I have been trying to figure out what to do with the Asian fabrics I got recently from the estate sale. Some of the pieces are large, but some are just fat quarters, but all of them are beautiful. I had an idea of making a quilt or a wall hanging of Japanese teacups to showcase the pretty prints with fussy cuts. To see if that idea was good, I got out a book of paper pieced designs called Cups and Saucers. The book has several designs, and this particular teacup seemed pretty simple as a test.
I printed the pattern on newsprint sheets, and pulled some scraps left over from my Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt to test the idea. I began with the first piece of background marked #1. One thing I like to do is put a few stitches on either side of an oversize piece to keep it in place at the beginning, This will be cut off later.
One trick to making paper piecing a bit easier is to fold back the paper along the stitching line, and cut the piece to a 1/4 inch seam after it is attached.
You can then fold the paper back on the next stitching line and trim if you need to. This gives you a perfect line to place the next piece as well.
So, continuing around the first several pieces forming the handle, stitch them in place going 1/4-inch past the endpoint.
On the front, it looks a bit like a mess, but it will get cleaned up with the next few pieces.
Again, I don’t trim the piece before it is stitched, I do that as I get to it.
The main body of the teacup will have the best part of the print showing. Fussy cutting a bit, I made sure that the flowers would come out near the center.
Stitching it in place.
The saucer section will be next. The cup is taking shape well.
Just follow the lines and sew in order by number.
All done, I stitch around the edge of the pattern as well. This creates a stay-stitching line to help keep the block from distorting as I rip off the paper from the back. I trim to 1/4-inch past the stitching line, the remove the paper.
I added a border in black, just to make it a bit larger. I’ll show you the quilting later.
Would you be interested in doing a Teacup of the Month as a quilt along for the next year or so? Your teacups could be sewing related, cooking, seasons, holidays, or whatever theme you wish. We could do paper-pieced, applique and traditionally pieced teacups. The first couple could be from this book, or this one (essentially the same patterns) and I can do some in EQ8 for later. Anyone want to do a quilt along and stretch yourself just a bit? Update! – Click on Teacups Quilt Along!