Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tea Party Piece: Starting the Applique

 Okay I finally got to sewing all the blocks together marking the 18 inch square and sewing this large block onto a piece of muslin!  It's not perfect but you know I have to focus on the fact that no one will ever know once it is embellished!!!  I am definitely NOT a seamstress...but I do need a canvas to work on and so I love crazy quilting for the creative embellishment and needlework aspect more than the sewing!!! LOL
 I made copies of the teapot, sugar, and creamer cut them out a bit and placed them overlapping how I wanted them to be.  I wanted them to be a little over sized for the middle block and you can see just the tips and handles are poking out.  I taped them together and drew in the lines that were being overlapped.  I then made a copy of that to use for tracing and cutting out all the fabric pieces.
 I needed some way to keep track and know where each piece was to be placed and in what order so I used some quilters paper and traced the design onto it.  I marked the order of layering of the pieces, and I also basted the paper into place.  I'm not sure how I'll do this I'm just winging it as I go I think I'll tear away the excess and baste as I go etc. to keep things in place.  I've never done applique like this before and I kind of feel out of my element but I'll learn something new as I do this and wing it as I go.  There's not really any rule book for how to applique onto crazy quilting...LOL!
 I used a lightbox with the copied design to trace each piece onto fabric and cut it out.
Here are all the pieces!!!  Isn't it cute!!!  I picked matching fabric only for the lid and foot of the teapot and handles and feet of the creamer and sugar.  The body of the teapot is a different fabric from the creamer and sugar.  I like my tea things to compliment but not be too matchy-matchy.  Plus how would you see the different items if they were all the same fabric?
Now to start actually appliqueing everything into place...wish me luck...I think I'm going to need it! ;)
P.S. If anyone has any tips or ideas for how to do this better, please let me know!


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I don't know anything about applique, but I like what I see so far!

Bluebell said...

Hi Melissa, this looks great I love anything with teacups and teapots, your crazy patchwork back looks good to me I am looking forward to seeing the finished piece.
Love Jill

Cathy K said...

I think you’ve got a great plan going; like you, I would just wing it. Lovely colors, patterns and shapes. That teapots applique book looks interesting. Are there more in that series? You are making me want to do another Tea Time themed piece!! But I’d better stick to my own obligations, LOL! Great post. Hugs, Cathy