How to Quilt a Teacup Motif

Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s Tea Time!

Wouldn’t it be cozy to add a Teacup Motif to a quilt border or block?

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  For this tutorial, the lines are two inches apart.  The lines help the teacups from tipping too far off-balance, but don’t be rigid about following the drawn lines.

Begin at the bottom, between the two lines.  Stitch a curve–up and to the left.

Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

 

Stitch a straight line to create the top of the teacup.

Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

 

Stitch a half circle-from right to left, stitching near, but not on top of the previous line of stitching.

Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Closely echo stitch the top line, to the center.
Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy
Repeat the design to create as many Teacups as you would like.  Stitch slightly different shapes and allow the cups to lean right and left.

Echo stitch the top teacup and a few stitches down the right side.

Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a small semi-circle handle and echo stitch the handle, then echo stitch down to the next cup to add another handle.

Echo stitch the top teacup and a few stitches down the right side.

Embellish a single teacup by adding a few swirls and twirls as you echo stitch the top of the cup.

Teacup Motif, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now that’s a well brewed cup of tea–the symbol of ease and graciousness!

Yes, please!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 .

 

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24 thoughts on “How to Quilt a Teacup Motif

  1. I LOVE the simplicity and beauty of the teacups as well. Another beautiful doodle design! Thanks so much for your continued inspiration…

  2. I love all your tutorials. They are so easy to follow. Can’t seem to find your most recent ones on your turtorial page. Am I missing something? Also would love a book with all the tutorials in it. What a treasure chest that would be! Like an encyclopedia for free motion!

  3. The teacups are so darn cute! I can see them on all kinds of quilting projects in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing and your wonderful directions.

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