Quilted Coasters

I’ve seen Pins about Quilted Coasters but I’ve never taken the time to give them a try.  I was looking at having a few coasters at work so I decided today’s the day!  The only issue I’ve had is the tension on my bobbin seems to be off and gave me a lot of issues, so before I make another one that will need to be fixed!

I opted not to put any batting or anything else in the middle because I was afraid it might get too thick and not work as well.  I will test them out at work first to see how well they work before making more.

I found a really pretty design with all triangles and decided it was time to start having fun with different triangle patterns.  I drew out the pattern and mapped out what I would need.  I made both sides the same pattern, so I doubled what’s in the note.

  • Dark Green & Light Green: 8 (16 total)
  • Light Green & Dark Pink: 4 (8 total)
  • Dark Pink & Light Pink: 4 (8 total)

For the coaster I also wanted each finished square to be 1 in x 1 in, so I wanted 1 1/2 inch squares to sew together.

I didn’t want to cut and sew so many tiny pieces so I went for the most productive way to generate many quickly.  I cut 1 1/2 inch strips of the fabric and sewed the two different colors together (right side facing inside), sew along both ends of the strips.

Take one strip and lay it on the cutting board and use the 45 degree angle to cut the triangles.  First you will need to trim the end, make sure to line up the 45 degree line with the stitching at the top.  Then change the rule around so you have a triangle, again lining up the 45 degree line with the stitching at the top.  Repeate until you have used up as many triangles as possible with the strip.  It’s hard to say how many triangles per strip because I was using scrap and they were all different sizes.

Iron each piece into squares then lay out the pieces out in the pattern you want, make sure to do this with both the front and back of the coasters.  I didn’t want to accidentally sew the wrong sides together so this worked great when there was a lot going on in the house (and I took a lunch break before finishing).

Take two pieces totgether at a time and sew.  I started at the top left on one block, then the top left on the next.  By taking one at a time it allows me to have a hole and easily remember where the other piece went.  After sewing the two pieces together I also trimmed the ends that were outside of the square, to make the entire piece square/rectangle (not shown below, I started doing that after I took pics).

After sewing two pieces together into a rectangle, I sewed the next top two pieces into squares.  Then I kept picking pieces to sew together until the block was completed.

This was rushed, and I had some serious tension issues that I was trying to work around, so they are not exactly perfectly square.  That’s what I like about home made things, they are all unique and each typically have some type of “flaw”.  Take the two pieces and place them nice fabric facing nice fabric, trim any pieces sections that are not lining up nicely.  I also flipped it over and trimmed any additional pieces that were outside the bounds.  Sew along the edge leaving about an inch to turn it right side out, I always prefer to leave the hole in the middle of a straight edge.

Turn it right side out, and use a chopstick (or something similar) to get the corners crisp.  Iron the sides flat, I pressed as hard as I could and steamed it a few times.  Make sure to iron the opening folded over so you can sew along it easily.  Sew along the outside and your done!

I actually really like these!  It turned out really nice with the exception of my tension issues.  I can’t wait to get the tension fixed so I can make more!  I’ve decided that I want to make a few for home as well.  We have sand stone coasters and sometimes the glasses sweat and stick to them, so we will see how well these work!  

Design a Quilt in Excel

I’m finally (almost) finished with my first quilt.  Before I go into the actual quilt, I felt it might be helpful to go over the process I used to design the quilt.  I looked at several different quilt blocks and after a lot of looking I found one similar to what I wanted to use.  For this specific quilt I wanted to have 6 larger blocks with images on them as the focal point, so something simple to complement the images.

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, reach for (1) graph paper or (2) Excel.  I’m used to using Excel and I knew if I used graph paper I would go through a LOT of paper. The other thing I like about using Excel is I can easily copy and paste to make slight modifications to see how it will affect the overall look of the quilt.  For this overview I’m going to use the Excel method, if you prefer graph paper the same basic concepts should apply.  I’ll make another post later about how I am using Excel to design my T-Shirt quilt. More

Badger Wall Hanging

I will be the first to admit I don’t know that much about seeing. This wall hanging project, with many small pieces, has defiantly proved that I may want to take a few sewing classes.  

 I have no clue if my method was even close to right, so to avoid steering anyone in the wrong direction I will just give an overview. 

I started by printing out the state of Wisconsin and the Badger. I made them larger and printed it on multiple sheets. I taped the pieces together and verified the two were the size I wanted. This tool a little bit of trial and error. Than I took stabilizer and cut to the size of Wisconsin and three badgers.

Note: Next time, I will use Heat n Bond Lite. 

First I assembled the badger. I cut out one white badger (outline only). Than I placed on the inner non-outline pieces and hand stitched. Finally I placed the outline on the badger and stitched only the inside.

Next I took the badger fabric and quilted the fabric with batting on the inside. I than added the black binding. 

Next I hand stitched the white Wisconsin on, and finally stitched the the badger on top of the Wisconsin. 

I finally added three strips of badger fabric on the back to allow it to be hung up.   Enjoy a few of the pitchers I snapped during the progress.     


Quilted Magnet 

I was having fun searching the DYI section of Pinterest and I found this cute quilted magnet.  I knew it would be a perfect use for some magnetic name tag pieces I found. If you don’t have strong magnet you may want to skip the batting.  I figured it would be a nice quick little project, so that’s how I started my afternoon.   

 I made two, for both I started by sewing some scraps together. 

 For the first one I cut 4 strips, two slightly larger than the other (next time I’ll make them the same size).  After cutting I sewed the pieces together.     

Finally I cut them to size, I think 3×3 squares are perfect!  I cut a black backing 3×3 and placed the front and back on a piece of scrap batting.  Leave a small gap between the two than quilt the two pieces.  Cut around the sides to remove any extra batting, don’t cut between the two pieces. Fold in half than sew around leaving a gap to turn inside out.  Turn inside out, this is yet another great use for a chopstick.   

 Iron well, making sure the open end is folded in good. Place the magnet inside and see around all 4 sides, depending on how big the magnet is, you may need to re-adjust the magnet on each side. 

I love how they turned out and it’s a great way to use up some scraps.