If you're looking for Needle and Thread Thursday, or even if you're not and you just want to check it out, I posted it a day early because of the blog hop, and you can find it HERE!
For my stop on the Wicked Hop, I want to share a little tutorial on a project that can be modified to suit your decor all year long, and will keep away those really "wicked" rings on your furniture!
I made these super cute quilted coasters (a whole set of six) in less than an hour- no kidding! Here's what you'll need-
*24 assorted 3 inch squares. This is a great use of small scraps, or I picked up a FQ bundle with five different fabrics and had way more than enough for the entire coaster set.
*6 squares for backings, cut 5.5 inches.
*and 12 squares of batting, cut 5.5 inches. I wanted to be certain that the coasters were able to absorb a lot of condensation, so I doubled my batting, which is why we're cutting 12 squares instead of 6.
To make the tops of your coasters, sew your 3 inch squares into four patches, and give them a quick press.
Now, put your four patch and backing square right sides together, and put the two squares of batting on top, like this-
Using your walking foot to be sure that everything feeds evenly, and sew all the way around with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving about 2 inches open. Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop.
Remember, you're looking at the wrong side of the fabric on the back!
Clip your corners, taking care not to cut your stitches. We just need to reduce the bulk in the corners to make the next step easier!
Then just turn the coaster right side out! These are small enough that you can use your fingers, but a chopstick or the eraser end of a pencil works too. Just don't use anything sharp or you'll poke right through your corners! This is where the backstitching is important, because when you turn it, your seam will need to be strong so it doesn't pull open.
I am really not a fan of hand sewing, so I like to close my open edge by folding it inside and stitching all the way around the edge of the coaster.
At this point, you could quilt it however you want! I know that some spiderwebs would have been just awesome, but I did mention that this was completed in an hour, right? Instead, I set my stitch length to 3mm and opted for a quick square spiral. I didn't get too precise with it. I kept the lines "organic-" which is what I like to call it when I don't care if there's a little wonkiness to it, ha!
Once you've got the basic construction down, you can change the fabrics to any holiday or even match your regular decor. You can make the quilting design your own, or even modify the top into any favorite block pattern. Keep in mind though, that the entire finished coaster is only 5 inches- plenty big enough for a drink to sit on, but not exactly a ton of room to show off mad-piecing skills. You know, unless you're into working with teeny-tiny pieces... in which case- more power to you! You could even fussy cut squares for the top and not piece at all! Just have fun with it!
So, there you have it! A set of six coasters that would make anybody smile, and will keep away rings on the furniture- because those are really scary!
I have a good bit of the fabric I used on this project left over, and since it's time for me to stop thinking of Halloween, and start checking off my Christmas list, I don't have any plans for it. So, I'm offering them as a giveaway! There is one 12x18 inch piece of each fabric left, plus a 5x12 piece. So still plenty for another little wicked project!
To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment! I'll use Mr. Random to choose the winning number on Monday, 11/4. So the giveaway will stay open through the weekend!
Followers will get a second chance to win. So in your second comment, be sure to let me know how you're following!
oh, and ps- I'll contact the winner by email, so if you're a no-reply blogger or a wordpress user, please be sure to leave your email address in your comment. :)
Lots of thanks to Mdm Samm and Wicked Wendy for organizing such a fun hop. By the way, don't forget to check out the final few Wicked Hoppers today!
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