Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Time for Tea

Yesterday I decided to play with a couple of teapot patterns. First I made the great new pattern from Ayumi at the Pink Penguin blog. I decided to do as Nanette did and use a button for the handle on the lid (I haven't found the perfect button yet). I love this little teapot. I enlarged the pattern 125% which produced a block 6" wide and 7 1/4" tall. Rather than using the freezer paper method in the pattern, I copied the pattern onto vellum and paper-pieced the teapot.

Next, I decided to try another teapot pattern that I found from Stephanie's list. I also used vellum to paper piece this teapot; it took a lot longer as it had many more pieces than the Pink Penguin teapot. This pattern finishes up at 8 3/4" by 8 3/4"--the perfect size for a potholder!
I really don't love to paper-piece, but I do have a couple of paper-piecing tools I can't live without...my Clover presser and my "add-an-eighth" ruler." I press with the Clover presser until my block is complete, and only then do I use my iron...this prevents unnecessary stretching of the fabrics. I use the "add-an-eighth" ruler to trim seams between steps.
I'm not sure what will become of these two little teapots...they might make their way into my tea swap package, but then again, they might not!

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

CUTE! Love how you centered the teacup. Have you seen the ones Belinda at Brown Dirt Cottage has been making? She incorporated a handle on the one from Pink Penguin. LOTS of snow today...perhaps I'll have a tea party in my sewing room.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh how cute, love the cup, so perfect in the middle. I like to paper piece, but have never used vellum, might have to give that a try!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

They turned out darling Sherri. I love them. So cute. And you used some of that fabric I love so much that I bought after seeing yours. It is 6 degrees today. I could use a little hot chocolate in a cute pot!

Carrie P. said...

Hey Sherri, I am not a big fan of paper piecing either. Your blocks are great. I really like the second one.

ayumills said...

Your teapots are very nice! I like the teacup on the teapot. It's such a fun idea!! Thanks for inspiration!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Sherri,
Your teapots are great. I'm a big tea drinker, so I should really learn how to paper piece these. I love the fabric too!
~Karen~

Thimbleanna said...

Cute teapots! And I LOVE your "Camille" tablerunner!

Vivian Love said...

Cute teacup! I love watching all your fun projects. I nominated you for a blogger award on my blog. Check it out! Take care, Vivian Love

Simone de Klerk said...

what lovely teapots! I love the cups you made on them(O:

Dawn said...

Can't wait to see your stuff from Moda...hurry!!

Ulla said...

Paper-piecing such tiny bits as in the second teapot can be very frustrating, but the result is perfect! It is amazing how the fabric choice can change the whole pattern from "blaah" to "I Like this"! Your tea cup is a cute idea.

belinda said...

Your little teapots turned out really well...they are not as easy as you think....the more I made the harder it became and the more it seemed I ripped out...the first one I made I didn't really use the pattern, just kinda free pieced it, using Pink P's pattern as a guide...then decided that if I wanted them all to match I had better draw up the pattern, so I used my first one as a guide....I had more problems with the next 2 using the pattern....go figure!?.....but you did wonderful on yours!!