Red teapot mini-quilt


This pattern is part of this year’s BoM by Cotton&Color, for which I already made my block. But I really love the design and wanted to try to English-paper piece it instead of following the foundation-paper method that so much trouble caused me. And I needed a little gift, so here it is. And I must admit I am so happy with the result! English-paper piecing is slower, and it involves, of course, hand-sewing, but it reduces drastically the waste of fabric, and allows for fussy-cutting, which is indeed a bonus! It only needs to be taken into account that, when cutting, pieces that are not symmetrical need to be face right side of the template – wrong side of the fabric (and you can guess how I learnt that, don’t you?).

The red fabrics come all from my (little) stash. The background fabric may ring a bell, as I also use it for The Splendid Sampler blocks. The quilting is pretty simple; the teapot is stitched on the ditch, and I ecoed the frame to give more sturdiness to the quilt. I made a mistake whilst basting and so the quilting resents from it. For the future, I must remember that even the smallest quilt needs to be secured with tape in its three layers before pinning.

For the binding…it was as the natural choice to use this Cotton & Steel print. I added this to my stash not very long ago and fits just perfectly. I cut it to 2″ wide instead of 2 ¼”, which is my normal choice for binding. I think it suits better the dimensions of this mini.

This little teapot can be used as place mat or can be hanged as a wall-quilt, thanks to two pockets added to the back. It will be on the recipient to decide which use to give it!

Project: Teapot mini-quilt
Size: 11″ x 14 1/4″/ 27.5 x 36 cm
Date: March 2016
Pattern: Block of the Month Mystery Quilt 2016 (February), Cotton&Color
Top fabric: Red fabrics scraps from stash
                  Modern Background Paper (Pattern 1583), by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: Pascale Beatrix Tissus TX 64643
Batting: Regular Thermolam TP971 (fusible), Legacy
Quilting: machine-quilt, Gutermann Cotton618
Binding: Black&White, Cotton + Steel Fabrics

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