High Tea Inspiration

When my friend Jera shared pictures of her first fabric line, I was beyond excited for her. I know how much passion and hard work and love she puts into her creations, so I was not surprised by how beautiful and timeless her first fabric collection turned out to be. I first met Jera back in 2012 when we both worked at the Stitch & Sew Studio in West Seattle. I worked mornings and afternoons, then Jera took over in the evenings. But I found that she was so much fun to hang out and sew with, that I often stayed during her shift and kept working on my projects. While she and I have rather different styles of sewing and quilting (she is all about making things fast and easy, while I tend to make more intricate, time consuming things), her work has always inspired me to have fun and to think outside the box. Here are a few of the things that I was inspired to make with “High Tea” by Jera Brandvig.


The imagery in “High Tea” reminded me so much of my grandmother. My grandma and I spent many, many hours together drinking tea and crocheting, so I was especially drawn to the crochet doile motifs. I decided to highlight them by making a “fusion” blanket. My tutorial for this blanket can be found here.

Crochet Quilt




The florals in the collection brought to mind images of a beautiful English garden. I incorporated Jera’s tiny tulip pattern into this “Manor Garden Mini Quilt.” Imagine sitting on the porch of an old manor house, sipping strong tea, and watching a gentle spring shower wash over the garden.



And what’s tea time without a few good tea towels? (After seeing them, Jera decided she needed these for herself.) 🙂



Finally, these burp cloths that I made for a friend. Because if there’s anything better than sitting to enjoy a cup of tea, it’s doing it with a sweet little baby in your arms.


Thank you Jera for your gorgeous fabric! I can’t wait to see what you do next!


8 thoughts on “High Tea Inspiration

  1. If your squares for High Tea are 6″ and after they are prepared as instructed they should measure 5 1/2″. Mine are 5 1/4 I imagine this is due to the bulkiness of the fabric/batting/ etc. So then I made the paper stitch guide and with 16 notches it should match up. My problem is on trying it out…..it is more than 1/4″ to the last 3 stitches place. Is this just a factor that I shouldn’t worry about. I don’t crochet my daughter will do that part. So worried about her being able to stitch properly…… that’s a worry for me. So, as long as I have the 16 preside, it should work? Right?

  2. Love the pattern and have started it. Didn’t the no1yarn so use I used no 3 crochet thread as it is much easier than the yarn and it still has the old time look.

  3. Beautiful! Enjoy your new sweet little baby. Now I know why that quilt picture looked so familiar. Ha ha I just found your blog from quilting in the rain, I didn’t know you blogged!

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