Coffee Cup Quilt

When I am procrastinating it is usually by spending time on the computer.  Invariably that leads me to quilts…funny how that happens.  Today I was looking at the eBay listings and found a quilt that I could not pass up.  How can you go wrong when you combine quilting and coffee?


The quilt is actually not quilted.  It has a backing and no batting, sometimes they call these “summer spreads”.  I plan to take off the backing, add batting, and hand quilt it.

I am always interested in the history of a pattern and I looked for some examples in the quilt index. I found one similar quilt


The pattern is very much like one called “coffee cups” published by the Kansas City Star in 1935, and also in 1946 published as “cup and saucer”


the difference being that the cup handle in the pattern is appliqued and the handles in this quilt are pieced


I love the bright colors and variety of fabrics.  I get the feeling these are 50’s or 60’s fabrics.  I will have to wait for the delivery to look at it more closely.


I really didn’t need another project!  But I couldn’t resist it…I guess procrastination can be expensive!

I will post more about this quilt when it arrives.

Happy Quilting


21 thoughts on “Coffee Cup Quilt

  1. Siobhan says:

    Great quilt top! So graphic…know you do wonderful things with it!

  2. stjamespcdc says:

    Being hyper-creative costs money. It can’t be helped I’m afraid.

  3. I Always find procrastination expensive!! These tempting computers……

  4. Kristen says:

    Excellent! My several years of lurking on the eBay quilt market, and I have never seen one of these! Oh, you must quilt the steam from the coffee, that’s just too good.

  5. Pam Gardner says:

    I am crazy about your coffee cups!

  6. I have a similar pattern, but it’s totally applique. Love the quilt. I love to find “finds” like this 🙂

  7. Queen Willow says:

    would love to figure out how to make this block, would make great table runners

  8. jildo says:

    I have a smaller version of this — I was thinking of selling on eBay. Do you have any idea who made these?

    • timquilts says:

      It is not an uncommon pattern and has been published several times so I am sure that there are thousands out there all made by different individuals. most quilters never sign their work so most remain unknown.

  9. lorieast says:

    Quilts and coffee?? You KNOW I’m in on that one! Looks like you found a wonderful example too. I love it!

    I will have to dig mine out…it’s not vintage but is still kind of cool, was given to me when I left the board of a guild I was in more years ago than I want to admit. Will try to get you a pic soon.


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