Teacups Quilt Embellished With Vintage Hankies

Put Your Vintage Hankies On Display With A Teacup Wall Hanging.

If teacups in your quilting is one of your favorite, this beautiful Tea Party block with the addition of a doily or vintage style hanky simply adds all the charm you can think of.


Use scraps for the teacups, or select your favorite fabrics. Many quilt designs provide an opportunity to include teacup quilt blocks, however, one of the most charming is Tea Party by Eleanor Burns. The block is pieced, not paper pieced, and surprisingly quick and easy. Embellish the block by stitching a vintage hanky or dainty doily beneath each cup.

teacup quilt block eleanor burns

Here is an inspiring idea for a wall quilt. Eleanors pattern suggests 3 teacups in a row for a quaint mini quilt.

teacup quilt with vintage hankies

Use up a collection of hankies, or shop around for some at thrift shops. Vintage style hankies are easily available. Choose plain colors with a lace edge, or sift country garden florals. Eleanors pattern is versatile in that you could make the wall hanging larger by simply adding more rows of teacups. A solid or low volume print provides the right background so as not to detract from the teacups, pretty hankies and lace embellishment. Embroider ‘curly’ cup handles if you choose.

The teacup block could be used in a similar layout as Karla Alexander’s quilt pattern (this one found in her book Stack The Deck). Mary of Mary Huey Quilts chose muted florals maintaining a vintage feel, and despite the activity of the alternating blocks, the teacups still feature. Embellish with hankies or lace, or not.

Teacup quilt Margaret Huey Quilts

Eleanor’s Burns Tea Party teacup pattern also has instructions to make a quaint mug rug, a great gift for a special friend. The pieced teacup pattern has an optional pocket to put in a teabag! The pattern includes a rectangle ruler for the perfect square up.

teacup quilt block with teabag pouch


Watch Eleanors video showing how to make a teacup quilt block.

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