Monday, January 26, 2009

Cozy

I worked on several projects over the weekend and among them was the teapot block from Pink Penguin's tutorial. Ayumi has very generously made the template for the patten available through her blog.
I think I'm a fair sewer/quilter overall, but paper piecing is really not my strong point. You'll notice my lid is a little off. And I took liberties to simplify the lid/top some. I guess that is typical of me. The fabric combination turned out nice though.
I decided to make the block into a little tea cozy. So I added fabric to the sides and bottom and rounded off the edges before quilting it.Unfortunately the dimensions I used were kind of from a smallish teapot so I'm not even sure how practical this would be. But it is cute I think. Certainly not my best work, but charming.
A view from the back, sorta (if I hadn't lopped off the bottom when I cropped the pic). That little red flower print from Mary Englebreit's "Baskets of Flowers" line is really sweet isn't it? I can think of lots of projects it would enhance. I think I "need" more than the fat quarter I got at Broadbent's. I really like this same print in the pink background colorway, too. You can see it here. They are all quite lovely. Now that I think about it I wish I had more of this big dot too (in other colors), it makes great binding. Oh well, they'll make more. They always do.
-nanette

41 comments:

Pat aka Posh said...

I really.. really.. like how you made it into a cozy.. it makes me want one and I don't even own a tea pot.

Carla said...

I love, love, love it! I want one too LOL

MichelleB said...

My goodness, it is adorable! I love the simplified top. It look great.

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Stephanie said...

Great fabric combination and a very cute teapot. I'd definitely say the tea cozy is charming!

Diana said...

Very very sweet. I love cozies.

pratima said...

Nanette, your teapot cozy is so charming. The fabrics look so great together!

Sandi said...

I had seen Ayumi's teapot pattern and I really like it that you made it into the tea cozy. Very cute! I have learned to enjoy certain paper pieceing patterns. I can tell with one look if it's one that I will "get right" and if not, I have to pass. I'm learning, though, and getting better at it. What I love is that points are perfect when you paper piece which is something I find challenging in traditional piecing. I have to go in search of some of the ME flowers fabric. That really is sweet!

Linda said...

Oh it's so sweet Nanette, even if it won't fit your teapot, such a great kitchen decoration piece for a shelf.

Messy Karen said...

i was thinking that a cozy for just a tea mug would be extremely practical. this looks just about right. & it's adorable.

rachel griffith said...

oh how cute!!!
i LOVE it.

p.s. i'm scared and intimidated by paper piecing.
i think i'll stick to machine piecing. lol.

madrekarin said...

Darling! I have saved Pink Penguin's tutorial just in case I can muster up some quilting courage in the near future.

Jackie said...

I am so glad to see your version of the teapot. I also printed off that pattern and am anxious to try it. You did a fantastic job. I really like what you did with it and the fabrics you chose.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

You are so funny when you said you are a fair sewer, I should be that Fair!! It is darling, I love the color choice, I like red almost as much as pink!

Carrie P. said...

Very cute!!!!

Sherri said...

I love your teapot...especially the button for the top...I was wondering how in the world I was ever going to paper-piece such a tiny little thing, and you've solved the dilemma! Those fabrics are great as well!

goosiegirls said...

I love it. I tried to visualize it as a quilt and couldn't see it as being very cute... but your teapot cover is sooo amazing. Terrific idea.

Muddling Through said...

I think it's lovely! And I love the fabric combinations.

Kritta22 said...

I agree with Jane, if you are a fair sewer, what are the rest of us!!??

You could get a hinge from a hardware store and sew it on to make the lid look like it's suppose to be like that.

Oh but wait, it's a cozy, that wouldn't work.

OKAY I got nothing! :)

Catherine said...

What a great tea cozy!! Love it!
I'm with you -- paper piecing is just not something I do well -- at all. Avoid it like the plague is more like it!

Joy said...

The spots and checks look so good together!!! I think it's just gorgeous ... hang it in your kitchen and enjoy it :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Ginger Patches said...

Very cute tea cozy! I like the idea of only making one of those blocks. I was excited about the tutorial until I saw it involved templates and paper-piecing lol!

Momoo said...

Love the way you put fabrics together. Very cute cozy.

amandajean said...

so cute, nanette!!! i love that you made the block into a tea cozy.

Candace said...

You know that would just fit one of those cute little single serving tea/pot/cups they have at Starbucks - its really darling, Nanette!
Cheers!

jacquie said...

i just printed the pattern...i'm terrified of paper piecing...don't like it at all. i'm going to try to free piece it instead. she was so generous to share this. yours is darling!!! love how you used your fabrics.

Shari said...

Well done. You get a pattern and make it your own. It works well as a tea cozy.

Lurline said...

Just last night I was looking at Basket of Flowers story - trying keep my stash adding to a minimum, but just might have to go for that range - love your tea cosy and don't be too hard on yourself - we are always our own worst critics and point out mistakes for all the world to see!
Hugs - Lurline♥

ayumills said...

Your teapot is really cute!! I love all the fabrics you used for the project too. Making a tea cozy with the pattern is absolutely clever! I might have to steel your idea! By the way, how your teapot's lid is a little off is the cutest part!

Renee said...

Nanette, I love your little tea pot cover.

I am sorry to hear that your best friend passed away especially on the day of her daughters wedding. Many things are unfair.

I think I read you have 8 daughters. That is so fantastic. I myself have 8 sisters. xoxo

Renee

Rae Ann said...

I think this is really cute and your color choices are one of your strong points. You always put together just the right colors to make your project come together. I wish I had that ability. Rae Ann

Susan said...

Once again Nanette you've taken a block and made it adorable. And I love the tea cozy idea.

Busty LaRue said...

Very cute! I love the fabrics you chose. I always under-purchase on favorite fabrics, too.

Mimi Sue said...

VERY charming. Love the colors.
Mimi

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute Nanette! I'm always wishing I had more of a print -- that's why I've jumped my old 1/4 yard purchasing habit up to 1/2 yards. The problem is that I'm running out of space!

nettie said...

I love these teapots! so cute, and you have some of the best fabrics!

Nedra said...

I think the whole thing is perfect as is!

jmbmommy said...

cute cozy...sizes are a challenge, maybe it can "cozy" something else? I love the pic of it against the red grid...great optical illusion!

Christine said...

you make really cute things, I just adore your pot holders too.

Have used the squares I got from you and will post a photo in the next couple of days.

cheers
Christine

Christine said...

Your tea cosy is very cute. I love your fabric combinations.
Christine

Nan said...

I think you did a wonderful job on the tea cozy! The fabrics you used are lovely, Nanette!