Thanks to the very positive response to my idea of doing a teacups quilt along, it is a go! Today we will begin to stretch just a little, come just a small distance out of the comfort zone and learn together. Make as many or as few as you like. Do several all the same block for a table runner, or just one for a teacup mat. If you are doing color challenges or fabric challenges, this would be a way to do two quilt alongs at once!
Anyway, to help me get started, this being a short week between making the decision to do it and actually doing the first block, I will give you a simple one, paper pieced, just 12 bits and simple construction.
To get the pattern, click to download the pattern in a pdf file – Teacup Quilt Along Block 1. If your printer doesn’t come out at precisely 6-1/2 inches, don’t worry about it. Just go with it as is, as there will be considerable areas to make adjustments later.
Note that the pattern is reversed, as you are sewing on the back of the paper with the wrong side of the fabric up, right side down. Once again, 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. It should measure 6-inches finished, 6-1/2 to the outer cutting lines. Cut the block to the outer lighter line when you have finished sewing.
Additionally, I’ll be doing several blocks from Cups and Saucers or Cups and Saucers, Updated Edition, (actually the same patterns, just one is updated wording in the first part of the book with the patterns are in color – affiliate links), if you want to do the same ones. Patterns from the book will be our September and October blocks, as I’ll be deep into designing and running this year’s Autumn Jubilee then. 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.
If you missed the post last Sunday, here is the idea. This isn’t the final design, just a noodled draft to show what I have in mind. The blocks will be various sizes and there will be a couple of teapots too. Yes, I did see that one of those pots is a coffee pot, and one is a chocolate pot, but again, I don’t think the quilt police will come knocking, LOL!! One thing to note, I will be using a consistent neutral background so the spaces between the cups will blend together and add to the overall asymmetrical look. I have pulled a 2-yard piece for this from stash, and I hope it will be enough.
At this point, I think I will be using EQ8 and the book for the patterns and not going to other internet sources, as the stock library has everything we need and more. We’ll stretch ourselves a bit with different techniques, coming up with a mixed technique quilt by next year.
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OK, so now let’s get started. Pull your theme fabric for the center of the cup. Pull a contrasting darker color from your print for the handle and saucer. Use your neutral background you’ve chosen for the whole quilt. Pick a complementary ‘blender’ print for the table. I have a box to keep the background and leftover bits in, along with the fabric pulls for future blocks so I keep it all together. I did the measuring for you this time, here are the pieces you need to do the block.
Cup Fussy Cut fabric – one piece 3 x 4 inches – A6
Dark solid handle – total of 2 x 5 inches, cut into three pieces – A1, A3, A4
Dark solid Saucer – 2 x 7 inches – A8
Table Base blender – 2-1/2 x 7 inches – A12
Background 2-inch squares – four total – A2, A5, A10, A11
Background 2-1/2 x 3 inches – A7
Background 2 x 7 inches – A8
Don’t forget to shorten your stitch length.
Beginning with the A1 piece, stabilize it on the paper with a few stitches. For detailed instructions, see my post on Paper Piecing Basics and Tips.
Continue working in order, A2 through A12.
Using an open toe foot makes it easy to see the lines.
Trim on the outer seam line.
Tear away the paper.
Block 1 Done! Simple right? And maybe not as scary as you thought?
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Are you going to quilt along? What will your teacup theme be?
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