Finishing up the candle mat from last week, I did the quilting on my domestic machine. Beginning the quilting, the edge was stitched all the way around. Note that I am using a walking foot for this.
Next, stitching in the ditch all the way around the paper pieced section.
Then, I wanted to stitch in the ditch around the teacup and saucer. If I start here, then I’ll have to tie off twice.
If I start at the intersection of the cup and saucer, then I can go around both sections without stopping and starting again.
So I did that, stitching in the ditch around the saucer first.
Returning to the beginning point, now I can just pivot and continue stitching around the cup.
When I get to the handle, I stitch around the outside first.
Then I cross the handle and move to the inside of the handle, which takes me back up to the top again.
Coming straight down the cup side from there, I continue outlining the cup.
All the ditch stitching done, it still looks like it needs something.
I added a line of stitching in the middle of the borders, crossing the lines in the corners to make a bit of a frame effect.
It still looked unfinished to me.
So, I put a hopping foot on the machine, and did some free motion stippling in the background to make the teacup pop a bit more. I don’t do this often enough, but I did get into a rhythm after a bit. I still crossed some lines, but I am sure the quilt police won’t be making an inspection anytime soon.
Binding is added in the same black print.
Fold to the back, and machine stitch.
Texture around the teacup looks nice, so this is done!
The response to the idea of a teacup of the month quilt along was very positive! So, I am game to do a monthly quilt along, using mixed techniques, with the goal of having 12 teacup blocks done by next summer. One thing, I plan to use different sizes of teacups, some will be 12-inch, some 8-inch, maybe 6-inch too, so I can have a variable block quilt at the end. If I have spaces to fill, a little section of flying geese, or just a patch of pretty fabric may fill in the spot. I do not have this designed yet, but I’ve been noodling around in EQ8 a bit, and here is an idea of what I have in mind. This isn’t the final design, but it will give you an idea. There probably will be fewer teapots, but I do plan to have one or two.
I’ll be doing several from Cups and Saucers or Cups and Saucers, Updated Edition,(actually the same patterns, just one is updated – affiliate links), if you want to do the same ones. If you are a beginner at paper piecing, the book Show Me How To Paper Piece by Carol Doak is a great resource to add to your library. For the foundation paper, you can use lightweight newsprint papers, June Taylor Perfect Foundation Papers, or Carol Doak’s Foundation Papers. You need something lighter weight than regular copy paper, and the translucent papers are easier to work with as you can see the fabrics underneath easier. The best thing about the sheets is they fit in your printer, so you don’t have to trace the patterns. I’ll also be doing some links to free patterns on the internet for paper pieced and applique blocks, and also creating some for simple piecing in EQ8. Feel free to substitute any blocks for any other if you just hate a certain technique. Join me for just one block for a mug rug, do a few for a table runner, or all 12 for a throw size quilt.
So, how does the first Friday of each month sound? We’ll begin on August 3rd. Also, we will begin with one of my free patterns paper pieced, to give everyone time get the book if you want. No, you don’t have to buy the book, you can substitute any other block for those when we get to them. But I do plan to use some patterns from that book in the final quilt at this point. I’ll do a post on paper piecing basics with tips later this week. Here’s my tea on my teacup.
Congratulations to Pamela Arbour who won the Christmas in July giveaway! Pam will be receiving these fat quarters and wonderful book, The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is a delightful book, if you haven’t read it, get it for your holiday reading (and it makes a great gift for a quilter).
Start pulling fabrics, LOL!! What is your teacup theme going to be?