Tea Time For You & Me!

Tea time

There is always something magical about a tea party. Especially when you’re the one invited by your little one to join her while you’re in between hanging out loads of laundry on a warm summer day. The sailor bear will not mind to share his chair with you! So come on and enjoy these small moments while they last. Let me tell ya they do fly by fast!

Hi, everyone! I am Jennifer Overstreet from gh quilting. My inspiration for this project came from memories of when my daughter was little (now she is a teenager). Even though she was not the princess type (and still not) she loved to have a tea party every now and then.

With that said…

I hope that this vintage inspired quilted table cloth will put some smiles and delight into your little one’s tea party!

All seams are 1/4″ unless stated otherwise.
WOF = Width of Fabric
Please read all instructions/directions prior to assembly!

1- Layer Cake, California Girls by Fig Tree & Co.
2 1/4 yards Fresh Linen (cream) 20188-11 for Backing, Sashing, and Ice Cream Cone Dividers
1/2 yard Coral 20187-12 for Binding

Ruler needed:

Creative Grids Non-Slip 18 Degree Dresden Plate Ruler #CGR18CF

English Paper Pieced Dresden Plate Place Mats
1/2 yard Bella Solid Tea Rose (9900-89) –  A light coral for Dresden plate backing and Dresden centers
Dresden plate English paper piecing templates

The Top

                                             (26″ x 26″)
Califorina Girls tea party

Cutting Directions:

  • Select 35 squares from your layer cake and cut into 2″ strips. *I did not use any double prints or solids. Best to cut layer cake by two or three layers at a time so that you do not stretch the fabric while cutting it. You will need 225 squares. Yes, you will have extras!  Set the rest of the layer cake aside.
  • Cut strips into 2″ squares
  • From the 2 yards of cream fabric cut 6 – 1 1/2″ strips x WOF.
  • Take each strip and cut, starting from the selvedge, at 8″ increments. These strips will be your sashing, and they should measure 8″x 1 1/2″. You will end up with 24 pieces. Set aside.
  • From the layer cake pull the dark coral solid, and cut 3 – 1 1/2″ strips.
  • Take each strip and cut them down to 1 1/2-inch squares. You will need 16. These are your sashing squares. Set aside.


  • Take the 2″ x 2″- 225 plus squares and arrange them so you can see each print and colorway.
  • Gather 25 squares of your choice and arrange in a 5 x 5 grid to create a 25-patch block as shown below.
    • Stitch each square together one side at a time to make a row of five.
    • Press seams to one side. Then press the next row of five to the opposite side
    • Once you have five rows, start stitching you rows together.
    • When finished assembling your first block, repeat the process over again for the remaining eight blocks.
Tea party block
  • Take your finished blocks and start adding the cream sashing ( Need 4 – 8″ x 1 1/2″ strips per row) to one side of the block. It does not matter if you go up or down or left to right when starting off. 
  • It does matter that you start with a sashing strip and then a solid block, then a sashing, then a solid block until you finish with as sashing. You will end up with 3 rows.
  • Take the remaining sashing (3- 8″ x 1 1/2″ strips) and the dark coral (4) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares stitch them together by doing the same process as the blocks and sashing. On the exception it will be square then sashing, square then sashing, until you finish with a square. You will have four rows when you are finished.
  • Make sure to press the seams of each row in the opposite direction from the row before it.
  • Start stitching the rows together and then press seams open.
  • Set completed top aside.
Ice Cream Cone Border
Ice cream cone  binding 10

Cutting Directions

Ice Cream Cone Dividers
  • From the remaining cream yardage, cut 2 – 5 1/2″ x WOF strips.
  • Starting at the selvedge, set the 18 Degree Dresden Plate Ruler (pointed end at the bottom of the fabric) so the 5 1/2″ marking on the ruler lines up with the top edge of your fabric.
  • Trim off and discard the small excess selvedge end (shown below).
  • Make your second cut on the opposite side of the ruler. The wedge you have cut will be the dividers between the ice cream cones.
dresden cuts
  • To make the next cut, flip your ruler so that the pointed end is on the top of the strip.  Make sure that the bottom edge is lined up with the 5 1/2″ mark on the ruler. Cut as before.
  • Repeat this process until you have cut 44 wedges.
dresden cuts 1
Ice Cream Cones
  • Gather the remaining cuts from the layer cake that you used earlier to cut the 2- 2″ strips from. Each remaining layer cake piece should measure out to be 6″ x 10″ rectangle.
  • Cut each piece with the Dresden Plate ruler the same way you cut the ice cream cone dividers. You will only need 2 wedges from each 6″ x 10′ rectangle. Line your fabric edge up with the 6″ mark, not the 5 1/2″ mark as before. You will need 48 wedges. Set remaining layer cake pieces aside.
Making the curve on the Ice Cream Cone
  • Take a 6″ Dresden plate wedge (printed piece) and press it in half lengthwise.
  • Then take the Circle Segment Ruler from the Dresden Plate ruler set and place it on the fold of your pressed fabric, lining the center mark of the ruler up with the crease. Make sure center line of the Circle Segment ruler lines up on the fold of the wedge, and that the top of the ruler and the top of the fold line up before cutting.
  • Use a 28-mm rotary cutter to cut the curve. Discard the scrap edges.
  • Open up the ice cream cone and press.
Ice cream cones 1
  • Take one ice cream cone and one divider.
  • Line the two pieces up so the tip of the divider meets the point of the curved edge of the ice cream cone (see image below).
  • Start stitching at the bottom curve of the ice cream cone.
  • Make sure that each row starts with a divider and ends with a divider.
  • Press seams towards the dividers. Yes, do this on both sides of the divider!

    It gives the whole border balance, and keeps the bias edges in check.

  • Repeat the process for the remaining 3 borders.
  • Each border will have 11 dividers and 11 ice cream cones.
Ice cream cones
  • Press the 4 remaining ice cream cones in half lengthwise, and then cut them in half.
  • This will give you 8 halves to add to the end of each border.
  • Stitch each half the same way you stitched the rest of the border.
ice cream cones 2
  • Stitching the borders to the sides of your top!
  • Baste, quilt as desired, and bind.
  • Due to the many curves, I highly recommend a bias binding and hand stitching the binding onto the back of the quilt.
Dresden Plate English Paper Piecing for Optional Place Mats
Tea Party 1

I apologize in advance for not having any instructions on how to English paper piece. Feel free to contact me for more information on where I got my English paper pieceing products and what sizes were used in this project.

If you choose to English paper piece your Dresden plates, use the remaining layer cake pieces and cut 6″ x WOF from the light coral yardage for the center of each Dresden plate. I recommend that you re-baste the petals once you remove the paper pieces. Otherwise they will fray and loose their shape.

Alternatively, you can use the Dresden Plate ruler set to make Dresden plate flower place mats. Again, use the remaining layer cake pieces.

*Note: the petals shown above are are 2 1/2″


  • Once you are finished with your Dresden plates, cut 11″ x WOF from the light coral yardage.
  • Cut the 11″ strips into 11″ squares.  You will need four 11″ squares to use as backing for your Dresden plates.
  • Sandwich your Dresden plate just like you would if you were making a quilt.
  • Stitch around each petal at the very edge. I recommend a blanket stitch or a zig zag stitch.
  • Then stitch around the edge of the circle or plate if you will.
  • Cut away the batting and backing from the outer edges.
  • Remove basting stitches if you paper pieced.
Tea Dresden 1
tea dresden 2tea dresden 3
One Last Tip…
corner cutting on binding

This is one of the tricky parts of the binding process and removing the excess from the corner is rarely ever done. In this case it is a necessity. Be sure not to cut too close to the fold or the stitching when you cut the excess out. By doing this, you will add more flexibility and remove the bulk from your finished corners.

One enchanted Tea Time table cloth measuring 38″ x 38″
tea time 1
Thank you for stopping by!
Jennifer Overstreet