A Haven for Vee

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Welcome to this week's edition (April 6–12) of La Tea Dah's Hospital-i-tea where we are to share ideas and pictures that involve stitching for the tea table. Any kind of stitches count: sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, tatting, quilting, etc. The work can be yours or of someone else, but should be homemade rather than done by factory machines. Ideas are napkins, tea cozies, table linens, and other creations made with tea themes.

Alack and alas, until last evening at 5, I had nothing to share. I hated the idea of sitting out this week so much, even though I had made my apologies to La Tea Dah already, that I couldn't let it go without attempting something...anything! Besides, I'd always wanted a tea cozy...

So here's my picture story:

I remem-bered some old quilted fabric packed away for over 15 years, which definitely needed a good washing.

A friend had already sent me a tea cozy pattern. Thanks, Teresa!

Now that I know how to do my own bias tape, this part was a cinch.

Using this quilt block pattern, I was able to reproduce the following embroi-dery pattern. Source

...which changed this to


Yes, the time is correct...roughly five hours to change this to that, but who's counting when I can participate after all?!

Have fun on the remainder of your Stitches-for-Tea tour!


  1. Very creative and quick! I like your new tea cozy very much. :)


  2. Vee,

    You clever crafter! This is wonderful! Perhaps I too will whip something up for this weeks challenge as I am still sitting on the sidelines! Not today, I have a meeting with the somber Dr. Chi. Maybe I can make him smile, better yet, maybe he can make me smile! Have a good day!

  3. What a great idea -- and so sucessfully carried out!

  4. Only 5 hours--it would have taken me 5 weeks! You are so talented, Vee!

  5. Vee you are amazing. The lengths you go to to have a new post for our enjoyment. The Tea Cozy looks great. I've been wanting to make one for ages and perhaps I'll get busy now too.

  6. Beautiful. I love your step by step post taking us along with you on your creative journey! What a fun result, too!! I like it. :)

  7. And you wonder how I can knit a scarf in one day. :-) Look what you did!!!
    Your tea cozy is so nice - great job.

  8. Good work Vee! Amazing! It would have taken me forever because I would never have been clever enough to come up with the idea in the first place! : ) Thanks for sharing!


  9. Delightful!! I enjoyed the way you showed the process through your photos. Thanks for sharing!

  10. How cute is that! I love it!

  11. So cute! That is what is good about a challenge! It makes you try something you wouldn't have otherwise, and you got such pretty results.

    I blogged about a challenge today too -- but mine is a crazy one! :-)

    Hugs, Pat

  12. Clever! What a pretty this you got from that!

  13. Vee: I'm so happy you got "down south" to visit me. Spring comes early here in Alabama and never fails to amaze me with its beauty (thank you God!)

    I'm adding you to my blog roll cause I'd like to get to know more about you and your interests.



  14. I think you are the only woman who whipped up something for this week's stitches-for-tea...you can bring home the bacon...fry it up in a pan! LOL Awesome, beautiful job Vee, I'm guessing you can do all things! :)

  15. Oh my...you are one very talented lady! I love the tea cozy...it turned out great.

  16. Hi Vee,

    How cute is your cozy! I love the fact that you used something stashed away instead of running out and buying new stuff. I was kind of bummed too that I had nothing to share so I think I stretched the boundaries a little too. He! He!

  17. What a wonderful contribution to this week's theme! It was a joy watching each stage of your creation. Thank you for sharing with us your step-by-step process. I love your new tea cozy!

  18. That's awesome... you took the bull by the horns! I hope you enjoyed the creative time. I get bummed too if I can't participate in something fun like this blogathon. Thanks for the sweet comments you left over at my blog.

  19. Now that was a very witty and cute ideal....I probably would have given up after say....3 hours. HA!
    Glad you "hung" in there.
    Thanks for showing your sweet Tea Cozy and sharing your ideals.

  20. Oh my goodness! How creative you are. Glad to see you won't have to sit this week out. Love it!

  21. That is just adorable! You are so smart!

    I finally have mine posted!


  22. Vee what a wonderful idea!!! Its clever and beautiful

  23. You guys are too kind and I thank you. Otherwise, I might have to give up my new found craftiness and I'm having way too much fun.

    This little cozy has been evolving so check out the post beyond this to see how.

  24. Well, well, well! If you aren't supercalifragilisticexpeelladocious!! You exemplify "where there is a will, there is a way!" Absolutely beautiful and so functional too!

    I, too, am sitting on the sidelines wracking my brain. Alas, I have plenty of tea linens but they are all machine made :( !
    Maybe I'll get creative yet this weekend and save the day too! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  25. I love your cozy and that you shared the journey step-by-step! Thanks so much for sharing!

  26. Ingenious! Perfect! I love your tea cozy! And am so inspired and touched that you simply could not let this week's topic go by untouched! I love what you have created and hope that you find much enjoyment from your little tea cozy for years to come! What a great job on the pattern and using an old quilt makes it even more special. I'm sorry it took me so long to get here --- I remembered you said you were skipping this week --- but I followed the thread from someone else's blog and it led me back here, and I'm so glad I came!

    Enjoy a great week!

    PS: I'm giggling now. Will you stitch up a proper tea outfit for this coming week as well?????

  27. La Tea Dah, I love ya, but the answer is "NO." However, you may expect to be surprised. ;>


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