Teacups Quilt Along – Block 6

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I scooted the template around to use it efficiently.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, using an iron, fold the seam allowance over the template and iron a crease for sewing.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I pressed lightly, then removed the template and pressed harder to get a good crease.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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

Teacups Quilt Along January Applique at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So, now it is your turn.  Have fun!!  Do you enjoy applique, or are you relatively new at it?

12 thoughts on “Teacups Quilt Along – Block 6

  1. Ann Ormston

    Often I find that some photos are no longer available for me to see. Even if I open the email the day of arrival. A bit frustrating.

  2. Myrna Watson

    Well Miss Carole, this will be a challenge for me, looking forward to it. I have used freezer paper for the templates before, but now that I am in my winter Home of Yuma, I will lots of help. I do enjoy trying something new and out of my comfort zone. Thanks and have a great day.

  3. Hi Carole! Very cute, I love the tea cups stacked like that. It looks so realistic, too. Your fabric choices are spot on. Another winner. Happy Friday. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. i use the starch method paint the turnunder with starch and then iron it around over template . Much easier than needleturn which I totally canNOT do…Love your teacups…so pretty

  5. Melanie

    I really love all forms of applique–prepared, unprepared, machine applique, wool applique….if it’s the A word, I love it. I especially like patterns containing applique blocks along with, or without, pieced blocks and appliqued borders, too. Did I mention I love it? LOL

  6. A very cute block! I much prefer to press my pieces too, though I have gotten better with needle turn this year. My hint for pieces that large is to us fabric glue stick so that you can eliminate the pins. For me it is much easier that way

  7. Susan Shaw

    I can hardly believe that I continually missed the posts for the Teacup Quilt Along in my Bloglovin’ reading until this month. What an adorable quilt! My maternal grandmother had a small, yet, a teacup collection. They were on the shelves on the ends of the cu pboards that ended at the sink. So as you did dishes at her sink, you had beautiful cups to adore up each side of the widow over the sink. As my brother and I were finishing up at Mom’s house after her death and ready to turn things over to the auctioneer, I saw the cups in Mom’s house just as they had been in Grandmother’s house – except Mom had built on to the house and the widow was there and it was an open widow into the den. Mom had it as a open area so that she could keep an eye on Dad when she was in the kitchen as he was already an invalid when they moved into our grandparents’ home. My brother looked and me and put them in a box and told me to take them home – neither of us wanted them to leave the family. The moving van had already left for my house, We waled to the basement and put them in my mom’s car. My son was going to fly there and drive it back to our house for me later. I know they are somewhere at my house and I’m not sure where.

    I’ve downloaded the patterns thus far and am trying to get Amazon to let me buy the book for the QAL I do my tracing for the applique patterns onto the fabric a little differently than you if I read the post correctly. When I trace around the template onto the fabric, I first trace around the tempate onto the fabric around the cutting line, making sure as I can that I have enough room around all edges for 1/4″ seam allowance. That way when I am done, I again replace the template into the drawn image to be sure that the template did not move during my drawing and that my drawing is correct. I have had templates slip and I have an applique piece that is of no value to me. Then, around the piece that I have just traced, I estimate and draw my 1/4″ seam allowance and even be generous. I can always cut some fabric off if I have a large seam allowance and I cannot go back and add seam allowance. It can be a pain to have to trim a small amount of each piece as I precece, but personally I’d rather do that than be sorry. The more applique I do, the more I find myself getting closer to 1/4″ or even a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Also many, many moons a year ago when I first learned to quilt, I was not taught (and I’m not sure that many were aware) to make the background for appique larger and then after the applique is complete, cut the block to the correct size.

    Thank you for hosting the QAL. I can only imagine the amount of time and energy you expend in doing this for all of us.

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