The Tea Cup Quilt – Quilting with Precut Fabric

The Tea Cup Quilt – Quilting with Precut Fabric


Hi. I’m Hillary with Missouri Star Quilt
Company, and I have a great project for you today. This quilt behind me, is one that’s
been around for a…quite awhile…The fabric is new, but the pattern was designed a long
time ago by my sister. She actually made a quilt that’s maybe 3 feet by 3 feet, and
it’s been hanging in my kitchen for many years. I love it!
The fabric that we chose was Cream and Sugar by Ampersand Design Studios for Windham Fabrics.
We just used one layer cake for our whole project. That’s one of my favorite things
about it…it really only takes one, and you have a brand new quilt. So you have your layer
cake, and then for your borders, you’re going to need around a ½ hard for the inner
STOP border, we used a white for that. And then for your outer border, you’re going
to need around a yard and ¾. To make this block, I’ve chosen two; one’s
a bright green and one’s more of a white. So, those two will be paired up. And you can
do that through your whole layer cake; just go through and find that ones that you think
look really good together. And then you’ve got your sets already done, and there’s
no work at the end. So, I’ve got my pieces. I can… I’m going
to cut them both at the same time. I probably wouldn’t cut more than two at a time though
because your fabrics get a little shifty and you don’t want to end up with a miscut that
we really can’t fix at that point, so… So, we’re going to start by cutting two
inches off the side, through both layers, so we end up with our two strips here. Let’s
just set those aside. For our next strip, is going to be 3 ½ inches (counting, that’s
1, 2, 3 and ½) I’ll go ahead and trim that one.
There we go. Now, this piece that we just cut is our..star
piece. This is going to turn into our constrasting centers on all of these.
Okay, so we’re going to cut two inches off the end. There. I’ll just set that over.
And another two inches.Okay. Cut that. And now we’re going to lay it out. These
pieces right here are our special contrasting centers, so I’m going to set this one aside
because I’m working with the green block. And this is our contrasting middle.
I’m going to set it right here. Get our greens and stack the other ones on either
side. And take our two inch strip that we cut very
first, and set that here. And this is how your block is going to go together.
It’s really a super simple, easy block to put together. It highlights, some-when-a-really
big prints well. So, you know we have some of those favorite lines and fabrics with really
big designs on them, and sometimes you just don’t know what to do with them. This Is
a great pattern for that. So, first seams that we’re going to do,
we’re going to add these ends onto our middle contrasting piece.
Let’s go over to the sewing machine. You do want to watch that you make sure you’re
quarter inch seams…are nice and tight. Because we are going to lose just a little bit of
length on this pattern, and we want it to stay as nice and square as possible. So, keep
your quarter inches really n..really good and tight.
Here we go. Let’s go ahead and press this open. So we can have a nice piece to work
with. Okay Now, here’s what we’ve done. Okay, isn’t
that nice? It’s coming together really well. We’ve ..but you’ll notice, after you line
it up on one side that it’s going to be a little bit short here. That’s okay.We’re
going to trim these pieces when we’re through, and that’s the way the block comes together.
You don’t need to worry about stretching it, or trying, thinking that something’s
gone wrong. That really is the way the pattern goes. So, let’s go ahead and add these sides
here. I really like this pattern..this whole line
is a lot of fun with its greens and pinks. Even the brown really makes all of them pop
nicely. It’s kind of….fun colors to do our tea and sugar with.
There we go. There’s that one. And..we’re going to add our last side on, and that’ll
be our last seam for this block. Here we go. Good. Watching that quarter inch.
Make sure we’re keeping our distances all even.
Okay, we’re going to press that one out again. Well, this time. Here we go. That’s
our cute little tea cup block. Okay, here’s our little ends that are sticking
out on there. Let’s go ahead and trim those. You’re just going to line up your ruler
along the seams here and back here along the short edge of our center block. Let’s just
trim those little pieces off. And that..is what your finished block looks like.
Okay, so now that we’ve got our finished block, this is how we laid it out. I have
several pieces here that we’re going to work with. You start with one block, and your
center block is what we use to guide our positioning. It’s going to start face..up and down, and
then we’re going to move it so that it kind of rotates around the block. And it’ll come
down to the bottom. And then it’ll go on the side again. And then, let’s pull this
one so there’s a little variety, and it’ll come up to the top.going to
See here, it’s on the side, the bottom, the opposite side, and the top. When you start
your next row, you’re going to lay it out exactly the same way, except you’re going
to start from this second spot. And we’re just going to take…since their contrasting
block is at the bottom, we’re going to move it down here, so it starts with the bottom
position. And then we just start moving around so, you take it to the side-let’s not do
that one cause it matches completely. There we go. To the side. And then to the top. And
it looks like I’ve got a lot of teacups today. And that one’s going to come over
here to the other side. And that way, your pattern has a little bit
of organization to it as it goes. It helps you know where they need to be.
It’s a really fun little pattern, and I hope you enjoy it in your house as much as
I have in mine. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial from
the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

100 Replies to “The Tea Cup Quilt – Quilting with Precut Fabric”

  1. Excellent Job, Hilliary! Well demonstration! I love to watch all of the tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt Company!

  2. Wonderful job, Hillary. I'm looking forward to more of your tutorials. Your voice has that same soothing tone as your moms. And your instructions make a beginning feel ready to take the quilting plunge and the established quilters have a quick and easy pattern for their stash. Guess I might be layer cake shopping!

  3. Hillary, You did a great job with the newest tutorial. Hope I can get yet another quilt under my belt using the products I have purchased thru MSQC. Keep up the great job and can wait to see what is posted next week! Emalea

  4. Great job Hillary, even though I love Jenny, you did a fabulous job. Thanks, know one more project I see coming…..

  5. Look out Jenny – you might be losing your job to your daughter!!!! LOL Hillary, you did a fantastic job, still love to hear Jenny though. Can't wait for the next YouTube project.

  6. I Loved the Tutorial. Your Mom has taught you well. One thing you might want to stress (just in case of beginners) is to set your seams before you press to the dark side.

  7. I hope to see you in more Tutorials. Maybe Mrs. Jenny ,and You could do a Tutorial together, say maybe a Mother, Daughter, Christmas Table runner, or a Tree Skirt.

  8. I love MSQC tutorials and Hillary you are just as fabulous as explaining the process as Jenny is (love to Jenny) – you guys keep inspiring me, so thanks for that. Great job! 🙂

  9. Good Job Hilary!! You of course have a good teacher(your MOM!!) Love this…..and the material is
    really pretty!!!

  10. Great job! As a new quilter, I LOVE simple but beautiful quilts…this one definitely qualifies! Thanks for the tutorial and again…you did great!

  11. Thank you, Hillary! This seems like a great pattern for a baby/toddler quilt.
    Can't wait to get started on one.

  12. Hi! Another great tutorial from MSQC! How large a quilt will one layer cake make? Could a charm pack be used to make a smaller scale version of this pattern? Thanks so much for all the great ideas and for the great selection of precuts, notions, and yardage in your store! ALSO the great customer service; you folks are like family to me!

  13. Well Jenny when you retire it looks like you have an awesome daughter to take your spot doing the tutorials. She's a natural!!

  14. Great tutorial. Can you tell me the size of your finished block? I think this is important to know. thank you

  15. Awesome pattern by Natalie and awesome video by Hillary! Hillary, you're a natural! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Many thanks to your entire family!

  16. Great job Hillary!

    Is this quilt pattern available on your website? I'd love to purchase it 😀 😀 😀

  17. Hillary you should do tutorials more often! I have a cool idea. You should do your own show for the younger aged teens etc. You would for sure get some young people into quilting who might not otherwise tried!
    I have added this quilt to my long list of projects from your Mom's wonderful tutorials!

  18. The size of the finished block would be approximately 8.5"–you lose 1" because of the seams from the block construction itself, and then a further 1/2" from when you sew the blocks together.

  19. Hilary…. You did an EXCELLENT job…. You were very organized, and it was do easy to follow your instructions.. Now I need to arch for just the right layer cake. This is one of tose fun to put together quilts that we all love.. Thanks!

  20. Love this and love all the Missouri Star tutorials! You keep me inspired! 🙂 Can't wait to try this one!

  21. How big is the finished quilt? Lap? Twin? My mother in law loves "Hot Tea", she collects tea pots and cups/saucers sets, I would love to give her a lap quilt as she is 90 years old and gets chilled easily.

  22. Great job Hillary! You should do more tutorials..you did a great job and your instructions are easy to follow..thank you!!

  23. Great job, Hillary. You are a natural. Love the tute and as always appreciate MSQC. Look forward to seeing more of you in the future.

  24. hi there how are u??????????? im watching from my laptop and have closed captions 🙂
    but no captions from my ipad2 or my mobile i dont know why??????????
    thank u
    maria

  25. I tell you the truth…I have learned so much from the Missouri Star Quilt Company…I have been a seamstress for years, over the past few years I got real interested in quilting…I bought a long arm quilter and started searching for info for that when I stumbled upon these tutorials…thank you so much.
    Ollie

  26. Nice job, Hillary – just like Mom. Love the fact that so many of the tutorials show quilts using no paper pattern that one needs to buy.

  27. Looks like a lot of fun! Working on the hour glass quilt right now but may have to order another layer cake to do this project!

  28. You do a good tutorial 🙂 It's wonderful to see such a lovely family working together. You'll ROCK!!!!

  29. I was trying to follow along and write down the cuts in order and the sizes. Do you guys have the instructions some where? I would love a copy so I can make this! This is great for those who cuddle up with cups of coffee and read books. I see a Christmas present out of this!

  30. I loved this video! Can't wait to make it. Does it come out square after you trim the uneven side, or do you have to trim the other side?

  31. Nice Job ! can't wait to see more. Jenny ! I hope yall are gonna do a cool quilt with those new wool charm packs , I'm dying to buy some but not sure how to quilt with wool . Thanks for the videos !

  32. My comments never show up! Anyway, I loved this quilt, and Hilary, you did am awesome job.. Really. You are calm and confident….a natural….

  33. Grace, the digital pattern can be found at fons and porter dot com in the fall 2013. 🙂
    i'm not able to post the site here. it blocked me from doing so.

  34. I thoroughly enjoyed this tutorial! I'm curious to know what fabric was chosen for the backing and binding. 🙂

  35. What did you use for the binding and backing on the quilt?
    I'm finding it difficult to choose since the front is so busy with colors and patterns.

  36. Hillary, you are a natural at demonstrating the quilts just like your Mom! I thought I had seen all the videos but found this one….somehow I had missed it. Will have to give this a try! Great job, thanks!!

  37. Wonderful, Hillary!  Kudos to your sister for designing this fab pattern; thank you for sharing this with us!  Your group always makes sewing and quilting quick, enjoyable and encourages us to try something new!  Thank you!

  38. Great pattern.  I'd like to try this one.  Layer Cake shopping in my future!!! Love Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Looking forward to seeing Jenny in Tampa in Feb!

  39. what a cute kitchen table topper this would make. might do this in spring/easter designs and give to my sisters. thanks hillary. what a great job you did. hope to see you do more tutorials. 🙂

  40. Thanks Hillary you did a great job here and just like your mum you put it so we learners could follow and understand the process. You are a natural hope to see more from you in future. Found this in my history but don't remember seeing it so must of been on in one of my nod off times at computer. Yes I fall asleep watching you tube quite often Even woken a few times with imprints of computer keys on forehead. Not a great look but glad I found this tutorial.

  41. just cut out all the pieces for this quilt using Esprit de Noel in French General. Looking forward to putting it together. Hope it turn out as nice as the one above. I found this quilt in a quilt shop in Rosedale Victoria Australia and fell in love with it the woman who made it told me that it was from you guys, have followed you for years and never seen this one. Thank you.

  42. I can't believe I totally missed this video! I've been following this channel for over 3 years! Gonna try it tomorrow.

  43. the entire family is so talented in front and behind the camera!! thank you all for encouraging an old dog who didn't think she could ever learn the "tricks " of quilting!

  44. Wonderful pattern. I would like  to have the measure ments of the pieces used, as I may not be using a laycake.

  45. I'm like everyone else! how'd I miss this one? Such a beautiful family! I hope to make it out to Missouri one day to meet all of you! I literally had no clue about quilting and have learned everything from these tutorials. I even love watching man sewing! I'm disabled and struggle with it. quilting brings me so much joy. when people ask my hobbies and I say swimming, aquariums, and quilting. they always look puzzled! lol, but I can quilt when I'm not able to swim while looking at my aquariums 🙂 thank you so much again!

  46. As a former professional radio producer and correspondent, I want to say what a great job you did with this tutorial. No uhs, ums, stuttering, etc. Love the pattern too, and how you mentioned that it would be good for large prints. That's very helpful!

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