I love tea. I didn't used to; as a child I thought it was nasty and couldn't understand why my mum drank so much of it. Then as a teenager tea was deeply untrendy - black coffee was the beverage of choice in our sixth form common room. When we lived in the US it became a highly desirable commodity - at that time Twinings was very hard to come by and if you did find some it cost a fortune, so we would ask visitors to bring us boxes of teabags, and would stuff our suitcases on the way home from (infrequent) trips home.
And now we're home again, and I drink gallons of the stuff; there's usually a pot brewing, or half drunk, or just waiting on the counter. And there's my problem - I get distracted and wander away and the pot goes cold. So, a tea cosy was what I needed! There's a simple pattern in Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing but to be honest you don't need a pattern - I made a template out of paper and used some leftover wadding to pad between the outer and inner shells and now my teapot is very happy and very hot!
I made some coasters too - I started with the basic geometric quilted ones from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, which were easy and fun:
and then I started getting silly with the free motion foot and spotty material; I like these a lot.
And now I have my hot cuppa, I can sit down and enjoy the goodies sent to me just before Christmas by Lea:
A good read and and a very Dottycookie apron, and a beautiful beaded brooch respectively - yummy! Time for a quick break I think ...