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.
Now, what to do for borders? I auditioned several prints, but all of them seemed too busy or distracting.
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.
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.
I used a curvy pantograph called Halcyon by Lorien Quilting as it looked a little like wisps of steam coming from the teacups.
The batting is Hobbs 100% cotton.
I quilted over the stitchery without any problems.
I did the same for the appliques.
With just a few passes, it was done. It is great to work on small projects that finish quickly sometimes!
Here’s a closer look, I do like the way this turned out.
I used the same fabric for the binding as I had for the border.
One day of stitching while watching a football playoff game and it was done.
I hung it on the wall in the sewing room.
I’ll enter this into the fair this year, in the category of multiple techniques.
I really love the cranes in the upper corners.
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.
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?