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There's nothing more comforting than a cup of tea with friends... I love a good tea party... and how much fun to create your own tea cozy! Well I did just that!

HI, I'm Kim... I am the Merchandising Manager for Knit Picks, sister company to Connecting Threads... I wanted to drop in and tell you of my latest sewing experience... I fell in love with the "Sip of Summer" fabric line!!! - the colors are so bright and cheerful! and I couldn't resist the tea cozy and hot pad in the "Turning Strips & Squares into Table Sets" book. The colors in the book are very pastel, but as you can see, bright colors can also be so much fun!!! (later on I'm planning to make the table runner too!)

This project was very simple and quick... the tea cozy is basically two large pot holders held together with braided cording...

this works perfect since most tea pots are not created equal... the adjustable tea cozy is the perfect solution! and I used complimentary linings so that the whole set ties together...

Since the "Sip of Summer" fabric line has a wonderful assortment of bright "happy" colors, I can see myself making several different versions that will all tie together for my big high tea that I have every year....

Have you ever held a tea party? I do it once a year, the last Sunday of the year - kind of a thank you to my friends... Sandwiches, scones and little deserts... oh, and lots of tea... everyone will love it!! (you can do it for 2 or like me, for 16) I love to change the theme... Sip of Summer is the next theme!!! It will warm things up and bring a bit of summer to the monotone colors of winter... what fun!!!

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Comment by Linda Hughes on September 10, 2010 at 6:12pm
No tea parties for me either - but I really like that hot pad.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 8, 2010 at 8:11pm
Kim, love your tea cosy and love the Sip of Summer material. May just have to order that book. Thanks for sharing with us.
Comment by Kim Cameron on September 8, 2010 at 1:10pm
I've heard such wonderful comments and stories... thank you so much, you are all an inspiration...

For those who don't have girls to treat to a tea... here's an idea... why not invite your friends and their granddaughters? and I'm sure the boys (maybe the younger ones) would love to join in... or just have a ladies tea... or another idea, I bet there's a group of ladies at the senior center that would love a tea... it's such a fun experience to share!

I use to get creative with my invitations... one time I dissected a Lipton tea bag to get a pattern... made a giant tea bag out of tissue paper (it was a flow thru!) I slipped the typed invitation inside along with some loose tea... stapled it shut... the hexagon tag on the string said "Friends Tea 2008"

There is always someone who would love to have a tea! (it's such a pampering experience!)
Comment by Jacqueline Aest Buckner on September 8, 2010 at 12:48pm
When my daughter was a young child my mother in law would have her over for tea (cocoa) parties. Both my daughter and I learned so much from Grandma Bee, she is gone now, and I longed for a grand daughter to share with. All boys in our family! Perhaps my grandson, Connor, will marry and have a daughter! But all my children and grandchildren learned "tea party" manners and for that I am thankful.
Comment by Donna Sykes on September 8, 2010 at 8:37am
I love tea parties, too. I am a woman with 5 sons - no one to play tea party with. So, years ago I planned a tea party in February for the ladies of the family (I do have 3 nieces). We kept it up annually for a while and now do it periodically. We always have a great time. Your cozy is very cute and pretty.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on September 8, 2010 at 7:08am
Very nice! Sounds like a very fun and short project for those in between times of bigger quilts!
Comment by Margo in Maine on September 8, 2010 at 1:53am
How cute...when my GD was little I bought her a fancy tea set and would aways have tea when she came over....she loved to get it ready and serve...of course we always had hot chocolate and little tiny goodies..wonderful memories...she is almost 15 now....
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on September 7, 2010 at 6:10pm
Yes, yes, yes--I love giving tea parties and going to them! Just sent DD off to her first little apartment with kettle, tea pot--and no tea cozy!!! This will never do!
Comment by Gayle/La. on September 7, 2010 at 4:38pm
I have never been to a "Tea Party" but I do like that cozy and want to see the rest of the set when you finish.
Comment by BillieBee in TX on September 7, 2010 at 4:08pm
Love your coszy. Unlike B J I've never been to a tea party.....grin.

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