How to Quilt a Teapot Motif

Good Morning, Quilters and Tea-Lovers!

Last week we quilted a stack of teacups.

This week, let’s add a teapot!

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Begin by stitching a large circle with a slightly squared off top.  ( Or, be creative and begin with any shape!)

Start stitching on the center bottom and stitch 1-1/2 revolutions, ending on the center top.

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyStitching from the center to the left, add a semi-circle.  Stitch the semi-circle 1-1/2 times, ending on the top.

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a small circle, again stitching the circle 1-1/2 revolutions.

Echo stitch the right side of the lid and pot, then add a curved handle on the right side.Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the inside of the handle and the right side of the teapot–all the way to the bottom.

Add a half circle base and embellish the inside of the base (optional).

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyEcho stitch the left side of the circle and curve out to the left to create the spout.

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyAdd an oval–1-1/2 revolutions.

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy
Stitch a short line to attach the oval to the side of the teapot and echo stitch back again.

Add a few curly lines to complete the Teapot Motif!

In just four minutes, a perfectly brewed pot of tea!!

Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I think a doodle quilt is brewing…

Teacups and Teapots…

All we need is a few scones!Teapot, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady

Won’t you join me in a spot of tea?


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22 thoughts on “How to Quilt a Teapot Motif

  1. So cute! Are you watching the Olympics? Half revolutions and full revolutions, the Olympics are full of them from snow boarding to ice skating. LOL

  2. Lovely, just lovely. My sister Mary Catherine would have loved this design on a placemat. She was a true Tea Jenny. When another sister, Eileen, and I cleared out Mary’s house, we lost count of the teapots around the 75 mark. I brought home the largest (a 12 cupper with a picnic motif) and the smallest (a tiny one cupper with a bunny sprawled in a carrot patch on the lid) to remember her … and her obsession. Any time I think I might have too much stuff, I just think back to Mary’s teapots. I get a momentary pass.

  3. Love the teapot and the cups ready to fill and ‘specially, Maureen, I love your story about sister and her hoard. Glad you kept two of the many.

  4. Super cute!
    I am planning to make my niece an expandable tote by Elaine Linn. One section of bag will be fabric with sandals. Would you have any ideas how to free motion sandals, starfish,a seahorse or other beachy things?
    Love your work!!
    Thanks so much!

  5. Good morning, OMG, I just quilted teacups and a teapot last night on the quilt I am working on on my longarm. SOOOOOOOO coincidental!!! Love your version! THANK YOU! Now, let me go and finish my cuppa!

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