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Hi Fellow Quilters!

Thank you for visiting us during the “Small, Smaller, Smallest” blog hop, hosted by our friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  I’m happy be here today, sharing one of my small projects with you.  Please take the time to visit the rest of the blogs on today’s list- you’re going to see some amazing things!  You’ll find the complete list of participating blogs at the end of this post.  Enjoy!

Susan and I both enjoy making small quilted projects.  All of the models that we’ve made for our pattern designs are baby quilts or smaller projects, and you can see them when you visit the Quilt Gallery here on our blog.  I decided to create something new for this blog hop, so I’ve made a cute tea cozy.  I hope to host a little tea party (girls only!) when our Mom comes to visit next week.  The tea cozy will keep our tea nice and hot while we enjoy a visit (and some tasty treats of course).  I’ll set the table with my pretty white teapot, the beautiful crocheted lace cloth that Mom made for me when I was a new bride, and the beautiful china teacups that belonged to my Grandmother.  Wouldn’t it be fun if you could join us too!

tea party B

I found this adorable free tea cozy pattern on Sew 4 Home’s website, and thought that it would be perfect for my small project.  I modified the original pattern a bit by increasing the width of the center panel to accommodate our fun flowers and bumblebee applique.

The fabrics that I chose for my tea cozy aren’t the delicate and feminine prints that are typically associated with tea parties, but I really like them!  The floral print has a myriad of colors so I chose several coordinating fabrics in my favorite colors to go with it, using blenders, dots, and a fun geometric print.  I think that the combination is fun and playful, with a modern twist.

tea cozy fabrics

After cutting out my fabric pieces according to the pattern instructions, I added my flower and bumblebee appliques to the center panel.  The back pocket features a single purple flower with a couple of green leaves, adding some interest to the back of the tea cozy.

The tea cozy pattern instructions were well written, and it went together quite easily!  I decided to make coordinating trivet to place under my teapot.  I traced one of my small plates to make the pattern, stitched some jumbo rickrack around the edges, and added a layer of Insul-Bright to make it heatproof.  The trivet minimizes heat transfer from the pot into the table below, keeping the tea piping hot!

tea cozy and trivet

Thank you so much for visiting our blog today!  I hope that you enjoyed seeing my small project.  We’d love to read your comments about the small, smaller, and smallest projects that you’ve enjoyed making!  Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs when you get a chance!

Happy quilting,


23 thoughts on “Small

  1. Such a cute project, I love the tea cozy and the trivet, of course, I do love insul-brite also, it’s a fabulous product and so much nicer than the batting with the silver cloth on it. Love the fabrics you used, it really makes it bright and spring like.

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  2. I love, love, love the fabrics and flowers on your tea cozy! I’m not a dainty/fancy kind of person so it’s perfect for my kind of life. The cozy is adorable, too! Thank you so much for hopping along with us and sharing your sweet tea cozy. You’ve got so many cute designs to look at in your shop!

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    1. Think of how cheery your fabric studio would be if you used the flowers and bee on a sewing machine cover? Or decorate your kitchen with a toaster cover! They are also the perfect size to make cute potholders! Susan


  3. Your flowers and bee pattern are so cute and perfect on the tea cozy. Love your fabrics too! Too cute for words. I love all girly things and my eyes are glazed with glitter after seeing you tea party picture. Thank you!

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  4. I do like this cozy and the idea of a warm pad under it, too. What a lovely tea party you will have. I hope you find some extra special baked wonderfulness to go with everything else.

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  5. Sharon, I do love your modern spin on using bright colors on your tea cosy! I’d love to join you for a tea party…it would be my first one ever! I’ll bring some fancy cookies!

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