Appliqued Teapots

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Even though I have lists and lists of things to finish/do, sometimes I just want to create something new and sew for pleasure. I think you can probably understand that feeling.

So I've been having a fun time with my new applique design and making teapot after teapot. This green check one from vintage gingham (thanks Eileen!) is my favorite I think. I love to fussy cut and embellish. But you know that already don't you. I'm so predictable.
I've had this blue sorta shabby chic fabric for some time but putting red with it kind of makes it my own style. I enjoyed making some of the teapots with rick rack handles.
And you've seen this one. Thanks for the suggestions of blanket stitching around it. I had thought of that, too. But I think until I decide what I'm going to do with these blocks, I'll hold off on making up my mind about it.
I know I don't show blue that much on my blog but I've been drawn to it lately (and in case you didn't notice 3 out of 5 of these teapots have roses on them, and I didn't even realize that until just now). This blue rose gets notched up a bit when partnered with the blue dot I think. When I went to Broadbent's over the weekend I bought a narrower bias maker (those wonderful Clover brand) in 1/4" size so I was able to create this handle much easier than the first block I made.
This apple teapot isn't finished yet. I enjoy gazing at the work in progress and deciding where I want to go with it. I am in my "zone" when I'm working with fabrics and new ideas.

The creative process is extremely important to me and to all of us. I have a talk taped by Dieter Uchtdorf, an LDS church leader, that puts into words my beliefs about the importance of creativity. Below is a quote from that talk:

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before."

I don't often blog about very personal subjects like my church, but everyone, regardless of religious or social beliefs can relate to many of the profound statements in his talk. I have listened to it and read it many times. It inspires me and even makes me feel like what I do is important.

If you have a moment or two, I urge you to read it. He has a great way with words.

Edit - I almost forgot - go see Kim at Bitty Bits and Pieces blog. She's having a wonderful valentine givewaway with the sweetest little bag and valentine fabric pieces. It is to celebrate her 100th post. So cute - gosay hi. And then go visit Betsy at Quilting Fiesta and see her sweet "All Dressed Up" applique! It is so darling. Her granddaughter will love the quilt.


Have a good day.
-nanette

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61 comments

Stephanie said...

Love the rick rack handle. You've been a busy teapot maker!

Messy Karen said...

stay in the zone. because your teapots are adorable. luv the ric rac handle.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Just like your cottages, they are darling, one after the other!!

Carla said...

They are all so cute. I like the rick rack handles. The green is really my fav.

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

You've done it again. These are soo cute.
Teresa

Mary L. said...

The teapots are so cute. And I love the quote! I may snag it for my email siggie for awhile. Thanks for sharing.

Nedra said...

You've done it again! I didn't commit to the tea pot exchange because I have too many other quilt deadlines, and now I want to do what you are doing! I learned a great way to applique with fusible thread over the weekend. I'll have to show it to you sometime.

Nedra said...

You've done it again! I didn't commit to the tea pot exchange because I have too many other quilt deadlines, and now I want to do what you are doing! I learned a great way to applique with fusible thread over the weekend. I'll have to show it to you sometime.

Carrie P. said...

Love your teapots and the rick rack is working great for the handles too. The quote is so true. I will go to the link later and read it.

Sherri said...

LOVE your applique'd teapots...they're so adorable. And I've been meaning to put that quote on my blog as well!

Kathie said...

just adorable tea pots...reminds me of a kitchen of an aunt of mine when I was little
just fun! and isn't that a good thing these days.
can't wait to see what you do with these!
Kathie

jlk said...

That talk has stayed with me every since I heard it. Great stuff!

ElizabethandJeff said...

Ever since that talk this last conference I keep reminding my husband that President Uchtdorf told us to quilt! I love that talk! I should put that quote in vinyl lettering in my craft room.

I love the teapots. The first one on this post and the apple one are my favorites.

Shane M Davis said...

The tea pots ... DARLING! The talk ... inspiring and comforting! I'm not a blogger but I look at your everyday. Thanks for the darling inspiration.
Suzanne

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Candace said...

Nanette - thanks for the quote on creativity - it really says it all, and something I've been trying to put into words to Mr. Squash for a long time - thanks to you I have them now!
I just can't get over how cute the teapots are - they remind me of my childhood in the 50's - gramma always had a kettle on the stove for something!
Cheers!

Kristin said...

What cheerful teapots! I think I love the green one the most too.

Annette said...

Cute teapots! The blue and red one is my favorite.

Dionne said...

I love the teapots! I'm what my husband calls a tea-jenny because I always have a hot cup of tea in my hand or near by. I have so enjoyed these wonderful posts that have featured teapots.
Cheers,
Dionne
PS - I almost forgot, thanks for the link, I'm sure the audio recording is even better!

amandajean said...

your tea pots are adorable.

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute teapots Nanette -- they just keep getting better!

em's scrapbag said...

Lovin' the teapots. And I really enjoyed this talk as well. I enjoy most of his talks. I love the visuals he creats with words. So good for teaching my boys.

Tina said...

I love that talk by Elder Uchtdorf. I forgot that I wanted to put that quote on my blog. Thanks for the reminder! Cute teapots.

Pat said...

I think you need to take part in QuiltingNana's virtual tea party. She explains it at her blog.....

http://sew-write.blogspot.com/2009/01/virtual-tea-party.html

She was one who participated in your Cottage Block quilting swap a few months back. I'm lucky enough to live near her and know her! She is a super gal.

Pat aka Posh said...

Their all so cute!! You're getting me all fired up to make some too..
I'm the Pat that is constantly drinking tea but don't own any tea pots.. I need to get with the other Pat and borrow some pots and teach her to enjoy a cupa of tea :)

Jackie said...

Your teapots are fantastic! I love the vintage feel. The quote is great and oh so true. Thanks for sharing, Nanette.

alobsiger said...

Your teapots are adorable, Nanette! The blue one caught my eye before I read your accompanying text...not that they all aren't wonderful. I don't seem to use blue much myself, but that blue one sure does have some pizzaz! I'll definitely have a listen also.

Mimi Sue said...

Wonderful choices of fabrics. Love the apple one. I too love that talk. Mimi

Dawn said...

Loving your tea kettles!! They are to cute. I too like the quote by Pres. Uchtdorf.

Julie said...

Very cute teapots--I love them. I also like going to Broadbents. Pres. Uchtdorts' talk was a classic. I have reread it as I feel like he really hit a chord with me. Hope you have a great day. Julie

madrekarin said...

I have that quote by Pres. Uchtdorf hanging on my inspiration board. I think his entire talk was brilliant and absolutely justified the existence of my having a craft room! lol
Your teapots are absolutely adorable. I think that the apple fabric is my favorite, although I do like the blue and the red together. I am looking forward to seeing how you finish them.

Muddling Through said...

Your teapots are adorable! And I know just what you mean. I have a quilt (unfinished) sitting here taunting me while I fool around doing other things. :)
Hugs,
Elaine

Catherine said...

Your teapots are amazing!! I love all of them -- kept thinking one was my favourite till I looked at the next one!! They are fantastic!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Nanette,
Your teapots are great and so colorful. I can just see them as real teapots.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Nan said...

The teapots are all very cute, Nanette. Of course, everything you do is wonderful.
That quote is marvelous! Thank you so much for sharing it. I always feel a deep peace whenever I'm creating.

jen duncan said...

Oh yeah--I do it ALL the time. Can only work on what I FEEL like working on! These are some really some teapots in the last couple posts. Thanks for sharing!

Kritta22 said...

Pres Uchtdorf is one of my favorite speakers, EVER! Seriously he always seems like he is talking to me. and ONLY me.

I'm loving the rick rack!

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely quote! I'll write that one down for me to look at! And ... I love your teapots. Especially the green one (O:
Have a creating day!

Christine said...

Oh, your teapots are wonderful. The second one is my favourite ... love the ric rac handle and shabby fabric. Looking forward to seeing how you use these blocks.
Christine

Fiesta said...

The teapots are so nostalgic and cute.
what will you do with them??

Darlene said...

Wonderful quote - thank you for sharing!

And, look at the teapots - they are adorable. I can't pick a favorite.

MichelleB said...

Your teapots are just adorable! I love them all. Keep them coming.

Mary said...

Oh How Adorable!!!! Love tea, so those teapots are really really cute! Hugs, Mary
P.S. I nominated you for an award, check later today on my blog...

belinda said...

I like the apple one!

CJ said...

I hear you Nanette! Although I love to make things for others it is nice to take some time to make something JUST FOR ME! :D Doesn't happen very often though. Enjoy it.

CJ said...

I hear you Nanette! Although I love to make things for others it is nice to take some time to make something JUST FOR ME! :D Doesn't happen very often though. Enjoy it.

Valerie said...

Oh what an uplifting article. Thank you for sharing this. I was actually talking to someone dear to me that was very down and I am going to send her this to read. Thank you. And I love the teapots!!!!!!! I am not through with the cottages yet!!! I love it.

calicodaisy said...

So sweet! I just saw your dollhouse potholders on tipnut! Fun. -- Michele

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Your teapots are so fun! Will they be going into a quilt - or something different?

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What an adorable quilt this will be! You have a wonderful blog and I enjoyed my visit! ~Maryjane

rachel griffith said...

oh the teapots are too cute!!!
{i really like the apple one.}

quiltingnana said...

my favorite is the green gingham....

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Oh my goodness could those be any cuter?? I agree with Rachel, the apple one is my fav.

Linda said...

Oh, someone has been having fun with fabric? Good for you. Someone is getting something done! Take care, Linda

http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/

Judi said...

Found your blog and I love it! The teapots are so cute. I love all the fabric choices, but the green is definitely my favorite.

pratima said...

Lovely teapots! They look so cute with their ricrac handles.

Eileen said...

What a FUN way to create tea pots.. one could be so creative with this simple pattern! I love all the ric rac and trims.. these would be so cute all put together in a quilt. :-)
Glad you strayed away from that "list".

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I love it when you're in the zone!

Smiles
Lea

Tracey said...

I love the teapots. It almost looks easy enough for me to make. They would make an adorable quilt. You did a good job.

Yaya and Papa said...

I love these teapots! Are they part of the teapot swap??

sewtakeahike said...

Nanette!! This is the cutest little teapot ever!!! What a lovely idea! Thank-you so much for all the inspiration you share with us and ideas, you really know how to get my creative juices flowing!
~Penny