Easy to make coasters
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased some cookie cutters because I had a project in mind that I wanted to use them for, instead I borrowed them to use as inspiration for quilting designs. The reason I purchased them was to make scented decorations so my house would smell of Christmas.
Once again I got a little side tracked. I ended up making coasters instead.
Before I even started, I thought I would use up some of my Christmas scraps - the leftover triangles cut from half square triangles. I had all these pretty red and white ones that I just could not bare to throw away. So I sprinkled them on a background fabric with batting and backing underneath.
But it needs a little green I think, to really make it like Christmas so I cut some green slithers of fabric and lay them on top of the triangles.
Next I covered the entire section with a sheer fabric. I used a sheer so you could still see the red, green and white fabric under it. It also makes it shimmery.
Now a few safety pins to hold the layers together so I can quilt it. I stipple quilted it using a metallic thread - this is a good way to practice some different quilting techniques or threads. To read more about using difficult threads, see this article by Linda Schmidt.
I used the star cutter to trace and cut out two shapes after the fabric was quilted, then I edge it with red braid. I used a narrow zigzag to couch over this right around the edge. You can see from the close up how I did this and you also have a better view of the stipple quilting with metallic thread.
Here are my two star coasters.
These were fun and quick so I decided to use the bell shape to make two more coasters. This time I left ends on the braid so I could tie a bow at the top.
I could actually use these for the scented tree decorations that I set out to make in the first place. All I need to do now is add a few drops of Christmas scented oil in them.... but I have another idea. I'd better get back to the sewing machine.