Some months ago, Julie and I were driving down to our friend Gosia's and we got to talking about what Julie would like for her 40th birthday; I wanted to do something really special for her. She chose high tea with some of her nearest & dearest ladies, and wow, what a good choice. I would like to have a tea party, like, every week. We had the party at Tea With An Accent in Yardley which really deserves all the very good reviews it's gotten. I didn't have to lift a finger, either, which was particularly good this week as nasty germs continue to plague the household (Maya is almost out of quarantine but it looks like Sam's got sinusitis... again!).
I wanted Julie to have a very special memento of her day so I made her the teacup quilt shown above. Each teacup is of a different fabric; the curls of steam above each cup are in free motion quilting, just running stitch, and the teabag strings are pretty tight zigzags. Each tea party guest was invited to write a word/phrase describing Julie on a teabag tag, then sign. I was so proud to see this quilt fill up with such beautiful and fitting sentiments. Here are some that I remember:
"my frilly garden princess" - Julie's mom
"sparkling wit" - Micki
"pursuer of quests" - Lianne
"loving flowers" - Gosia
"beautiful as a butterfly" - Alicia
"defender of the mighty" - me
Julie's young cousin Haley interpreted the rules in a unique and delightful way by drawing a sweet butterfly on her teabag tag instead of writing something. I totally approve.
Lianne (a great photographer) snapped lots of photos, and here we all are with the quilt all signed (though I think Drin was taking a turn with the camera here). I'm on the far left and Julie is front and center with the shiny tiara. Oh, and here I am stuffing my face and invading Haley's personal space, I think. I'm happy, though. Awesome.