This month I wanted to do a teapot, but multiple tries with EQ8 was frustrating yet again. For some reason, the program refuses to print the entire pattern when it goes over one page. I have sent yet another bug report to them, but still no fix. I was also going to make another applique pattern from my lovely little teapot with its graceful lines, but I cannot find it. I suspect that I have donated it since I’m not really a tea drinker. So, I give up and will use a pattern from the Cups and Saucers book. This one finishes at about 9-1/2-inches square. As an alternate to the book, you can use one of the free patterns from Equilters. There are two teapots and a teacup available on their website that you can use to substitute for the patterns in the books – click HERE (not an affiliate). Just add a border to get to 9-1/2-inches square.
The pattern crosses over the book spine, so you’ll need to copy both and tape them together. If you have this version – Cups and Saucers first edition – the patterns are on pages 50 and 51.
In the Cups and Saucers book revised edition the pattern is on pages 52 and 53.
I use thin foundation paper for making the pattern copies as it is easy to tear. Be sure to mark a 1/4-inch seam allowance around the outside of the pieces. After I did this, I remembered that they needed to be taped together, so do that first.
I color my teapot to remind myself of what goes where.
One thing I wanted to do was be sure the print was nicely placed on the body of the teapot. Using a clear ruler helps me figure out where I want to cut.
I can also put the newsprint pattern over the fabric and hold it up to the light to be sure it is close to where I want it to end up.
Paper piece as usual, beginning with #1 and working in numerical order. I won’t go through all the steps today, so if you need a refresher on paper piecing, click on Paper Piecing Basics and Tips. I will give you a couple of tips. The pieces #12 and #13 are large and irregular, so be sure you have pieces large enough to cover the area. Also, piece #10 should be a dark color to denote the line between the teapot and the lid.
When you are finished piecing, stay stitch around the edge within the seam allowance, then tear off the paper.
All done. I think I need a teacup in this print too.
I am thinking to add some plates and maybe some food to the mix. What do you think? Perhaps a piece of cake?