Last month, we did a teapot, and the discussion that followed was about sugar and creamer (or milk for the true tea drinkers) to go with the quilt along. I looked around but didn’t really see anything I liked. I briefly considered making an applique pattern from my own little sugar and creamer set from my ceramic violets collection. Aren’t they wonderfully delicate?
The problem with that idea was the intricate details which would be difficult to do in needle-turn. I didn’t want a raw edge applique, so back to the drawing board.
Then, when Brenda who blogs at The Quilt Journey sent me a link for a free embroidered sugar and creamer pattern, I thought, why not? After all, this quilt along was always supposed to be mixed techniques! Click on French Knots Embroidery Patterns to see the list of kitchen designs. You can choose from several designs on the page, and download the ones you like. The sugar and creamer I chose is on the fourth row. The delicate detail fit my vision well. There is a simpler set at the bottom. To get a pattern, click on the picture, then use the download button on the screen. The file will download as a png file. You may need to adjust the size in printing to get it larger. When printing the sugar bowl, I enlarged it 300%, and the creamer was enlarged 400%.
I cut them out to get rid of the extra embroidered flourish, and so that I could arrange them close together. I think they will go well with the other blocks in this quilt along.
I cut a large piece of background, and arranged the two pieces in a way I liked. After the embroidery is done, I’ll cut the background down to 9-1/2-inches square.
I used my method of transferring the pattern to the fabric with tracing paper. Use your favorite method to transfer your chosen design onto your fabric.
I used a blue tracing paper, it is difficult to get the light lines to show in a picture, but you get the idea. The marks will remove with water.
I got out my boxes of floss and looked for colors to coordinate with my teapot.
I decided to use a dark green for the main embroidery. The Antique Violet and Gold colors are for the flowers.
I chose two Pistachio Greens, both the 319 Very Dark and the 890 Ultra Dark. By using the lighter one in the middle and the darker on the edge, it will create more of a feeling of roundness and dimension.
When the quilt is assembled and quilted, I can add some beads to it too. You know how I like sparkly things, LOL!!
Anyway, I took so long in getting a start, that the embroidery is not finished for this post. I’ll keep working on it as a handwork project.
For your quilt, if you don’t like handwork, you can simply make another teacup block that measures 9-1/2 inches square when you are done. Any of the previous patterns with a border would work. To see all the posts so far, use the category list on my sidebar, clicking on Teacups Quilt Along. Share your Teacup progress on Flickr From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Group or Facebook in our sharing group there.
Are you quilting along, or working on another project?
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