Teacups Quilt Along – Block 3

This quilt along of mixed techniques began two months ago, with paper piecing.  We’ll continue that today, and in a nod to Autumn Jubilee, I chose a print for my teacup that is Autumn in colors, but still Japanese inspired.  The Teacups will eventually have several techniques including applique and will run at least a year.  It may possibly go 18 months, but I’ll figure that out later.  You can start and stop anytime you like, and the patterns will remain on the blog and free.  The Autumn Jubilee quilt-along will begin next week.

For this month, we will again use a block pattern from the books called “Cup and Saucer 3”.  Both books have the same patterns, so either one will do.

If you have the original version of Cups and Saucers it’s on page 57.

If you have the revised edition of  Cups and Saucers it’s on page 59.

For those without the book, you can use the block from August as a substitute and make it in other prints or colors.  The block is 6-1/2 inches – Teacup Quilt Along Block 1.  One additional note,  I have added a free alternate for September if you don’t have the book, as some thought my alternate block ideas weren’t good.  See the September Block #2 post for the alternate free pattern.

Autumn Jubilee Teacup QA at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I won’t go through all the individual steps for paper piecing this block, as I did a detailed post on how to do this in August.  If you are new to paper piecing, see Paper Piecing Basics and Tips.  Remember to start and end 1/4 inch outside the line.

Autumn Jubilee Teacup QA at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here is mine, all done.  I liked the unusual design of the cup sitting on its side.  I fussy cut the cup print, and and if you do the same, be sure to place the print correctly for the top of the cup being to the side.

Autumn Jubilee Teacup QA at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Today’s Giveaway for Autumn Jubilee is the fantastic Aurifil Thread Box called Festive!   The colors are wonderful for Autumn projects, and nothing is better for paper piecing than the thin, strong Aurifil thread.  There really is a noticeable difference using Aurifil, my favorite piecing thread, and sometimes quilting too.  I just received my Aurifil Perfect Box of Neutrals on sale from Craftsy and you can see more here – Aurifil Threads on Sale!

Leave a comment on this post, then click on the button below for the Giveaway Entries. An extra entry is available on this giveaway for posts on your blog about the Teacup Quilt Along.  Open to International entries!  Giveaway entries close on Oct 11th at 11:59 pm.

What are you sewing now? Are you quilting along with the Teacups QA?

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Share your Teacup progress on Flickr in our group From My Carolina Home Project Sharing on Flickr , or share in our facebook group – From My Carolina Home Project Sharing on Facebook.  Please comment on each other’s shares too, being a part of the From My Carolina Home community is fun!

79 thoughts on “Teacups Quilt Along – Block 3

  1. Just following along today and wishing for bandages to come off……LOVE the tea cups and your fabric choices. I use aurifil thread primarily in my Singer Featherweight, and when I go to help the ladies sew at the assisted living facility, I take aurifil with me for them to use.

  2. Cindy Pieters

    I have just finished up quilting the BOM I designed for my guild. Those teacups are adorable and may have been added to my to do list.

  3. I’ve been following along (mentally) with this teacups quilt but haven’t started making the blocks yet—but I will. I’m thinking of a kitchen remodel and I have the perfect color scheme picked (again, mentally..lol). This quilt would be a perfect addition. I absolutely love Aurifil thread so I’m keeping many fingers crossed to win. I look forward each fall to your Autumn Jubilee. Thanks, Carole, for all you do and all you share.

  4. Gretchen

    Too busy on the road for my job the past month to do much but finish a guild challenge and block of the month. Looking forward to 3 day weekend.
    Love to see your teacup and fabric selection. Need inspiration.
    Did purchase one of the books. And I love the Aurifill thread.

  5. Jan Snell

    Carole, I am working on many projects because I am a sucker for quiltalongs. I am working on dots and dashes and fireburst, both online QALs. I am also extending a quilt top that I petter tested. It was a square quilt and I prefer rectangular quilts; we are tall in my family. I am doing the tea cup quilt along and love the tea cup that is laying in the saucer.

  6. Diane H

    My current project is a granny square quilt that will be a wedding gift for my niece. Thank you for the great post on the teacup block, they look like great fun.

  7. I’ve been enjoying the teacups as a watch-along, as paper-piecing is not my cup of tea. Love the fabrics you have used and the unexpected position of the cup. Aurifil thread is new to my sewing room; it is doing a nice job on the Carolina hurricane blocks in progress. The colors in the thread assortment are luscious!

  8. mlmcspadden

    Your teacup block is wonderful. I’ve got too much going on at the moment to take part but I’m thinking about it for next year as a gift for a friend. Thanks for the opportunity to win some wonderful thread!

  9. Edy

    Besides the few blocks I’ll be sending for your charity quilts, I’ve been working on a collage quilt of my son. I love aurifil thread and use it almost exclusively for piecing and quilting.

  10. Aurifil is the only thread I use, it works beautifully in my old Singers as well as the newer Janome. While I’m not following along with the teacup Bom at the moment I have in mind to make a ‘farm wife’s kitchen ‘ quilt and will definitely choose a couple teacup blocks to include. There’s a sweet teacup/teapot fabric in my stash waiting to be used too.

  11. What a unique tea cup pattern! I have carried sets to the table just like that for years so the cups don’t tumble off the saucers. Right now I am on the last block for a BOM, and doing charity blocks, after that Miss November’s blocks, then I am going to quilt a few small projects so they are finished before winter really sets in.

  12. Tina W from Oregon

    Have been working on several projects! Will have to prioritize or I won’t get any of them done! Looking forward to Autumn Jubilee.

  13. nicolaC

    i am working on a king size quilt for my in-laws, it was my first attempt at curved piecing and i am not completely happy with it and am not quite happy with the layout but the quilting looks ok so far. I have never tried aurafil thread but would love to give it a go

  14. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    Your fabric choice for the tea cup is precious. My daughter used to collect all things “teacup”. When I do use Aurifil, I love it.

  15. Lisa Marie

    The teacups are very cute but I just don’t have time to add this project to my list. I have just finished a big paper piecing project and I am thrilled with the result. Next up is a pink and grey baby quilt.

  16. Susan Stanton

    Hi, Carole! I’m working on a tumbler lap quilt that I began a few years ago. Trying to finish up some UFO’s before I start something new.

  17. Barbara Dzurik

    I am following the teacup project because I want to learn the technique for paper piecing and quilt as you go, two things that I have not tried.

  18. Heidi

    Love the side-lying-cuppa! No new QALs for me, i am on restriction LOL! I am trying to exercise willpower, but you do have me petting my little stack of wool..hmm..

  19. lv2bquilting2

    Good morning Carole…..Today I will be personalizing the 7 backpack/doll carriers for our great granddaughters , as well as making backpacks for the 2 Great grandsons to carry around their cars and whatever, I’ll be doing a lot of sewing, since we are getting rain for 3 days, which we desperately need.

  20. Kris Bryant

    Right now I am working on blocks for the Carolina Hurricane quilts. I won’t be doing the teacup blocks as they are not quite my “cup of tea”.

  21. Donna W

    I belong to a monthly table topper group and finished that up for our meeting. I now have some mug mats to make and these teacups (along with some coffee mugs) will be great to use.

  22. Hi Carole! Well, this is a unique block. I had to do a double-check even after I read that the teacup was on its side. I looked at the photo and said to myself, huh?! Oh yeah, it is on its side. HA! I am working on an OLD UFO that I can’t decide how to quilt, and a pumpkin table runner for a blog hop that starts at the beginning of November. Plus, I plan to do a couple blocks to send to you! Happy Friday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

  23. Laura M

    I’m not doing your quiltalong with you, sadly. I just finished a challenge quilt for a local quilt shop and am on day 91 of #100days100blocks2018.

  24. Lynne Mulder

    Just enjoying watching all the teacups come together. Paper piecing isn’t my thing but I admire the results. I am trying to finish my multitude of UFOs and a baby quilt for my new granddaughter.

  25. Cathy B.

    I’ve been busy making family gifts for an upcoming trip. But I have passed on the Teacup Sew-along to my guild – we are hoping to make mug rugs for exchange. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Barb K.

    I am sewing on a “Broken Bars” quilt in fall colors–have been studying programs and articles on quilting with a domestic machine as that is my goal.

  27. Mom C

    Working on a Christmas quilt right now, trying not to get caught up in a new project til I’m done. But I may have to make an exception. They don’t look too hard. Thanks.

  28. Joni W

    I am currently working on a QOV and finishing up an anniversary quilt. Love your fabric choices for Autumn Jubilee. You are so inspiring!

  29. I’m following Teacups for possible future stitching. Just not sure I’d want an entire quilt of Teacups. I love your patterns/instructions. They have always been detailed & easy to follow. My stitching right now is limited to the recliner, so I’m working on binding a Batik Queen Topper that also needs a label. Thanks for all the projects, love the variety!

  30. Teri

    Carole actually got me started on Aurifil thread a year ago and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. The Bobbins last much longer and the thread is so durable as well as light weight. Thanks

  31. dezertsuz

    Wow, a lot of visitors today! I’m not doing the SAL, yet, but I like this idea for some florals I have collected over time. I may have to buy that book, because I do like the teacup on it’s side! What a great Autumn Jubilee this month this is at the end of the first week. Thanks for doing this. It’s a good tradition you started. =)

  32. Joanne

    Love your Asian fabrics–they are perfect for the teacups. I am working on a log cabin quilt to give my daughter for Christmas.

  33. Elizabeth

    I’m busy finishing my Autumn table topper that I started last year but never finished! The aurifil threads would be perfect. Love a cuppa, love the tea cups.

  34. Too bad if others don’t like your block design. They don’t have to make it. Tell them to go buy a book. What you are doing is great and keep it up for us to enjoy. Thankyou.

  35. sheryl harrison

    i am finishing up a quilt for my grandson. i designed it from a free whale pattern from moda, a free shark pattern from missouri star quilt company, some pieced fish blocks, applique sailboat and pieced waves from patterns i have and applique sea life from a coloring book and google images. it has taken a long time but has been fun.

    i am not doing the tea cup quilt along. i did several cup themed wall hangings a few years ago with coffee fabric. one was a long thin hanging w/ paper pieced cups. i love it and a friend asked for one so i made another one for her your cups remind me of my paper-pieced project. the other cup hangings were applique.

  36. Happy

    I’m finishing up a Secret Santa project this week, then I’ll be working on my Happy Go Lucky sampler, and trying to get it completed. My husband wants a teacups quilt, but it’s still on the list for now! Not enough hours in the day!

  37. Patricia Evans

    I just finished the flimsy for a quilt for my neighbors’ new baby (well, he’s 7 months old, but who’s counting). I’m not making the teacups quilt. I just have too many other WIPs to start something new and long term. Love Aurifil thread.

  38. Sandy

    I finally have everything assembled to start this project! I was able to get the Cups and Saucers book from the library which was a great bonus, glad I looked! Ever since I saw the first block I knew I had the perfect fabric in my stash but at my other house. The fabric is special because it migrated into my stash from a dear friend who passed away a few years ago that collected china. I can’t think of a better way to use her fabric! I am now reunited with my fabric and plan to start in the next couple of days.

    My current project is a birthday table topper that needs to be finished because we have a family birthday next week!

  39. connie wolfe

    Right now, I am working on another Comfort Quilt through the local chapter of Ronald McDonald quilts. The organizers taught the tumbler block. I am having some difficulties with the random and scrappy parts of this quilt, but I will have it done by the October gathering. Another project involves doing fall table runners. Some are raw edge applique and some use machine embroidery.

  40. Niki W

    I am not doing the teacup quilt along, but enjoy seeing the patterns and progress. I am trying very hard to have only 1 (or 2!) quilt projects going at one time.

  41. Sue Raymond

    Right now I’m trying to finish up my Row x Row but hope to start the blocks in the next couple of months. This quilt along has 2 of my favorite things, paper piecing and oriental fabrics. Luckily I have the Cups and Saucers book that I picked up last year. Thank you so much for hosting such a great project!

  42. manasotavacation

    you are featured on Auifil’s FB news feed!! YIEAH. I love paper piecing ant this is my next new project to start!!!!!!

  43. Joy

    I saw your quilt along mentioned on Facebook, and I can’t wait to check out the previous months patterns. I’m a teacup lover so this really appeals to me.

  44. I’m finishing up on my pumpkin and kitty wall hanging, starting a log cabin style Halloween block and I want to start on your tea cup quilt a long…Plus a few other quilt a longs I’ve been doing and a quilt I’m quilting for someone, just a few things!

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