Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Catching Up....Part 2

OK....I promised to show you more of what I worked on during my time off. This little project all started with a wonderful vintage tea towel.

Yes....do you remember this?? I adore the large criss cross stitching!!! I was looking at it closely one day and I wondered if I might be able to do a pattern and maybe free piece the teapot...hhhmmmm...let's see if I can give it a go!!

So, I got out pencil and paper and drew out the design...using lines where I might cut and sew and drawing out shapes to sort of 'jury' what type of fabric to use where...with a little color too. The numbers you see there on the handle I put trying to help myself know what pieces to maybe sew first. The little round circles represent polka dots.....yes, I had someone in mind who LOVES polka dots!
After numerous rip outs and re-placements of the different fabrics I finally had the center to my mini quilt started. Now I just had to figure out what would come next!

I finally decided on a mixture of tiny squares.....once again....since I didn't have a pattern for my project and I was just 'winging it'....figuring out the dimensions for the size of the tiny squares might pose a problem.....I figured and figured and measured and allowed for ALL those seam allowances and it came out perfect!! YEAH!!

.........VIOLA....!!! The final product!! Of course I knew the whole time I was creating and sewing on this I would most definitely HAND quilt it!!! I love it!!!

A close up of the hand quilting and the scalloped edges. I had never done a scallop edge before, but I think it sure makes it look 'prissy-er' with it!

I had a few scraps and pieces left over and used them to finish up the back. My label I tried to camouflage.....it's in the bottom right hand corner.

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35 comments:

  1. Oh it has turned out really fabulous!! You should make it into a pattern :) Its just fab!!

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  2. I agree, you should market your pattern. Very cute. And the hand quilting is wonderful.

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  3. Incredible, I'm very impressed!

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  4. It's exquisite. Beautiful work.

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  5. The quilt is exquisite, and I love the centre!
    Beautiful job!
    Micki

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  6. It turned out really well Belinda. I am sure Stephanie loves it to bits.

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  7. I love the colors, the pattern, the scalloped edge - and you came up with this yourself? It's just great.

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  8. I can't tell you how much I love it, especially all of the time and thought that went into making it just for me. And I agree with everyone...you should make this into a pattern! :o)

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  9. Belinda, you are awesome! This turned out wonderful!

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  10. The quilt turned out just darling; what a wonder and thoughtful gift!

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  11. It is absolutely beautiful! I can bet that she just loves it. Why wouldn't she, it is perfect, the colors the pot everything! Well done.

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  12. How clever of you!!! You should make up a pattern for it. It's really adorable! Come visit me and enter my drawing. You have until tomorrow.

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  13. SO WONDERFUL, Belinda! What a gorgeous tea pot and those fabrics are lovely. But your hand quilting?!?!? Always fabulous but I especially love those little scallops! Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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  14. Just gorgeous, now aren't you the clever duck, drafting that pattern. I think I would have gotten lost at the handle.

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  15. WOW, I love this. and GREEN. yum wished you were sending it to NC. haha

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  16. LOVE IT.. when I saw it on Stephanies blog .. I smiled all over.. I know she became so happy for it.. and your work is fantastic... really really beautiful !! :o)

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  17. This is adorable! I love a good cuppa myself. We always had hot tea on the table for every meal while I was growing up. I have always called myself a "tea granny"- even when I was in my teens! LOL!

    I just made my first scalloped border, too! I am hand quilting it and soon it will be time to put the binding on. I am a bit nervous about that. I used a dinner plate to make my scallops- so they look different from yours. How did you do yours? They are so pretty. If the binding goes well on mine it is something I will do again.

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  18. Wonderful! What a lovely translation into a quilt -- your fabric choices are perfect for the style. :)

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  19. Truly a work of art. I love it. I saw it on Stephanie's blog. She's one lucky gal. The fabrics and colors really make it so special but the shape of the teapot puts it over the top. Fantastic fabulous amazing.

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  20. So cute! I love the shape of the pot.

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  21. I loved this on Stephanie's blog...and now it's fun to hear the story of how you came about designing it! I love the scalloped border as well!

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  22. Thanks for the follow up, I LOVE this project, your work is an inspiration. Great job!
    Sharon

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  23. Absolutely charming! Love the colors, and it is as cute as heck!

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  24. Oh, it looks FABULOUS! I love it!

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  25. Great job! You should definintely create a pattern for this one - it is adorable.

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  26. It sounds like you had a lot of fun figuring this out. What a great result from playing. The scalloped border was just right.

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  27. Well, that really is adorable. Being a tea drinker myself, I must say it inspires greatness :-)
    I love the colors you chose too.

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  28. Love the pieced teapot and all the fabrics and can't wait to see that mini car of your (Bernina!)

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  29. That mini quilt is so cute and so special! I'm sure Stephanie will treasure it.

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  30. I love your teapot- absolutely beautiful!!!! You should join us for Tea on Tuesdays- the more the merrier!!!!

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  32. Gosh you're clever Belinda!!
    I love this and I love all your bits and pieces that make it up.
    So gorgeous!!!

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  33. You are so smart. I saw it on Stephanie's blog and really like it.

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  34. Purple and green are such a great combo, they always look sweet and pretty. Wonderful pattern idea and the finishing touches sure make this a keeper. Glad I popped in on your blog again to see your beautiful work.

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  35. Green and Lilac, how wonderful, how whimsical, you must be sew proud. As a vintage linen lover, that is so fabulous.

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