Sometimes when I start to miss San Francisco I go make a cup of tea. Mind you I do drink tea just about all day long of one type or another, but I mean a special cup of tea. I will get out my favorite leaves and select a particularly special tea ball to brew them in.
So why is this tea ball so special you may be asking? Well, not long after I had to move back to Texas a mysterious box arrived. I hadn’t ordered anything, what could it be? Turns out some very sweet friends had put together a care package full of goodies to surprise me. One of the items inside was this tiny tea pot shaped tea ball.
Not only is it shaped like a tea pot but it also comes with a delicate scallop edged plate to rest it on when you’re done using it. See the chain? If you pull gently the lid pops off so you can place the tea inside.
Whoever designed it seems oh so cleaver to me, as by running the chain through the handle it keeps the lid from popping open when you place the tea ball into your cup.
The only drawback may be that the chain is a bit too short to hang it over the side of your cup, but I don’t mind. I still think it makes some of the best tea in the house because of the lovely thoughts behind its arrival in my life.
After such a positive experience with my earlier swap, I stumbled upon a hexie flower swap. This one is less organized but it’s also international. I have become quiet addicted to english paper piecing and can’t seem to stop!
I started this project about three weeks ago and in the last week the flowers have really started to land in my mailbox. It’s so exciting to receive fun mail!
Here are all of my amazing flowers thus far. The separate lower ones have come in over the last week.
If you follow quilting much on social media, you may be familiar with the growing english paper piecing trend, especially the amazing La Passcacaglia pattern.
After seeing many amazing wheels created and their fantastic kaleidoscope of patterns I caved and bought myself the book and some supplies at a quilt show.
Here is my progress so far, I just finished my first wheel this week.
After five weeks without a sewing machine I think I started getting a nervous twitch. That probably sounds a bit strange, but I’m sure my fellow sewers know what I’m talking about. I’ve been incredibly stressed lately, so I decided this past Sunday to take a day to ignore the house and just focus on some self time. The best thing about taking a day for yourself is sewing whatever you want, so why not start a new project. I’ve had this pattern for a while now and I have been slowly buying fabric for it as they catch my eye.
So far I have these two pieces 95% done, as I still need to applique on their centers and trim them up. (See, that applique thing has come up already!)
Lazy Sundays are best…wait, is it a lazy Sunday if I spend most of the day productively sewing??! Well, it’s relaxing to me anyway. Especially when I have the cutest mug in the house accompanying me.
It has been quiet some time since I have been able to post a project update; thanks to packing, moving, holidays and some life crazy. Thankfully though it seems like things are bringing to calm down and despite the fact I still have several boxes that need unpacked, I’ve started sewing again. I have my sewing space unpacked, so I’m all done now right? XD
My sewing machine was packed up for five weeks, so I had plenty of time to work on piecing together my hexies. Look how wonderful my two foot and some inches hexie turned out! I’m super chuffed about it, especially since this is my first trek into english paper piecing. (And you can see my gorgeous new wood floor.)
Seeing as I missed several weeks of updates, here are some progress pictures, including all the hexies lined up in a box lid and ready to be pieced. They certainly are beautiful when they are lined up like that.
I’m back from the International Quilt Festival and wow what another stunning year! I thought today would be a great time to post the goodies I found from the event.
I really had one item goal for this trip and it was to find this amazing Millefiori quilt book and it’s accompanying paper pieces. I think I found it on he first vendor row and wow did that make my day! I also grabbed a bag of more hexies too. (Can’t have too many hexie papers!)
I came upon the amazing gradation fabric somewhere in the middle of the show hall. There were many more colors than these and it was a bit hard to pick which ones to bring home.
Finally found the full sized Disco pattern, which none of my local shops have had for a few months now. The templates are so I can fussy cut parts for the Millefiori cover quilt on the book above.