Our block for the July installment of the Teacups Quilt Along takes us back to applique one more time. We have cups, and a kettle for the water, teapots to steep and hold the hot tea. What are we missing?
Well, tea bags of course!! This month, we will applique two teabags on an 8-1/2-inch background.
I’m doing mine in raw edge applique, with the strings embroidered. I’m using Aurifil 12-weight thread for the hand stitched part. I fussy cut the tabs to have little round gold emblems.
The pattern has four pieces, and you’ll need to cut two of each. The pattern is in EQ8, and I’m using the stock applique pattern pieces. One caveat, I’ve included the pattern piece for the little staple at the top, but the seam allowance is bigger than the final piece, so I will embroider mine as I do the strings. I realized that I cut the tabs too big in the photo above, so I trimmed those down to the pattern size before beginning to do the stitching.
download the pdf pattern – Teacups Block 12 Teabags
I got started, and I really need more practice on my blanket stitch! I tried it both with a hoop and without, and neither is really comfortable. I have one more teabag to blanket stitch in the coming weekend.
One additional note, I’ve been thinking about how long this is going to go, and I think we will go to 16 blocks before doing a run at putting them together.
I hope you had a wonderful July 4th holiday, Happy Stitching!!
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