A Christmas gift finish on Friday

I finished a tea cosy! It was a fairly quick item to make. Sewing the teapot took the longest time. It’s a free embroidery pattern from Kreative Kiwi. It’s supposed to be a coaster, but obviously, I did it as an applique. I used Island Batik solid “Dark Grey” and a white with light grey penguins on it that was in a stash builder’s bundle. However, once the stitching was on it, it was hard to see the penguins.

There are 3 layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting on each side of the tea cosy. It should keep the tea pot nice and warm.

What NOT to do!

I was in a Zoom meeting the other night. I put myself on ‘mute’ and started quilting away. I could hear everything that was being discussed. There was one time it felt a bit lumpy, but I checked, none of the edges had wormed their way under the quilt. But … remember these little ornaments I had made?

Well, they were stacked up on the other side of my sewing machine and one of them wandered … silly thing … it wandered where it shouldn’t … And it got itself sewn into the back of the quilt … It’s quilted on there pretty good!

Now, I needed to decide if it stays? (probably not!). Do I take out the quilting and re-quilt the front? Or do I carefully cut the silly wandered out? I know … a much of a pain as it is to re-quilt, that is probably the best solution! (And yes, that’s what I ended up doing.

The Holiday Seclusion Mystery will start on Dec. 26. With most everyone staying put, I figured it’s a good time to do a simple mystery. Even though it’s called a holiday mystery – it’s not a holiday quilt. Unless you use holiday fabrics … it’s just a small quilt – 43″ x 43.” It will make a great baby quilt or table topper. It can easily be made larger, but I’m just giving you the directions for the small quilt.

Do you want a 2 colour quilt? Then this will do the trick!

Do you want a scrappy quilt? You have that choice as well.

Fabric Requirements

  • Background:  1 ½  yards
  • Scraps:   1 – 1½ yards …. (if making a 2 colour quilt, 1 yard)

SEW … what did I use to make this quilt? For the 2 colour quilt, I used a white background paired with a peach print. It will make a nice baby quilt. The scrappy quilt has a grey background and has dark teal, dark green and green prints. Yes, they are all Island Batik fabrics!

Let’s Make this Mystery Quilt Together!

I was Featured

On Wednesday Wait Loss with the quilt Christina made! You can read about it HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    


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  2. Oops! I’ve caught the back folded up on my quilt before but never another project. But hard as it was you made the right decision to undo it and restitch. So sorry for that! Lovely cozy. Thanks for sharing it on Wednesday Wait Loss. Have fun with your mystery!

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    • Hi Alycia,
      I was tempted to leave it in. If it was a quilt I was going to keep, I would have … but it’s headed to the guild as a charity quilt … whenever I get the chance to drop it off!
      Hope to “see” you at the mystery!
      Happy Quilting!


  3. Pretty tea cozy, I love the penguins too! Your Mystery sounds fun, I may give it a try 😉
    I’m starting again, after doing it for 2019 and 2020, a list of free challenges for 2021. For sure your Mystery will be featured.
    Plus, you are welcome to join in the weekly link party (every Sundays) at my place ;))

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    • Thanks, Frédérique!
      I look forward to the list of free challenges! Others that will be happening on my blog are PHD in 2021 and a Stay at Home Round Robin – starting Jan. 11.
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


  4. The tea cozy is so cute and I like the penguin fabric you used. I think we have all done similar oops like quilting the mask onto the back. BTW it’s a cute holiday mask. Reminds me that I should make another.
    Merry Christmas!

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  5. Beautiful tea cosy, Gail. It’s sure to keep that pot of tea nice and warm. 😉. Too bad you had to slice that sweet ornament off the back of your quilt. If I get this test pattern done I just might have to join in on your QAL. 😉

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  6. I hate when something like that happens while quilting! Sorry you had to do over. I may not get to your mystery stitch along, but am going to probably join your PHD in 2021 challenge! I have SO many unfinished projects in the works right now!!

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  7. Hi Gail! What are the odds that the ornament would wander over to where you were quilting?!! I think that is a hoot – not the having to rip it out part, but if you left it there. It would make for a funny story. Ah well, it’s been removed now but your photo did give me a bit of a giggle on this fabulous Friday. I cannot join in the mystery quilt but I sure will encourage you and others, and I look forward to the reveal. I have a Stay-At-Home-Round-Robin to worry about. HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne!
      If I’d been keeping the quilt, I would have left it in … but it’s a donation quilt – so the ornament was removed!
      A Stay at Home Round Robin? perhaps I need to worry about that as well!! Or at least get started!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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