September 16, 2011

Apron, Tea & Stars


Come over for tea so I can show off my fabulous new apron!!! My friend and fellow quilt designer Sonja and I swapped some goodies on thursday night at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I am just giddy with excitement about the apron she made for me! I wore my new apron for the entire meeting and all the way home too!


The only problem was that I couldn't decide which side to wear because it's reversible! How cool is that?!! And I received all these other goodies too including some delicious Nut Crunch tea! Thank you Sonja!

Here is what Sonja received... I made her a cozy for her french press in colours to match the apron that she made herself a few months ago. I also included some homemade Cocoa Cranberry Cookies (my own recipe), a lavender teabag sachet, and some wood buttons from Italy & Japan.



I actually didn't know the exact size for her french press. However, she had sent me a picture and told me where she purchased it. So I snuck over to London Drugs, purchased the french press, brought it home, measured it, and returned it the next day! It was only slightly different than the Kaffe press from Ikea for which I designed my pattern.



I also did a tiny swap with Prairie Mouse. This little bird is flying all the way to New Zealand in exchange for this sweet little green bunny! Thanks Louise!

And here is a look at my newly updated tea drawer. The jars hold loose leaf teas and was inspired by The Great Wall Tea Co right here in New Westminster!


And because they look like my tea drawer, here is a peek at my wonky star blocks. I really like how they look right now but I still have a ziploc full of 2 1/2" linen squares so I'm not certain if the quilt will keep growing...

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

38 comments :

  1. Everything look so great!!! congratulations!

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  2. Very beatiful as always.

    Kisses from Barcelona(Spain)

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  3. Wow! They all are very beautiful!!!!

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  4. Such an inspirational parade of projects, I love every on of them!

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  5. Your job is my favorite!
    Very inspiring! Thank you!
    Ioanna, Athens, Greece

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  6. I am not sure which of you made out, everything looks wonderful. I have a question for you though, I love the look of your quilted items mostly because of your quilting, but also because of the loft of your batting...what batting do you usually use? On your press cozy do you add insulbrite and batting? I do this to my hotpads and the come out nice and hefty just like I like them, but I am so curious how you get that look. I love all your tea and coffee patterns by the way!

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  7. All such fabulous stuff - particularly like the French press cozy - do you have a tutorial?

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  8. I love the appliques on your french presser cozy!!!

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  9. Lovey as always, it´s so fun to read your blogg, Inspiring!
    Have a great weekend.

    Karin på Ösäter

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  10. Beautiful fabric choices for the press to match Sonja's apron, it co-ordinates perfectly. The variety in cup shapes us lovely and I can't believe you remembered the little hat for the top!

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  11. Hi Ferne,
    Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I did not make the apron but I made everything else :o) In the french press cozies, I use one layer of insulbrite against the backing and then a layer of polyester batting (4oz) on top of that. In my hot pads/ potholders, I use 2 layers of insulbrite. This is the insulbrite that looks like a thin dense polyester batting (no silver).
    Hugs, Laurraine

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  12. Hi Peg,
    The French Press pattern can be found in Pretty Little Cozies with the garden design as seen on the cover:
    http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Little-Cozies/dp/1600593763/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c
    I will be making it into a pattern booklet next year. Thank you!
    Hugs, Laurraine

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  13. Everything looks gorgeous! Your tea-drawer is amazing!
    Anja

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  14. This post made me smile. Thanks, Laurraine!

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  15. grand job on your apron...I think aprons are nice too... you know my mama work them both functional and very pretty voile and lace all starched!!

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  16. Thanks Kathryn, Sonja made the fabulous apron for me :o) Hugs, L

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  17. The French press cozy is just darling. Love how you made it so that there is a triangular "dip" where the spout is!

    Little birdie is cute, too!

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  18. Oh Laurraine, I'm thrilled that you like your apron! It looks great with your teapot yay! Thank you so so much for my press cozy, I'm almost scared to use it, I don't want to mess it up lol! I showed it to my hubby (the ultimate critic) and he was completely bowled over by how professional and meticulous your work is. You're amazing, *huge grin*

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  19. What a lovely post - so many happy things! Your tea drawer must make you smile every time you open it!

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  20. I love teas and that Nut Crunch sounds like it would be super delicious.

    I love the cozy. It's so super cute!

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  21. I really like the idea of those coloures jars, it really adds colour and zing to the kitchen, doesn't it?

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  22. Your apron is lovely but please tell me where I can buy a teapot like that ??? Online ?

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  23. awesome quilt ^^
    hopefully you will post the tutorial soon

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  24. lovely! I like best your wonky stars...can't wait to see it finished.

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  25. Very cosy and beautiful cups. You are a great inspirator. :)

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  26. Hi. I have joined your lovely blog to my bloglist. Thanks for sharing all your fine projects with us all! :)

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  27. Wonderful works and wonderful fabrics!
    Ciao.
    Anna Maria

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  28. Hello Laurraine,
    Thank you for visiting my blog! What a pleasant surprise it was!
    You asked me about what I want to do with all my tea cups...well, I just make them for fun.
    I realy love to find the right combination of fabrics and I love to sew them and everything.
    You inspire me in a very good way.
    My imagination just flies when I am looking at your work. Thank you for this!
    Hugs, Adriana

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  29. I love applique all my life...but I always thought it is very difficult to stitch...but now I think it would be a very good pastime..creating jewelry is another one I love ... lovely designs and work here.

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  30. Such a fab brilliant idea having a crafty swap... and I love you pot cozy, such pretty embroidery and applique... :O)

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  31. que lindo seus trabalhos, amei todos, sou iniciante e sonho um dia ser como vc..

    parabéns

    bjs

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  32. olá,sou carioc Rio de Janeiro-Brasil.
    Quero elogiar seu blog.Lugar mais lindo e bem cuidado.Nunca vi um blog,com tanto ricos detalhes.Você esta de Parabéns!
    Também tenho blogs
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    este ultimo,criei pois farei um curso de decoração de interiores ano que vem.
    Se quizer me dar a honra de sua visita,ficarei muito feliz.
    Tomei a liberdade de seguir seu blog,e farei propaganda de seu blog ,aqui no meu,pois coisas bonitas são para admirar.
    Att.Elizabeth.

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  33. Hi there,

    I am a big tea fan, and some of the ones you have sound absolutely amazing.

    I was wondering if you could pass on the names to some of the places you by tea from? I would be forever grateful to you!

    Thank you so much for sharing your photos, your work is all very beautiful :).

    Jo

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