Sunday, 28 June 2015

Summertime and Peppermint Tea...

























(Hmm...I don't think he's too happy that I'm moving his quilt :-) )
Yesterday, I took a few more pics of my summer quilt (which I've previously posted about here, here and here)...and it's now ready to be put to good use...I've loved making this quilt ...a very simple and relaxing project...using 5 x 5" squares (charm packs plus some squares cut from my magic cupboard fabrics) secured by 'stitching in the ditch' (oh yes, I love that those stitches just can't be seen...makes me very happy )...with a deep quilted border made by first sketching a design all the way around then stitching with my walking foot...and lastly I added the hand sewn binding (the stripy fabric above is the backing fabric) The bedroom it will probably reside in is currently being redecorated...lots of white...and I think this will be a lovely splash of colour when the room's finished ;-) 
I was planning to call it my 'Summertime' quilt but as I took my pics yesterday and sipped my peppermint tea (more below) I noticed that there's actually quite a large dose of peppermint amongst these happy colours and so I've decided it's going to be known as my 'Peppermint Tea' quilt... it will connect my quilt with happy memories...

...anyone for peppermint tea?...

...eldest lovely daughter brought my tea all the way home 
from the beautiful Charlottesville house of 
Thomas Jefferson in Virginia...
(more about Thomas Jefferson and 'Monticello' here 
it's definitely an interesting read :-)  )
I wonder...have you tried peppermint tea and do you like it?
(it's known 'to soothe both body and spirit'...it's a yes from me...
...I do need to be more adventurous with my tea......
if you have a recommendation would you let me know?  

      

...back soon...

...happy making...

xxx








51 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

I love tea. Earl Grey for its individuality - special occasions. Lady Grey, I used to drink at work without milk, has a mild orangey flavour. I do not drink coffee and anytime my favoured beverage is tea! Any sort of tea as long as it is tea!
Gorgeous quilt, love the colours
Julie xxxxxx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Yes, I love Earl Grey Julie...haven't tried Lady Grey though?....(will add her to my list!)...Tea is definitely my favourite drink too..it would definitely have to be joining me on a desert island!...Thank you...loved making this quilt ♥

Anonymous said...

Your quilt is beautiful Susan! There are few things in life better than a good cup of tea and a wee nap under a handmade quilt! Perfect combination! ����xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh, I couldn't agree more Natalie!....Have a lovely weekend and thank you ♥

millefeuilles said...

The perfect summertime dream: a beautiful handstitched quilt and a refreshing cup of tea. Thank you Susan for those enticing pictures.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Susan, GOOD MORNING! Lovely Monticello, how I remember vacationing near there one year......and your quilts are beautifully photographed!

OK, peppermint tea is one of my favorites.Let me tell you what I do with it.....I take one bag of peppermint and another bag of either a vanilla tea OR A CHOCOLATE BLEND! Then I add milk, of course. And this makes for a lovely ICED tea as well! It is good for the stomach on its own in the morning too....enjoy it my dear! Anita

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

peppermint tea quilt is a great name for our quilt. We were in Charleston and Savannah last summer, peppermint tea is so redolent of the deep south. There's a lovely series of light mystery books called the Tea Shop Mysteries that I love set there. Your quilt will be beautiful in a room of mainly white.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Awe it's a beautiful quilt Susan and the name is perfect!
I'm not a peppermint tea drinker I'm afraid, my taste in tea is quite boring I like it black and strong!!!
Happy Sunday,
V x

Elderbeary said...

Hello Susan,
peppermint tea quilt is a wonderful name for your beautiful quilt. I love the smell of peppermint tea.
Sunny Sunday
Ursula

Things and Thoughts said...

I'm keen on these colors, soft and tender! Your quilt is a piece of art!
Have a happy week ahead
Olympia

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Stephanie...hope you're having a lovely Sunday ♥..x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Anita....(and I have to try the peppermint /vanilla combination I think...experiment a little!) ....Hope you have a great new week m'dear ;-) ...xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh lucky you Helen...I would love to visit Charleston and Savannah ♥...and yes, I like the name...it only came to me as I was taking the pics of the quilt and the tea ...and then it just stuck ;-)..xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you lovely Vivienne!...I've got to be honest I love a good strong Yorkshire tea...it's difficult to beat in my book! ;-) ...xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Ursula...yes, the smell of peppermint tea is one not to be forgotten...Hope you have a lovely new week!..x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Olympia...hope you have a lovely new week too ♥...x

Lovejoy Bears said...

What a perfect name for your beautiful quilt Susan!! I love peppermint tea, it's so fresh and soothing, just like your quilt :)
Hugs and happy Sunday ♥ Vicky ♥

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh, thank you lovely Vicky...yes, the name magically suddenly appeared from nowhere and I'm very glad that it did because I like it very much :-) ...Hope you have a happy new week! ♥...xx

Jennifer said...

I love peppermint tea and drink it often. I also love any tea blend that has peppermint or other mint in it, I think it's very refreshing. Your quilt is so beautiful! I adore the color combination.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Jennifer...yes, it's definitely refreshing :-) ...and these are some of my favourite colours for a quilt...the thing I most love about patchwork of any kind is that it opens up so many more possibilities to mix colours :-) ...x

Sonja Kuvik Loyd said...

I too love peppermint tea.Absolutely love the name Peppermint Tea Quilt.Snuggling with a lovely quilt and a cup of peppermint tea,while knitting.
I was wondering,what fabric are you using,I may have missed it.Its perfect in every way!
Have a wonderful day.

Lynda Harrison said...

Hello Susan,
Your quilt is just wonderful, and what an evocative name you have chosen for it - the Peppermint Tea Quilt brings to mind lots of sunshine, warmth and hazy summertime days.
I only ever drink herbal or fruit teas these days, after a health scare a few years ago, and find them so calming and refreshing. Have you tried green tea with jasmine, raspberry leaf with echinacea or making your own infusion using lemon balm from the garden? Just lovely!
Take care, and have a wonderful new week.
Love from
Lynda.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hi Sonja...I used some Moda charm packs by Bonnie and Camille 'Scrumptious' and added some of my own fabrics too ;-) all very pretty colours.. (ooh, yes.... sipping peppermint tea...under a lovely quilt and knitting too...who could ask for more! ;-) )

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Linda...I'm very pleased that it evokes summer days and think it may be around for many summers to come... I can see I'm going to be doing lots of experimenting with my tea drinking too!...I like the sound of the raspberry leaf and echinacea...
Have a lovely new week!...x

Jane said...

Hi dear Susan peppermint tea sounds a great name but I'm another strong tea girl although I enjoy occasionally drinking earl grey in the afternoon . What a gorgeous quilt it will look perfect in a nearly white room. Keep cool in the upcoming heatwave. Hugs xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you lovely Jane...ah yes, top of my list is a good strong tea....and never to be beaten, I suspect! ;-) .....Hope you have a lovely new week and have managed to return to earth after your beautiful holiday! ♥..x

Teresa Kasner said...

I do love peppermint tea.. actually peppermint anything.. and especially peppermint chocolate! :-) Your quilt is just gorgeous, I am sure wherever it will reside it will brighten the spirit of anyone who sees it. Have a wonderful week ahead! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Peppermint and chocolate are a perfect match, aren't they Teresa?...Thank you and hope you have a wonderful new week! ;-) ...xx

gee said...

Thanks for posting more photos of your quilt, it really is so lovely and minty and summertime with the warm coral pink.
I'm not such a fan of peppermint tea but after dinner mints are my favourite as is Earl grey tea.
The sun is shinning here today,but there is a cold wind outside.

Glenis

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Earl Grey is definitely a favourite, Glenis....(no sun but very humid in our corner today!)
Hope you have a great new week ♥..x

scrappyjacky said...

It looks gorgeous.....and peppermint tea is a perfect name.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ah, thank you Jacky ;-) ....Hope you have a great new week! ♥...x

Helen Philipps said...

Your new quilt is so pretty, what a lovely job you made sewing it, dear Susan! Peppermint Tea is such a sweet name for it! I do enjoy a cup of peppermint tea too (though mine is not as special as yours here!), and I love Earl Grey too....I also like a nice mug of ordinary tea any time as well :)
Wishing you a happy new week!
Helen xox

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Helen! ♥ ....(yes...I'm just thinking I should really save some of those very special tea leaves :-)...Thank you for you're lovely comments about my quilt too...'Peppermint Tea' has definitely continued to grow on me...I can't imagine it by any other name now ;-) ...Happy new week dear Helen ♥..x

Anonymous said...

Delightful name for your delightful quilt, Susan. I love it. It's very cheery, and sewn so beautifully - as always. I enjoy just looking at a pretty creation after completion for a while...do you? It will certainly add a happy splash of color in its permanent room.

Your daughter was so sweet to give you the tea. Our children are a blessing, indeed.

Best wishes for a wonderful day,
Marianne

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you so much dear Marianne....hope you've had a wonderful start to the new week ♥...xx

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful name for your beautiful quilt!!! It really is so gorgeous isn't it!! You must be so pleased with it and as you say, it will remind you of great times, what could be better! xx

11jayj said...

Love the finished quilt, the colour combination is amazing. Regarding tea, I've tried quite a few but not peppermint, I love lemon and ginger, refreshing,. Happy decorating I'm sure the quilt will look lovely.

Jackie

Proverbs 31 said...

Camomile & spiced apple at bedtime very relaxing. I love the colours of your quilt Susan. Enjoy your tea :)

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ah, thank you Amy!....Hope you're having a good week (I think it may be a very warm one for most of us ;-) )...x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Jackie...yes; I love these colours ♥.....lemon and ginger tea...ooh I forgot all about it and must give it a try...it's on the list!...;-) xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh, so many lovely teas...I think they may all have to be tried :-) Camomile and spiced apple does sound like a perfect bedtime drink..Thank you ♥

Gem said...

It is such a stunning and beautiful quilt. All of those hours of love that have poured into making it can be seen. I love the colours, they really complement each other x x x x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thanks so much Gem...hope you're having a great week ♥...x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Susan! Good morning! It was lovely to see your comment just now, as I prepare for a lovely day in my garden! I hear that out in Europe it is warmer than normal? OH MY......well in the states, our temps are varied. Out in the northwest, they are getting a lot of heat, but here we are a bit cooler. We don't get off that easy though; we had a hail storm two days ago that ripped up our plants to shreds. But we move on and hope that those plants will strive, survive and THRIVE!

Enjoy your day! Anita

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Lovely Anita....my goodness, you had a hail storm?....although I think I would almost welcome it today it's been so warm ( I would have to keep my flowers safe first of course ;-) )...x

Crafty in the Med said...

Love the name of this quilt and love the quilt. It breathes summertime! Wish I could make exceptional things like you do :-)

keep well

Amanda x

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Ooh...well thank you so much Amanda....(not that I would ever agree with you!....and you make beautiful things! ♥)...Hope you're having a good Sunday...we have a thunderstorm here!!...x

Annie Cholewa said...

I can't say I'm a fan of peppermint tea, but your quilt is rather wonderful :o)

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Thank you Annie ;-) ....Hope you have a great weekend (they come around so quickly, don't they ? :D) ....x

Linda said...

I love the materials, and I also love peppermint tea. You have a lovely blog. :)