Wow, where did the month go? It is already time for the next block in the Teacups Quilt Along. This one snuck up on me, as I am totally consumed with a Mini Cooper club event this weekend that I’ll share soon.
Anyway, since we have a teapot and lots of cups, we need to boil some water. So this month we make the kettle. I pulled the fabrics I plan to use, and realized I didn’t have any lightweight fusible web. I have eight or nine packages of various types of fusible interfacings, stabilizers and seam sealers, but not what I needed. So, a trip to the store was in order before I could begin.
Here is the tea kettle, as I have it in on the pattern. Applique using your favorite method on a background block 8-1/2-inches square.
For mine this time, I did a raw edge machine applique. Begin by cutting the pieces apart from the pattern, and place on the paper side of the fusible web.
Draw around the shapes, leaving a bit of extra at the handle edges, spout and top handle to tuck under the larger pieces. Be sure to reverse the spout so it will applique on the correct side. If you forget, just face your kettle to the right instead.
Rough cut the pieces apart and place on the back side of the fabrics you’ve chosen. Note I will fussy cut the floral section.
Fuse to the back side of your fabrics.
Now cut on the lines with a good pair of scissors. I find the microserrated edges of the Perfect Scissors are the best for this work as the blades grab the fabric so it doesn’t slip when cutting. (Also available at Amazon Perfect Scissors)
Lay your pieces in place, making sure to tuck the edges under where needed. The black bars at the top and base should be the last bits placed.
Press into place, making sure not to move the iron. Use an up and down motion so your pieces stay in the right spots.
Machine or hand applique into place. I am using a specialty stitch on my machine for applique, but a simple zigzag will work fine.
Press flat when you are finished sewing. The process of applique will draw up the background fabric somewhat. Square off at 8 inches.
Download the pdf for this block, be sure to set your printer to print full size (turn off the ‘fit to page’ option) – Tea Kettle Pattern
I am going to be crazy busy with a car show through the weekend, so don’t be alarmed if I don’t respond to your comments until next week. This is going to be a blast, but it is chock full of activities and drives, lunches, dinners, and events, so I have scheduled posts for you to enjoy through the weekend. I do not expect to have a free moment to get to the computer for a couple of days but I will respond to everyone soon. Thanks for quilting along, and I hope you like the kettle!
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