Continuing the Teacups Quilt Along, this month we’ll do a block from the Cups and Saucers book. Actually, we will do three. If you have this version – Cups and Saucers first edition – the patterns are the same. So, make three copies of the teacup pattern on page 53 of the first edition, or page 55 in the revised edition, called Hanging Cup. It is the one of the teacup hanging from a peg, and we’ll do three of the same thing. If you need a refresher on the steps to paper piecing, click on Paper Piecing Basics and Tips.
For the fabrics, I took a shortcut on cutting, and cut the following to make all three hanging cups. I just cut some strips and cross cut bits as needed. –
3 pieces of focus fabric 3-1/2″ x 4″ each
1 strip of focus fabric 1-1/2″ wide by WOF
2 strips background fabric WOF x 2-1/2″ wide
1 piece of brown shelf fabric 1-1/2″ wide x 11 inches long
Make 3 copies of the pattern on a tear-away paper. Mark a 1/4-inch seam allowance outside line of the pattern for a cutting line. Be sure your fabric fills the seam allowance area as you go.
Tips – shorten your stitch length, and use an open toe foot. Also, piece #6 looks tiny, but will be larger as it is a piece that continues through the seam allowance, so don’t skip it – I know you’ll be tempted to as I was. Be sure to extend your sewing line through the outer cutting line where it intersects an edge.
Do all three at once, working on the same bit over all three blocks. Then you make one trip to the ironing board for three seams, it will save a lot of time. It also will help you see if you make a mistake before you get too far.
Trim on the cutting line, and remove the paper.
Sew the three blocks together side by side.
Add the ‘shelf’ piece along the top for the cups to hang from. Final size of this unit is 5″x11″.
If you don’t have the book, just cut a piece of cute filler fabric this size. Or you could make a row of flying geese as a filler too. Update – I have done a pdf for an alternate block for those without the book – Teacups QA Alt September. Next month’s teacup will also come from the book, and I’ll have an alternate idea if you don’t have the book. After that, the next several months will have the pattern as a download on the blog.
Share your progress in the group on Flickr, created so readers can share anything inspired by my blog. Come join if you use Flickr, and share your teacups as we go From My Carolina Home Project Sharing on Flickr , or share in our facebook group – From My Carolina Home Project Sharing on Facebook.
Here’s Mia’s teacup from August, shared on Flickr. Thank you for sharing your teacup.
If you missed the first post in August with the first block, click on Teacups Quilt Along begins. If you are ready for the next block, click on October Teacup Block.
If you want to order the book, these both have the same patterns. There will be at least two more from the book before we are done. The rest will be given as downloads as I get to them. We will do mixed techniques, they won’t all be paper pieced.
Cups and Saucers revised edition on Amazon.
Cups and Saucers first edition on Amazon
Have fun!! What do you think of the second block?