Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teapot Tuesday!

Giraffe teapot
 I found this giraffe teapot in Tulsa, OK at a garage sale.  It was a whopping $1, and that included a box of tea.  Isn't he cute!

I've been sewing on one of my treadles.  These blocks were made on the 1896 Singer treadle for a block exchange that is due in September.  I have more fabric cut out to sew into these blocks.  

Disappearing 4 patch block

D4P set up
 I signed up for 2 sets of the Disappearing 4 Patch (D4P) blocks for this exchange.  Sewing the first 4 patches together was fine.  My feed dogs weren't working as well when I started to sew the cut pieces together.  I don't think the feed dogs like more than 2 pieces of fabric.  I had to 'help it along' when it came to sewing over seams.  This was difficult for me.  I'm not that coordinated.  I did fine with the treadling, but, I have to start by turning the handwheel with my hand to start treadling in the proper direction. 
another D4P set up idea

D4P before cutting
 I want to turn at least one set of these blocks into a quilt top for me to keep.  I may get to show off my 'people powered' sewing machines at my guilds quilt show next March.  I'd like to have some things that I made on these machines to show off.  I'll also have the blocks from the exchange, too.  The blocks from the exchange will have the makers name, location and what machine they were made on written in the muslin area.

If I could machine quilt (no, I can't, I've tried and tried), I'd machine quilt something on one of my treadles as an example.  Free motion quilting and I just don't get along.  Stitch in the ditch is the best I can do. 
L&L TOGA block exchange

I am going to the Loosen & Lube TOGA (Treadle On Gathering and Academy) in Wisconsin this weekend.  I will (hopefully) learn lots about how to clean my machines and get them all working.  I'm also hoping that I will be able to convert a few machines and treadle heads into hand cranks.  We'll see.  The blocks on the bottom (Rail Fence) were made on the 1896 treadle for the TOBE (Treadle On Block Exchange) at the TOGA.  I still have to sign them and list what machine they were made on.  I'm getting sew excited!  I'll take pictures and blog about it when I get back.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Cute giraffe! The blocks looks good to, love the colors. :)

  2. Can't wait to hear all about your weekend!

  3. Love the tea pot. We (as in our retail shops) had some kettles that go on the stove top made like that several years ago. There were different animals. I haven't seen them anywhere lately. Your disappearing nine patch looks really good. I don't remember seeing it done with the tiny squares cut before. A quilt done like that would look great. Can't believe you sew on the treadle machines. Sounds like quite a challenge.

  4. What a COOL Teapot!
    Wow you sew on your treadles. I have a friend who makes a quilt every year on her hand crank machine.

  5. I think you did very well indeed. Look at those points, they are all very sharp. I love what you did with the D4P blocks. Very clever!

  6. I really admire you for sewing on a treadle! What a connection to sewing history!


  7. Cheryl, Your blocks look very nice and I like your fabrics. I should sign up for this block exchange.
    This looks like fun!

  8. love the giraffe! and hand crank conversion is easy--you just need a spoked wheel and a crank. takes about 2 minutes, not counting cleaning the grunge out from behind the no-longer-needed motor.

    I bought some Civil War repro fabrics at Mary Jo's when I was at the NC TOGA and will probably join the block exchange too.

    have fun!

  9. Hello Cheryl, I enjoyed your post today...I havenot seen the version of the disappearing nine patch the way you have made yours...I have a treadle sewing machine...but havenot sewn on it for years....enjoy your weekend...Warm Regards, Lyn

  10. This Teapot Looks awesome!! The Blocks seems very stylish and adorable to me!! I just Love the Color Combination..


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