Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along

Wrapping up the Teacups Quilt Along, today I’ll show you how I finished mine.  When we left off last month, the blocks were assembled with filler bits to take up the blank spaces between blocks of uneven size.

Teacup QA Assembly at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Now, what to do for borders?  I auditioned several prints, but all of them seemed too busy or distracting.

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So I went with a black background fabric with a bit of gold print.  It reads more neutral and created a nice frame for the quilt.  Next was loading it on the longarm.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I chose a taupe color Glide thread for the top, with a close match Bottom Line for the bobbin.  On the back is the tea words print that I tea-dyed.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used a curvy pantograph called Halcyon by Lorien Quilting as it looked a little like wisps of steam coming from the teacups.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The batting is Hobbs 100% cotton.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I quilted over the stitchery without any problems.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I did the same for the appliques.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

With just a few passes, it was done.  It is great to work on small projects that finish quickly sometimes!

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here’s a closer look, I do like the way this turned out.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used the same fabric for the binding as I had for the border.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

One day of stitching while watching a football playoff game and it was done.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I hung it on the wall in the sewing room.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I’ll enter this into the fair this year, in the category of multiple techniques.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I really love the cranes in the upper corners.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This photo is a bit yellow, but you get the idea.  I need to press it again as the lower left corner wants to curl and not hang flat.

Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

If you are just now finding this quilt along, you can get all the free patterns and buy the book for some of them by clicking on Teacups Quilt Along on the sidebar.  There are 16 blocks plus the assembly posts to see.  The free patterns will remain free.

How’s your teacup quilt coming along?  Are you sewing this week on a project?

17 thoughts on “Finishing the Teacups Quilt Along

  1. travelingro

    This is lovely, Carole … I really have to agree with the black background. It does show the teacups beautifully … Thank you for this QAL … I love it. AND loving the book …

  2. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, Your Tea Cup Quilt did turn out fabulous! The design you chose for the quilting is lovely and you are right, in my opinion, it does look like swirls of light steam. Using the black print was also a very good choice. I hope that it does fantastically at the fair this year! I will post my progress today on the Face Book Group. I have really enjoyed this Tea Cup Quilt Along and am so glad that I did decide to do it. Have a fantastic day!

  3. Susan Nixon

    Your quilt is really lovely. You have the perfect spot to hang it, too. That’s a great frame for it, and the quilting is just right.

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