Learning from a project....
alternate title ... Averting Disaster
This week, I was so lucky to get a new paper pieced pattern from Kristy, of Quiet Play, to test! It is called "Elegant Teapot." I was already inspired to make it, after watching the beginning of Season 3 of "Downton Abbey" ! (LOVED it!!)
|Kristy's Elegant Teapot QuietPlay.blogspot.com|
|Fabrics from Moda -Mill House Inn|
|The sections joined together|
Now, what would I do with this ?
I decided that I wanted to use this block as the feature, in a table topper.
- The teapot block was 10 in unfinished
- I chose to make sash strips 5 in wide by 9 1/2 in
- I wanted 4 corners, with blocks, sized to 4 1/2 in unfinished
- I chose a basic block: HST pinwheels: began with 3 1/4 in squares
- This formed a 18 in topper. I chose to make a' backing as binding" , with 1 in extra added to all 4 sides
- I used Warm and Natural cotton batting layer
- I chose Sulky Embroidery thread (Champagne color) for my machine quilting
- I decided to attach my new Walking Foot on my Viking Topaz machine, for quilting
Things were moving along smoothly at this point. (Mind you, I was pleased, but not arrogant :)
- I stitched straight lines 1/4 in apart on the sash areas
- I stitched swirls on the 4 pinwheel blocks in the corners ( to soften the angles, and create a feel of steam coming from the teapot)
- I stitched on top of some Wash-Away Stitch Stabilizer (by C &T Publishing) (THANK YOU , Amanda!).... the word "tea" and some steam swirls
A huge BLUE INK SPOT formed from the water and printer ink (from my paper piecing pattern scraps
After I stopped crying....
- I used a mixture of water, chlorox, and OxyClean, to dab at the ink spot
- A hair dryer on low helped to dry the area faster, so I could see that I made progress, and nearly eliminated the ink stain.
The area was no longer 'sticking out like a sore thumb' ... but looked "dirty" on the stitching, and some stitches had pulled loose. It didn't look like steam coming out of the teapot spout. (sad face)
After thinking about my problem, crying a little, and making myself a Hot Toddy ( just kidding, but I should've!), I came up with" Covering Up" the stitching. I chose a Satin Stitch on my machine, with a width that would cover up the little bits of stabilizer remaining and the writing! (Hallelujah !!)
|I was going to keep the real teapot on top of the ruined "tea" area, if it didn't work out!|
|Ta-Da! My finished Elegant Teapot Table Topper|
|Closer details of the machine quilting|
|The "stained" area is soooo much better now (whew!!)(Not perfect, but I can live with it on my dining room table , and still love the topper!)|
Things that I learned from this project:
- It is easy to use my Walking Foot on my Viking Topaz... and there are no puckers with the quilting!
- Use the Walking Foot for the binding, too! No bunching up!
- Pull away ALL pieces of the pattern after the block is finished
- I found a nice Satin Stitch on my machine
- I love Kristy's patterns!! (check out her blog Quiet Play, her patterns on Craftsy, and her BoM And Sew On. (See my first block soon on my blog.)
- Don't give up if you goof up. Find a way to make it work! ( I won't use use Duck Tape in my sewing, though!)
I have lots of things to make to keep me out of trouble... on my "To Do List":
- Make more Bird Pincushions for Across The Pond Sew Along January 2013 project
- Make first Block in the Quiet Play And Sew On BoM
- Make a pillow
Want to join in with me? Do!!
|I'm off to my sewing room!|