It’s the first Friday of August, and time for the next teacup block for our quilt along.
It is getting more difficult to find the right thing for the next blocks. EQ8 isn’t making it easy either, insisting on only printing one page for two page patterns. So I have had to mess with it quite a bit to get a pattern for you. This one is more of a mug than a teacup, and I hope it comes out OK. Before we look at the pattern itself, let’s look at a way to make the mug without paper piecing. I know this drives some people nuts, so here is what to do to convert a paper piecing design into a traditional piecing design. This is a very simple cup, but you can use this method to traditionally piece any paper piece pattern. If there aren’t a lot of tiny pieces, this method will work for almost any paper pieced pattern.
For this example, take the handle portion of the cup and place on your cutting board. This is a sample print out, yours will have the numbering on it.
If they aren’t already numbered, mark your pieces with large numbers so you see the order to sew. Cut the pattern apart on the sewing lines, discarding the quarter inch around the outside for now.
Place the pieces on another sheet of paper and glue or tape in place. Using a ruler with a quarter-inch line, draw seam allowances around each piece. Cut out your pattern pieces, then use them to cut the fabric. Sew the pieces together in order.
I don’t mind paper piecing, so I put together some fabrics and got busy. I won’t go through the paper piecing method today, but if you need a refresher, click on Paper Piecing Tutorial.
The mug will be about 7 inches square when you get the piecing done, but don’t worry if it isn’t exactly that measurement. Add a three inch border all the way around the mug of background fabric.
Using a square up ruler, place the top at an angle relative to the top of the mug, and plan on a 10-inch square to cut. Make sure your upper right point is on the fabric, as well as the 10-inch point on the ruler for the other three corners.
Make the cuts on the right side and across the top. Turn the piece around and cut the remaining two sides to a 10-inch square.
Here is the finished mug. Setting it on an angle gives an otherwise boring mug design a bit of flair.
And here are the pdfs, one is the pattern and the second is the instruction sheet. I had too much trouble with these and couldn’t get them to work as one download. Just remember to print the pattern “actual size” not ‘”fit to page” – TeacupsBlock13Pattern and Teacups QA Block13 Instruction.
So, now you can sew any paper pieced block with traditional piecing method. If you’ve skipped the paper piecing patterns up to now, go back and get them so you can have more to practice your new technique. Find all the blocks by using the Teacups QA link on the sidebar in the categories section.
Do you like paper piecing, or if not, will you try this traditional method for paper pieced designs?