Sunday, July 15, 2007


My mother-in-law (MIL) had her 80th birthday last week and my FIL hosted a smorgasbord in her honour. I ate too much! It was a cozy affair filled with old friends, neighbours and family. She received flowers, cards, and a few gifts.

What do you get a woman who has lived so long and has pretty much everything she's needed or wanted? She has already many quilts from her daughter in Calgary. Something personal and handmade is good, though. My in-laws, like my husband and I, love cats and we introduced them to their now spoiled companion Rusty. Rusty was a stray, that showed up at our doorstep in the winter time about 12 years ago! My in-laws, like us, also have to have our daily doses of a tea cozy it is, with cats on it of course! (I am starting to believe tea cozies are my specialty!)

I chose the orange fabric to go with their living room. I pieced the tabby cats. I would have loved to have tried this in the "liberated" fashion but I only had one fat quarter of the back ground fabric, so I had no fabric to waste in experimentation. I planned it out on graph paper.

This is the "tail end" as I like to call it! I appliqued the bird. Boy did I have a time with that! Drawing birds is not my strong suit. It started as one piece until I cut off its head! Then I cut wings out and added a beak and feet in another colour. I am happy with the result. So I call this cozy "Tea'se".

Happy Birthday Lois!


Also, please check out our guild's website for a post about my first quilt. We are hosting an on-line show and tell for members in the theme of "my first quilt".


Karen said...

Your tea cozy is amazing. And such a perfect gift idea for somebody who already has everything. The cats are great!

atet said...

What a great and thoughtful gift!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

great tea cozy - I love the tails around the back. great job with the bird.

sewnut said...

I covet that orange fabric.

Carol E. said...

What a great tea cozy! I love the background fabric and the tails in the back.

YankeeQuilter said...

She will never lose the teapot with that cozy around! Love it.