I have a house warming and a birthday party coming up for which I would like to bring a small gift. Plus, my guild is having a coaster exchange for our December holiday meeting. With the incentive of the guild, I decided that handmade coasters are a perfect gift.
I pulled out some mini charm packs that I have received at various quilt classes and workshops. Then I found my project box of text fabric. There are coasters hiding in there.
I lined up some mini charms that I liked together and sewed them into chains. I pressed them and cut them in half lengthwise and divided the chains in half. I paired them up with text fabrics.
I cut a 10" by 5" rectangle of the text fabrics. I then made various slits and cut that I sewed strips into. I flipped the way the text read when I sewed them back together.
I had a ball. I did this 3 more times so I could have a total of 4 rectangles. I made sure each rectangle all had one fabric in common which meant adding a strip to the rectangle above.
I pressed the seams to one side. I did not, however, even up the rectangles at this point. I wanted to see how each would work out.
At the top are the four finished rectangles before I evened them up. I cut them all to the length of the shortest rectangle. Then I evened the widths to the skinniest rectangle. They all ended up 10" by 5" again which tickled me.
I am not sure if the picture shows it but each rectangle has at least a strip of the blue small text fabric. As I am giving these as a set, I wanted to have a common element. An easier way to do this would be to use the same fabric but where's the sport in that?
I cut 4.5 inch wide strips of fusible batting and then reduced that to squares. I ironed one square on one half of each rectangle. I then folded each rectangle in half and pinned it lightly.
I flash fed each one and sewed one side and then the other, leaving the fold side alone and the opposite from the fold free. I turned them all inside out and pressed down a quarter inch. I pinned that side and started my quilting with sewing that shut.
As you can see, I have my walking foot on in order to quilt. I did not drop my feed dogs, I did various geometric shapes using straight lines.
Ta da, here they are. All finished and ready for a ribbon. I love the whimsical look of them.
Now I need to go make another set. Or 5.
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I made coasters once before for myself. I followed a bit of a different plan. You can check out that photo gallery tutorial here.