Down Under Quilts – The Tea Party Quilt – Part 3

by Practical Publishing on November 8, 2018

The Tea Party – Part 3

Part 3 includes instructions for Blocks 18 – 22

By Val Laird
Quilted by Charmaine Ludlow

Indulge your love of appliqué and pretty fabrics as you finish with this lovely design

Level: 3

Requirements (see Fabric notes)

All fabric is 100% cotton. Quantities are calculated on 100cm (40in) fabric width.

  • 1 fat quarter each of Tilda Sunkiss Collection: Imogen Teal, Imogen Blue, Imogen Pink, Imogen Green, Beach Peony Teal, Beach Peony Blue, Beach Peony Lime, Charlotte Teal, Charlotte Pink, Ocean Flower Teal, Ocean Flower Blue, Ocean Flower Pink, Grandma’s Rose Blue, Grandma’s Rose Lilac, Grandma’s Rose Pink, Suraj Teal
  • 1.1m (1 ¼yd) selection of off-white tone-on-tone fabrics
  • 1.2m x 1.6m (46in x 63in) rectangle of backing fabric
  • 1.2m x 1.5m (46in x 58in) rectangle of quilt batting
  • Anchor stranded embroidery threads –one skein of 1, 29, 68, 164, 281, 1076
  • DMC stranded embroidery threads – one skein of D907
  • neutral cotton for piecing
  • coloured cotton (to match appliqués)
  • 70cm x 10mm (28in x 0.4in)-wide white rickrack
  • 20cm x 7mm (8in x 0.3in) heart ribbon
  • crewel size 8 needle
  • 2B pencil
  • erasable fabric marker
  • light box (optional)
  • fusible web
  • Clover yoyo maker 20mm, 30mm (optional)
  • small quantity polyester fibrefill
  • templates downloadable from below (for blocks 18 – 22)

101.5cm x 131cm (40in x 51½in)

Fabric notes
Please read through the instructions carefully. The quantities and materials listed above are for the entire quilt, so may not be needed for this part of the quilt. This quilt uses the Tilda Sunkiss collection, but you can easily substitute to your preferred fabrics. A metric fat quarter measures approximately 50cm x 55cm.

A scant ¼in seam allowance is used throughout for piecing and is included in the cutting measurements. The appliqués in this quilt are designed for edge-turned appliqué and need to have a 3/16in seam allowance added. It is recommended that fabric is washed and ironed prior to cutting.

Top tip
Stay organised, and keep components for each block in separate, labelled zip lock bags

From the off-white tone-on-tone fabric, cut:

1, 10½in x 12½in rectangle (Block 18)
1, 6½in x 8½in rectangle (Block 19)
4, 2½in squares (Block 20)
20, 2½in squares (Block 21)
1 6½in x 18½in rectangle (Block 22)

From the Beach Peony Teal, cut:
4, 2½in squares (Block 20)

From the Beach Peony Blue, cut:
2, 1½in x 18½in strips (Block 22)
2, 1½in x 8½in strips (Block 22)

From the Charlotte Teal, cut:
4, 1½in x 8½in strips (Block 19)

From the Ocean Flower Teal, cut:
5, 2½in x 4½in rectangles (Block 21)

From the Ocean Flower Pink, cut:
4, 1½in x 12½in strips (Block 18)

From the Suraj Teal, cut:
5, 2½in x 4½in rectangles (Block 21)
2, 1½in x 20½in strips (Block 21)

From the backing fabric, cut:
1, 4in x 40in rectangle for a hanging sleeve

For binding strips, cut:
11, 2½in binding strips from a mixture of the lighter coloured fat quarters

Top Tip
Be as economical as you can when cutting, as you will need to cut binding from the leftover fabric to finish the quilt

Appliqué preparation
1 Cut out the edge-turned appliqué shapes for each block, including a 3/16in seam allowance.
2 Where possible, place the inward curves on the bias of the fabric which will make it easier to obtain smooth edges. Clip the seam allowance along the inside curves and at inside angles.
3 Prepare the shapes for needleturn appliqué using your preferred method.
4 Dotted lines on the templates indicate that that part of the shape will be under another appliqué and therefore that seam allowance does not need to be edge-turned.
5 Place the template on a lightbox or other light source and lightly mark the position of the appliqués with the erasable marker and trace any stitching details.
6 Trace stitching details onto the appliqué shapes.
7 Pin the prepared appliqués onto the background fabric and hand-stitch using cotton that matches the appliqué.
8 Follow the order of stitching where indicated.

Block 18 – Layered cake
1 Stitch the heart ribbon onto the bottom appliquéd tier with a 2-wrap French knot in each heart using Anchor 1 thread. With the same thread, work a chain stitch on the scallops on the top and third appliquéd layer. Use Anchor 164 thread to stem-stitch the cake-stand.
2 Join a 1½in x 12½in Ocean Flower Pink strip to either side of the block and the same size strips to the upper and lower edges.

Block 19 – Bowl of flowers
1 Embroider the stems with DMC 907 thread using a stem-stitch onto off-white fabric.
2 Join a 1½in x 8½in Charlotte Teal strip to either side of the block and the same size strips to the upper and lower edges.

Block 20 – Checkerboard
1 Join the four 2½in Beach Peony Teal squares and the four 2½in Off-white squares in a checkerboard pattern and attach the unit to the lower edge of Block 19, then join to the right-hand edge of Block 18.

Block 21 – Flying geese
1 Make a flying geese row in the same way as for Block 3, using 20 2½in off-white squares and alternating five 2½in x 4½in Ocean Flower Teal rectangles with five Suraj Teal same-size rectangles. Stitch a 1½in x 20½in Suraj Teal strip to the upper and lower edges.

Block 22 – Cups and saucers
1 Before stitching the appliqués to the background, attach the ricrack to the cups by stitching a three-wrap French knot in matching thread, using Anchor 68, DMC 907 and Anchor 164. After the appliqués are stitched to the background fabric, use the same colour thread to stem-stitch around the outside rim of the cup. Work the handles in the same way as for the sugar bowl in Block 1.
2 Join a 1½in x 18½in Beach Peony Blue strip to the upper and lower edges of the block, then a 1½in x 8½in strip to either side.
3 Attach the block to the lower edge of Block 21, then join to the right-hand edge of blocks 18/20.
4 Join the three sections of the quilt together, aligning all seams.

1 Tape the backing fabric, right side down, to a firm surface using masking tape. Smooth the batting on top then the pressed quilt right side up, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. Baste the three layers together, pinning from the centre out.

1 Quilt in the ditch around all the appliqués, the seams and the flying geese, then quilt the remainder of the quilt as desired.

Suffolk puffs
1 Using the appropriate Clover Yo Yo maker, prepare the various Suffolk puffs.  Alternatively, turn down a small hem on the fabric circles and run a large gathering stitch around the edge. Pull up tightly and secure.
2 Attach the various embellishments as follows:

Block 7
3 large pink, 1 small pink and 2 small Lime Suffolk puffs

Block 9
2 small pink, 1 small blue, 5 small teal, 2 small Lime small Suffolk puffs

Block 16
1 large pink, 2 small pink, 1 small teal, 1 small Lime Suffolk puffs
3 small Lime Suffolk puffs onto an off-white strip

Block 18
1 large pink, 3 small pink, 4 small Lime Suffolk puffs

1 Join the lengths of 2½in binding strips with 45° seams and press seams open. Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Starting on one side of the quilt, and about 5 inches along the binding strip, pin the binding to the quilt with all raw edges aligned. Stitch it in place, mitring the corners as you go.
2 When you are about 5 inches from the start, take the quilt out of the machine. On a flat surface, smooth the two pieces of binding along the edge till they meet. Open one tail up at a 45° angle and turn the other down at a 45° angle ensuring they are aligned straight. Finger-press the fold well and sew the seam together along the finger-pressed mark. Check that the binding fits well before trimming it ¼in from the seam, then press the seam open. Fold the binding again and finish sewing it in place. Turn the folded edge of the binding over the raw edges to the back of the quilt and slip-stitch it in place.

Hanging sleeve
1 Fold each short end of the 4in x 40in backing rectangle under in a ¼in double hem. Fold the sleeve in half along the length with wrong sides together. Pin and sew along the raw edge. Press a crease ½in from either side of the seam line – these are the lines to attach to the quilt. With raw edges to the back of the quilt and the lower crease 2¼in from the quilt top edge, pin the sleeve to the quilt along the two crease lines. Stitch by hand, making sure the stitches do not show through to the front.

Val Laird
Val is passionate about having a needle and thread in her hand and loves including embroidery in her quilts. Val blogs at and you can also follow Val Laird Designs on Facebook ( and Instagram (



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