Tea Cup Quilt Block

This month's theme for Quilt Block Mania is Friendship, and what better way to catch up with a good friend than over a nice cup of tea or coffee?

This Tea Cup quilt block is a beginner-friendly foundation paper pieced block that comes in two variations. The simple version is perfect for fussy cutting a special fabric, because the entire cup portion is one single piece of fabric. So that special print you've been keeping for the perfect pattern? This might just be it!

Teacup FPP Quilt Block Pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - blue teacup with fussy-cut peacock fabric on pink textured background

The second variation has a tea bag label, and requires a little bit of embroidery for the string. The pattern comes with templates for both options, so pick the one you prefer. Or make both and gift one to your best friend next time you catch up over a cup of your favourite brew!

Teacup FPP Quilt Block Pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - turquoise teacup with pink teabag tag and navy handles, on grey background

Resizing the quilt block

The pattern includes full size templates for a 12" x 12" quilt block. I resized the block to make the plain teacup at a 6" x 6" size, so if you'd like to do the same, pop over to this blog post where I teach you how to do that easily on your own printer or on a photocopier. 

Make a tea party quilt

Combine the Tea Cup quilt block with the French Macaron and the Cupcake, and you have all the ingredients for a tea party quilt. 

Tea Party quilt using Tea Cup, French Macaron and Cupcake quilt block patterns by Penny Spool Quilts

And of course there are many colour options for the tea cup itself, too. You could even use the same fabric for the entire cup, or give the handle and foot different contrasting fabrics for extra interest.

Tea Cup FPP quilt block by Penny Spool Quilts - blue cup with black foot and handle on white background

Tea Cup FPP quilt block by Penny Spool Quilts - teal cup with blue foot and grey handle on white background

Tea Cup FPP quilt block by Penny Spool Quilts - coral cup with black foot on mint background

Foundation paper piecing

The Tea Cup quilt block is a foundation paper pieced pattern that's suitable for beginners that have a bit of experience doing FPP. The pattern itself doesn't explain the technique, but if you're new to foundation paper piecing and want to give it a go, I wrote an FPP tutorial for the Clover blog to help you get started with the technique. It's a full photo tutorial and comes with a free, simple pine tree block to make.

If you've done FPP in the past but maybe just need to gain a little more quilty confidence, I have a few patterns in the shop that make perfect starter blocks to warm up with before diving into some of the more complicated blocks. Check out the Twisted Log Cabin, Popsicle, and Ice Cream Bar blocks to dip your toes in, or the Festive Forest table runner.

Teacup FPP Quilt Block Pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - small and large teacup blocks on grey flooring

Get the block

The Tea Cup quilt block is now available in the pattern shop.

*Quilt Block Mania blocks are free to download for the duration of the month they were designed for. After that, they are available in the pattern shop.

Don't forget to check out all the other Friendship blocks this month!

May 2023 Quilt Block Mania Friendship Quilt Blocks

Friendship Heart Circle by Carolina Moore
Best Friends by Inquiring Quilter
Friendship Butterfly by Inflorescence
Mans Best Friend by Scrapdash
Circle of Friends by Sugar Sand Quilt Co.
Friendship Bracelets by QuiltFabrication
Hearts Entwined at Patti's Patchwork
Friendship Chain at The (not so) Dramatic Life
Tea Cup by Penny Spool Quilts
Dog Paw by Crafty Staci
Scrappy Friendship Star by Katie Mae Quilts
My Best Friend's House by The Quilted Diary
Striped Friendship Block by Kaye Collins
Circle of Friends by Applliques Quilts and More
Loving Friends by Epida Studio
Friends by Patchwork Breeze
Intersections by Brown Bird Designs
Pineapple by Emerald Falls Quilts
Friendship Bracelets by A Piece of Quiet Quilts


  • Please send me the e-mail with the free teacup block

  • this is such a fun block. and yes I do use tea cups for when I have friends over. they are even fun to use when we have iced tea. thanks for sharing your pattern. oh and I love to paper piece, so I look forward to your pattern. what a fun table runner this will make with flowers


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