Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tea Party Picnic for my Quilt Guild

F&P May June 2006 Tea Time

I am furiously working to finish making this "Time for Tea" table topper - 

Appliqué Pattern by Darlene Zimmerman & Rachel Shelburne,

 but it won't be done by this Tuesday's KISS Quilt Guild "Tea Party Picnic".  

The pattern for this quilt is now out of print but can be found in Fons & Porter's "Love of  Quilting"- May/June 2006.  You can buy the digital version of that issue for only $2.99 HERE.


This little limoges box was the inspiration for the theme of my quilt guild's annual picnic
...a "Tea Party Picnic"

Every member has been asked to bring a tea cup with them, 

but they have to put it down at a different place from where 

they are going to be seated.  

Everyone will take home a 'new to them' tea cup, 

after using it at the party!


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Those of you who have followed my blog for years know how 

much I LOVE my TEA!! 

I collect teapots & teacups & will be bringing most of my 

collection to use as centerpieces on each table 

where members will be seated.

Sewing group with Chickadee quilt & tea set 025[2]

tea & cookies on a snowy day 002[2]

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tea with Ms. C. 004[8]

Here is a photo of the paper drip catchers for teapots.

and a LINK to where you can buy them!
Thanks for mentioning them, Kitty!

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I only had to borrow a few from friends, 

to make sure I had enough large sized ones to use....

I didn't think the Christmas ones would work too well.


This darling little thatched roof one, 
with the bluebird looking at his reflection, 
is my newest aquisition!  
Isn't he TOO cute?!


This delicate treasure belongs to my friend Nicole & 
I'm almost afraid to take it, 
for fear of it getting damaged in transit. 
I'm so enamoured of its graceful lines.

My committee members & I have been busy
making little fabric bowls to hold sweeteners
on each table.  
Here is a link to the video that I used to make the fabric bowls, shown below,


These are the measurements I used to get this little size:


I hope I remember to bring my camera 
so that I can share some photos of the picnic next week! 

This is the big end-of-the-year "Show & Tell" 
where everyone brings their projects 
that they learned to make in the mini groups
which are held all year long.

We will also sign up to take some new mini group 
classes for the upcoming season.  

Just wait till you see THOSE gorgeous projects...

can we say "EXCITED!!" 

Thanks for stopping by "The Gazebo House" today.

Wish we could share a cup of tea together!

Brass_Teapot_Cup_xsnagx Rettabug


  1. Your tea is sure to be a great success with all the planning that's gone into it. Such a great collection of teapots! The quilt is adorable even if it doesn't get finished on time.

  2. What a lovely idea for a get-together. The tea theme is always a sweet one. You have certainly put a lot of thought into all of it. The quilt - well, it is just darling!


  3. what a great idea for your quilt and tea groups. I must say that you have the most beautiful tea pots, cups and saucers I have ever seen.

    Your quilt is beautiful. I love the quilts and have many home made ones that are tacked and quilted.

    Your party should be a big success. Have a great time and take lots of pictures. Hope your doing well.

  4. A beautiful tea table topper! You did a wonderful job on it.

  5. Oh my goodness, Rett, I'm in love with your tea pot quilted topper! I can't see where it's not finished...what a darling pattern. Your little sweetener bowls are too,too, cute. I wish I lived closer because I'd love to be a member! The ladies are going to have such fun and then to take home a new teacup, too. It was such fun seeing all your teapots, and I loved the drip catcher on the one teapot. I'll bet you made that! Have fun at your tea party!

    1. Thanks Kitty...I wish YOU lived closer, too!! We'd have a blast, sewing & sharing tea & treats!
      I have added a link to a source for the little paper drip catchers on my teapot.
      Lots of tea shops carry them but it is probably easier to just buy them online.

  6. what a delightful post...such a wonderful collection of cups and pots...just beautiful...

  7. Your teapot collection is amazing, so beautiful. This sounds like such a lovely, well planned social event. I am inspired!

  8. Rett, You know tea parties, quilts and picnics are three of my favorite things! Your topper is beautiful along with your sweet inspiration Limoges box! I love the idea of everyone bringing a cup and leaving with a new one. Your newest blue bird teapot is adorable. I'm lovin' that Christmas wreath quilted pillow with the bows too! ♥

  9. Rett, what a lovely idea for a party! I think that would be fun for me to try! You would never forget such a party!


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