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November 1, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 16 Japanese Tea from From My Carolina Home

As my regular readers know, I am fascinated with Japanese culture and way of thinking about the natural world.  So, I had to have a Japanese teacup design as the last block for this project.  It made sense too, since all of my fabrics are Japanese or Asian style prints.  This teacup has no handles.

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I got out the box of Japanese fabrics and my paper piecing tools.  Once again, this pattern is simple enough that you could use the traditional piecing method by cutting apart the pieces and adding seam allowances.

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Piece the three sections first.

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Then put them ...

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October 4, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 15 from From My Carolina Home

Time for Block 15 for the Teacups Quilt Along, and this month we go back once again to a paper pieced block.  I’ve simplified one from EQ8 to eliminate a lot of tiny pieces on the handle.  You can do this with traditional piecing too, by cutting apart the pieces and adding seam allowances.

So, let’s begin by printing the pattern, and cutting the major sections apart.

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I wanted to fussy cut my teacup print, so I used a door as a lightbox.  Hint, if you do this, be sure your print is wrong side up, as this ...

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September 13, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along Block 14 Sun Tea from From My Carolina Home

This month, I was looking for some teacup fabric to use as filler for when we begin putting the blocks together later in the year.  I was not successful, but while I was researching with the word teacup, I clicked on a summer tablescape and had a fun idea for this month’s block.

Sun Tea!  This is a traditionally pieced block with a bit of embroidery optional.

It makes up fairly quickly, beginning with the jar section, add the squares to angle the corners.  Sew on the diagonal and trim.

Then add the bottom center piece.

Next add the ...

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August 2, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 13 Mug from From My Carolina Home

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 ...

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July 5, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 12 from From My Carolina Home

Our block for the July installment of the Teacups Quilt Along takes us back to applique one more time.  We have cups, and a kettle for the water, teapots to steep and hold the hot tea.  What are we missing?

Well, tea bags of course!!  This month, we will applique two teabags on an 8-1/2-inch background.

I’m doing mine in raw edge applique, with the strings embroidered.  I’m using Aurifil 12-weight thread for the hand stitched part.  I fussy cut the tabs to have little round gold emblems.

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The pattern has four pieces, and you’ll need ...

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June 7, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 11 – and some news from From My Carolina Home

First Friday of the month means the next block for the Teacups Quilt Along is here!  I hope you have enjoyed stretching a bit with some new-to-you techniques you might not have tried before.  This month, the block can be made in two ways, so you can choose your comfort level.

The inspiration for this block was a teacup that I have had for so many years that I do not remember where it came from. Delicate and pretty isn’t it?

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It is unusual in that the saucer has a raised center for the cup to sit on.

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I ...

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May 3, 2019
Teacup Quilt Along – Block 10 from From My Carolina Home

Wow, where did the month go?  It is already time for the next block in the Teacups Quilt Along.  This one snuck up on me, as I am totally consumed with a Mini Cooper club event this weekend that I’ll share soon.

Anyway, since we have a teapot and lots of cups, we need to boil some water.  So this month we make the kettle.  I pulled the fabrics I plan to use, and realized I didn’t have any lightweight fusible web.   I have eight or nine packages of various types of fusible interfacings, stabilizers and seam sealers ...

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April 5, 2019
Teacup Quilt Along – Block 9 from From My Carolina Home

I hope you are having fun with the Teacups Quilt Along!  This month we go back to a paper pieced block, a little more complex than the others.  Time to stretch a bit.

Before we get to today’s pattern, I wanted to show you last month’s embroidery all done.  Did you get yours finished?

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The block this month is two stacked cups, with handles on opposite sides.  I always begin with coloring the pattern pieces so I stay on track.

Teacups Quilt Along Block 9 at From My Carolina Home

I wanted these cups to match the teapot, so I fussy cut the cup sections from the same ...

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March 1, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 8 from From My Carolina Home

Last month, we did a teapot, and the discussion that followed was about sugar and creamer (or milk for the true tea drinkers) to go with the quilt along.  I looked around but didn’t really see anything I liked.  I briefly considered making an applique pattern from my own little sugar and creamer set from my ceramic violets collection.  Aren’t they wonderfully delicate?

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The problem with that idea was the intricate details which would be difficult to do in needle-turn.  I didn’t want a raw edge applique, so back to the drawing board.

Then, when Brenda who ...

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February 1, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – Teapot block from From My Carolina Home

This month I wanted to do a teapot, but multiple tries with EQ8 was frustrating yet again.  For some reason, the program refuses to print the entire pattern when it goes over one page.  I have sent yet another bug report to them, but still no fix.  I was also going to make another applique pattern from my lovely little teapot with its graceful lines, but I cannot find it.  I suspect that I have donated it since I’m not really a tea drinker.  So, I give up and will use a pattern from the Cups and Saucers book ...

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January 4, 2019
Teacups Quilt Along – January Block from From My Carolina Home

For the next block in the Teacup Quilt Along, it is time to applique!  This is a mixed techniques quilt, so let’s stretch a bit this month.  Applique is not my forte, I can do an invisible whip stitch as well as anyone, I guess, but the turning under part is what is difficult.  So, time to figure it out.  You’ll need fabric scraps and a piece of background fabric 8-1/2-inches square to use as an applique base.

I purchased some heat resistant plastic template sheets, similar to these.  Note that the sheets are not heat proof ...

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December 7, 2018
Teacups Quilt Along from From My Carolina Home

The next pattern in the Teacups Quilt Along series goes back to paper piecing.  In the spirit of Christmas, I found this one that kind of reminds me of packages for the tree.  Of course, for me that means fussy cutting for the main part of the teacup.

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This was a supreme pain to get a pattern done, as EQ8 isn’t exporting well on my Mac computer.  The pattern refused to print the second page , and then resized some pieces so they didn’t fit each other anymore.  After beating on the program for over an hour, I finally ...

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November 5, 2018
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 4 from From My Carolina Home

This time we’ll do a pieced block with our Teacup Quilt Along!  I want to make this quilt-along with a variety of techniques. Today, Block #4 will be a Milk Pitcher to go with your teacups.

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Fabric Requirements –

Focus fabric for pitcher
one rectangle 2-3/4 x 3-1/2
one large rectangle 6 high x 5-1/2 wide, with the pattern carefully cut
one rectangle 1-1/4 x 3-1/2
two rectangles 1-1/4 x 2-1/2

Accent fabric for stripes
two rectangles 1 x 5-1/2

one rectangle 3 x 8-1/2
one rectangle 1-3/4 x ...

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October 5, 2018
Teacups Quilt Along from From My Carolina Home

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 ...

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September 7, 2018
Teacups Quilt Along – Block 2 from From My Carolina Home

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 55 of the first edition, or page 59 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 ...

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August 3, 2018
Teacups Quilt Along from From My Carolina Home

Thanks to the very positive response to my idea of doing a teacups quilt along, it is a go!  Today we will begin to stretch just a little, come just a small distance out of the comfort zone and learn together.  Make as many or as few as you like.  Do several all the same block for a table runner, or just one for a teacup mat.  If you are doing color challenges or fabric challenges, this would be a way to do two quilt alongs at once!

Anyway, to help me get started, this being a short week between ...

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