For the next block in the Teacup Quilt Along, it is time to applique! This is a mixed techniques quilt, so let’s stretch a bit this month. Applique is not my forte, I can do an invisible whip stitch as well as anyone, I guess, but the turning under part is what is difficult. So, time to figure it out. You’ll need fabric scraps and a piece of background fabric 8-1/2-inches square to use as an applique base.
I purchased some heat resistant plastic template sheets, similar to these. Note that the sheets are not heat proof, just resistant. So, they will take light ironing, but will distort at high heat. Anyway, I cut out the cups, saucer pieces and handles on the sewing line.
I scooted the template around to use it efficiently.
Note that the letters designating the pieces are not in order. The C piece goes in the center, with the E piece below and the D piece on top of the C piece. The pattern has an assembly diagram, but it is a bit hard to see. It is the best I could get EQ8 to do.
The great part of using these is you can fussy cut the fabric, using the template as your guide. Just draw a cutting line with a marker about 1/4-inch away from the template.
Then, using an iron, fold the seam allowance over the template and iron a crease for sewing.
I used the trick of running a basting stitch around the edge and pulling it up to get a smooth line on the saucer pieces.
I pressed lightly, then removed the template and pressed harder to get a good crease.
Positioning the pieces on my 8-1/2-inch fabric square, I pinned the bottom pieces in place. The largest saucer piece is in the center, with the D piece above and the E piece below.
Realizing that the handles were just beyond my skill level, I made a tube out of a 1-inch wide bit of scrap, sewn with a 1/4-inch seam and turned right side out. Cut the tube into pieces about 3 inches long to form a handle.
It was a lot easier to make a handle using this method. Just curve the tube tucking the ends under the cup. You can use whichever is best for you.
I used three different prints, with black backgrounds on the top and bottom teacups, and a lighter one between to have some contrast. I began the applique process with the saucer.
For some of the needlework, it was easier to have it in a hoop. But for the top cup and the bottom saucer, it was easier to have it out of the hoop. If I had been smarter, I would have started with a bigger piece of fabric, used a larger hoop, then cut it down to 8-1/2-inches when the applique was done.
It took a bit of time, but I got it done in time to show you for today. Download the pdf pattern – January Teacup Applique
So, now it is your turn. Have fun!! Do you enjoy applique, or are you relatively new at it?