Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rosebud Quilt Block and Tea Time

Rosebud Quilt Block Pattern Information

Come enjoy a Rose and Raspberry tea with me!

Valentine Roses from My Husband
Raspberry Tea Pot from My Mother
Depression Glass Creamer and Sugar from a Friend
Winter Inside
Winter is cold.
Winter is ice.
But winter inside
Is cozy and nice.
Winter is snow.
Winter is sleet.
But winter inside
Is fireplace feet.
Winter is bitter.
Winter is biting.
But winter inside
Is very inviting.
by Douglas Florian

Here is Louisa May Alcott's mother's recipe for making tea:
"The proper way to make a cup of good tea, is a matter of some importance.  The teapot is at once filled up with boiling water; then the tea is put into the pot, and is allowed to stand five minutes before it is used.  The leaves gradually absorb the water; and as gradually sink to the bottom.  The result is, that the tea leaves are not scalded, as they are when boiling water is poured over them, and you get all the true flavor of the tea.  In truth, much less is required in this way than under the old and common practice." - from her small leather-covered receipt (recipe) book, 1856
When you make tea, what do you put into the teapot first - the boiling water or the tea?  Inquiring minds want to know!   Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.  Plume Books is generously offering two copies of the book.  If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Eight Hands Round Quilt Block and Quilt Confession Bingo.


  1. I put the water in and then the tea, I use leaf tea and an infuser, being the only one to drink tea in my family saddens me sometimes, they just don't know what they are missing. xx
    I would love the opportunity to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker as I've not yet been able to get hold of a copy, fingers crossed. Thank you for your constant inspiration it's wonderful.

  2. Your roses are gorgeous and that teapot is darling! I love my tea and I always add the water first then the tea. Thank you for sharing and coming to Tea Time. Have a lovely week.


  3. Lovely roses from a terrific husband. And I like the quilt square. I am currently working on a civil war style quilt. It was a great time for quilting.

  4. That is a lovely rose bud quilt block. And your roses from your hubby are very romantic. The strawberry tea pot is wonderful as well as your cream and sugar bowls.
    I enjoyed the excerpt about making tea. I do pour the hot water over the leaves. Now I will rethink that! Thank you so much!

  5. I put the hot water in first and then the tea leaves. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker sounds like an intriguing story.

  6. I'm a BAD girl. I may collect teapots, but, I don't use them. I make my tea in a 12 cup coffee pot. I put 3 tea bags in the reusable basket, then top them with sugar, so that my tea is always just the correct sweetness.

  7. I don't know if I've ever made tea in a teapot! I usually drink herb tea from tea bags.

  8. I love my tea. I use leaf tea, and an old teapot which I bought at the church jumble sale for the princely sum of $2. I always put the tea in first - had not heard of putting the water in first. I also have a collection of half a dozen character teapots - Mrs Mouse, & Mr & Mrs Puss etc. Love them, but they don't pour well and dribble all over the place. so they don't get used often.
    I've just borrowed Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker from the library, but would love my very own copy, so thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  9. I've been doing it wrong all these years! I certainly respect the advice of Louisa May Alcott's mother and will change my ways.

  10. I do it both ways. When I have time I put the water in my grandmothers teapot first and then the tea leaves. When I'm in a hurry I pour the hot water over the tea and it goes directly into my tea mug or my coffee maker which i reserve for tea. It might sound backwards (and probably is) but for some reason that seems to be the way it works out. I am getting a new teapot and cups from a pottery instructor so I'll have to see which way will work with this one. LOL.

  11. I add the tea to the water. My adult niece just asked for me to host a tea party with the cousins! I'm looking forward to doing that soon.

  12. I drink alot of tea and do it both ways- though it does taste better if you add the bag later. Thank you for a chance to win the book. Love all your block designs.

  13. Tea in diffuser first, then water. I didn't know there was a difference - I'll give it a try with water first, then tea! I would love the directions for the quilt block, but I get an error message...do you have a copy elsewhere on your computer?

  14. I love Douglas Florian's children's poetry-and tea! I just retired from teaching and miss the children and the poetry, but now have time for quilting and tea. I pour boiling water into my pot to warm it, then empty it and pour the rest of the kettle over the teabag/leaves. I also collect teapots and love your raspberry teapot. Thank you for your blog, I love forward to your pretty blocks and the literature notes.

  15. This post made me smile as I used to sell that teapot. It makes we realize that over the years I have sold many items I no longer even remember! It is lovely and this is a wonderful post!


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