Quilting the Teacup Candle Mat

Finishing up the candle mat from last week, I did the quilting on my domestic machine.  Beginning the quilting, the edge was stitched all the way around.  Note that I am using a walking foot for this.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next, stitching in the ditch all the way around the paper pieced section.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, I wanted to stitch in the ditch around the teacup and saucer.  If I start here, then I’ll have to tie off twice.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

If I start at the intersection of the cup and saucer, then I can go around both sections without stopping and starting again.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So I did that, stitching in the ditch around the saucer first.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Returning to the beginning point, now I can just pivot and continue stitching around the cup.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

When I get to the handle, I stitch around the outside first.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then I cross the handle and move to the inside of the handle, which takes me back up to the top again.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Coming straight down the cup side from there, I continue outlining the cup.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All the ditch stitching done, it still looks like it needs something.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I added a line of stitching in the middle of the borders, crossing the lines in the corners to make a bit of a frame effect.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

It still looked unfinished to me.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So, I put a hopping foot on the machine, and did some free motion stippling in the background to make the teacup pop a bit more.  I don’t do this often enough, but I did get into a rhythm after a bit.  I still crossed some lines, but I am sure the quilt police won’t be making an inspection anytime soon.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Binding is added in the same black print.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Fold to the back, and machine stitch.

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Texture around the teacup looks nice, so this is done!

Paper Pieced Teacup at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The response to the idea of a teacup of the month quilt along was very positive!  So, I am game to do a monthly quilt along, using mixed techniques, with the goal of having 12 teacup blocks done by next summer.   One thing, I plan to use different sizes of teacups, some will be 12-inch, some 8-inch, maybe 6-inch too, so I can have a variable block quilt at the end.  If I have spaces to fill, a little section of flying geese, or just a patch of pretty fabric may fill in the spot.  I do not have this designed yet, but I’ve been noodling around in EQ8 a bit, and here is an idea of what I have in mind.  This isn’t the final design, but it will give you an idea.  There probably will be fewer teapots, but I do plan to have one or two.

I’ll be doing several from Cups and Saucers or Cups and Saucers, Updated Edition,(actually the same patterns, just one is updated – affiliate links), if you want to do the same ones.  If you are a beginner at paper piecing, the book Show Me How To Paper Piece by Carol Doak is a great resource to add to your library.  For the foundation paper, you can use lightweight newsprint papers, June Taylor Perfect Foundation Papers, or  Carol Doak’s Foundation Papers.  You need something lighter weight than regular copy paper, and the translucent papers are easier to work with as you can see the fabrics underneath easier. The best thing about the sheets is they fit in your printer, so you don’t have to trace the patterns.  I’ll also be doing some links to free patterns on the internet for paper pieced and applique blocks, and also creating some for simple piecing in EQ8.  Feel free to substitute any blocks for any other if you just hate a certain technique.  Join me for just one block for a mug rug, do a few for a table runner, or all 12 for a throw size quilt.

Teacup Mug Rug at From My Carolina Home

So, how does the first Friday of each month sound? We’ll begin on August 3rd. Also, we will begin with one of my free patterns paper pieced, to give everyone time get the book if you want.  No, you don’t have to buy the book, you can substitute any other block for those when we get to them.  But I do plan to use some patterns from that book in the final quilt at this point.  I’ll do a post on paper piecing basics with tips later this week.  Here’s my tea on my teacup.

Teacup Mug Rug at From My Carolina Home

Congratulations to Pamela Arbour who won the Christmas in July giveaway!  Pam will be receiving these fat quarters and wonderful book, The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  This is a delightful book, if you haven’t read it, get it for your holiday reading (and it makes a great gift for a quilter).

Giveaway Prize for 12 Days of Christmas in July! on From My Carolina Home

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Start pulling fabrics, LOL!!  What is your teacup theme going to be?


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34 thoughts on “Quilting the Teacup Candle Mat

  1. Linda B

    Sounds like fun…look forward to it. And love your picture too! I have a couple different fabrics with tea cups on them…maybe a couple blocks could be fussy cut for my project. We’ll see. I did wonder what size binding you use on a smaller block like that—2-1/2 inch or smaller? It looks so nice!

  2. Jennifer Rauch

    Cute idea – I’ve been wanting to do a teacup/pot something, just never got around to it. What about the teapot in the center, cups all around? Hard to pick a favorite teapot tho!! Tanks!

  3. Heidi

    That is a really good photo with Scrap Dance and the other creations surrounding you. Lovely. Thanks to DH!

  4. kathyinozarks

    Good morning, your quilted tea cup mat turned out lovely. great photo of you, and your design looks awesome-love all the tea cups in it– I am not doing much quilting now-as I have a couple civil war quilts I would like to make-just not enough time in this life time ha ha Happy Sunday

  5. Joan Hannes

    I loved reading Jennifer Chiaverini’s quilt series. Maybe that’s when my quilting seed germinated.

  6. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; Heck yeah, I am definitely in! This sounds like a great learning experience along the way, plus just a whole lot of fabric fun creating each one of the blocks you are going to be choosing. Your new picture is lovely! I think that you chose a great photo that shows your personality perfectly! Have a fabulous day!

  7. Phyllis Smith

    Hi Carole,

    Love this Teacup Map, what a precious item to share with friends.

    Phyllis Smith

  8. You look fabulous in your photo! I can’t get over how much you look like a friend of mine from Maryland who recently moved to Charlotte, NC.

  9. Thank you for joining us at T Stands For Tuesday. I don’t really sew, I just mostly sew paper to paper and never use a pattern, since I don’t have any cutting tools. I also don’t have feed dogs that drop, so could never do free motion quilting. However, your awesome tea cup and saucer are stunning. i’m truly in LOVE with the finished piece. Sounds like others will be joining in, too. I hope you will share what you make each month with us at T, also.

    I do NOT use my e-mail, so would NEVER read anything you wrote. I use my blog to make and read comments and answer comments on others’ blogs. But we are truly delighted you joined us today at T Stands For Tuesday.

  10. Brenda~Songbird Designs

    Well, I have never done paper piecing, but I guess it’s time to throw caution to the wind and just jump in! Sounds like a fun project. So, just to clarify, the updated Cups and Saucers book will be ok – since they have the same patterns? I will definitely grab some foundation paper also! And maybe Carol Doak’s book as well! I love tea sets and had quite a miniature collection that I’m slowly giving away! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. littlehippymom

    I am glad you kept the teacup block as it is stunning. very sophisticated I think. I love the Japanese feel to the fabric. Are you going to continue and make the whole quilt? A block a month sounds like a reasonable request-not too demanding and allows you to do other projects-unless of course you are determined to continue. Have a great T day. And I hope we see more quilted teacups. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

  12. Hello, so nice to meet you at T Stands for Tuesday! Your quilting is amazing, I’ve never see a teacup and saucer quilted before 🙂 . The background texture looks amazing and the fabrics you chose look so pretty too – beautiful 🙂 . I can’t wait to see more of your creations – Happy T day! J 🙂 x

  13. This is stunning! I am loving that fabric you used for the tea cup! What a wonderful idea to make one block per month. I love sewing clothes but I am not a quilter. The idea of this quilt certainly makes me want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Happy Tea Day,

  14. Eileen the Artful Crafter

    Welcome to the T-party, Carole. What a perfect post for T-day. I love the quilted tea cup mat.

    I browsed a bit and was delighted to see all your wonderful tablescapes. My sister-in-law loved tablescaping in Wisconsin and I was always fascinated by the beautiful displays.

    Happy T-day! Eileen

  15. This is a really lovely mat. I’m a great fan of small quilted mats, they have so many uses. The stipple quilting did make a difference and completed ithe mat beautifully. I was very interested to read the steps and see them illustrated.
    Looks like your proposed large Tea Quilt will be marvellous too.

  16. Meggymay

    This is an amazing project and a wonderful design.
    Its good to meet you at T Stands for Tuesdays.
    Have a lovely day.

  17. I can barely sew on buttons even though my mother was a professional seamstress. I loved your thought process in creating the teacup square. That teacup quilt is going to look awesome. Happy T Day

  18. Lisca Meijer

    Well done you! It’s perfect! I’m glad you shared this at T for Tuesday.
    Happy belated T Day,

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  20. Myrna Watson

    Thank you Carole, I will join you and quilter friends to do my first paper piecing. I am not good at posting pictures, but have joined you on FB also, so will give it a whirl. I have my first cup fabric ready just need some quiet time to start. Happy to have a month for each cup. lol

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