centre was made up of english paper pieced diamonds which I had sewn for the first Sewing Directory Exeter Meet up, (there is a second in September).
Aurifil had kindly sent me some 28wt thread which was perfect for hand quilting.  I used the template from my Fat Quarterly cozy and added the 60 degree triangle with Y seams on the machine.

I love the colours, rich and vibrant with a little lightness mixed in too.



And I included my favroutie tea, Waitrose Loose Leaf Earl Grey.  I have tried a lot of Earl Grey teas and this is my very favourite.  The spoon is an old fruit sugar spoon, much tarnished which belonged to my Grandma, much loved.
The irony of that news story is another similar one only a month before showing the rise in teapot sales following a rather beautiful example which featured on Sherlock. My day is based around my tea consumption, definitely my favourite drink, followed by a really good bitter, though probably not for breakfast.
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28 comments:

  1. I really wish I liked tea. It seems so elegant and quaint at the same time. Plus there are gobs of cute accessories, like teapots. I love teapots and I have a little collection.

    Your cozy is very sweet with lovely detail.

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  2. Lovely cosy. My teapot never gets used. I'm rubbish at remembering to use leaf tea. Love your granny's spoon too!

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  3. Beautiful cozy! I think I might just start making coffee in a tea pot since I drink so much!

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  4. i really, really love your teapot cozy! the colors are great. what is the fabric you used in the center? i really like the way it looks.

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    1. It is a French General print from the Petit Ecole range from a couple of years ago

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  5. Gorgeous Cosy. Teahas become more popular in Australia with new shops appearing which sell different teas and beautiful tea pots etc.

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  6. I think your teapot cozy is beautiful, but I don't like tea, so never drink it!

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  7. Beautiful. Tea and Sherlock please, I'll skip the Bitter (I am bitter enough!) xxx

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  8. Oh - how I would love to make this - I can't get my printer to print 100%. Thanks - as always for sharing your wonderful projects with us. Blessings!!!!

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    1. Google docs is being tricksy- so I have now added the link to Scribd, should be working now http://www.scribd.com/doc/147952723/Tea-Cozy-Pattern-Piece

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  9. I love my tea. A very good customer of mine thanked me with a grocery bag filled with loose teas. All I did was re-pack something of his and save him $$$. His gift made my overtime pass much easier this winter and spring. Every time I opened the drawer and smelled the lovely scents, my day brightened. My favorite was the oolong. Although there is a chai tea that is a close second.

    Your tea cozy is very pretty.

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  10. Brilliant :-) I am a big tea fan too, and sherlock - when is series 3 coming out! My latest tea discovery is Monk Pear - it is so delicious :-) One day I will make a tea cosy - I would like to try your paper pieced tea pot.

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  11. Love the cosy, like you i love tea ;)
    Can you let me have a link to the exeter sewing meet up?
    Thanks

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    1. Sorry, I meant to add that to the post- it's there now!

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  12. Early Grey Tea first thing in the morning - WONDERFUL! I love tea and won't go near coffee. I think I will make one.....
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  13. Love your tea cosy, Kerry, especially the fabric you used for the star!
    Like you, we love tea : we drink earl grey in the afternoon, green tea with rose petals on morning and I use oolong to "smoke" the home made tofu.
    By the way, your datura top is lovely!

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  14. I have ..multiple .. tea pots and ALWAYS have the kettle on .. tastes so much nicer from the pot xx I have 2 cosies.. now feel inspired to make another one xx

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  15. Love the teacosy Kerry, me I start the day with a large mug of strong English Breakfast tea, not very fancy, but it has to be drunk out of bone china, I hate tea made in nasty thick mugs!

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  16. Lucky Penny to receive such an amazingly beautiful tea cozy! I'm a green tea drinker, yet I love Earl Grey. I must try your favorite tea leaves! Oh and I never knew that "bitter" = beer in English terms! I'd definitely like to try the English "bitter" one of these days ;)

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  17. Ooh gorgeous ! Tea is the drink for me - more typhoo than earl grey though!

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  18. Love the fussy cut centres, very cheerful for first thing in the morning.

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  20. I love tea, all kinds. Your tea cozy is lovely, Kerry. What a treasure your Grandma's spoon is.

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  21. Your tea cosy has made me want to make tea, Kerry!! It's beautifully thought out and constructed and sits in a place of honor with my moms china when I'm not using it. ❤

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  22. Love the fussy cut EPP in this :o)

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  23. This is adorable! I love pretty serving equipment. And you always choose such cool fabrics!

    Do you know the crafting community Kollabora? I'm moving apartments soon and have found a lot of good ideas for decorative sewing projects over there. I feel like this kind of thing would appeal to a lot of the members.

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