Hello Friends! I have a new pattern available called Bundle Up Holiday Coasters. Featuring four mix and match designs, these super cute little guys are the perfect last minute homemade gift. All of the designs are centered around my Bundle Up for Winter theme, a mitten, stocking, Knit Cap and Turtleneck with Sweater Vest.
This pattern started out with the Mini Mitten which was published by itself in Modern Patchwork Gifts back in 2016. It was so cute, I had to add a few more coaster designs to create a collection.
Want to add a little pizazz to your coasters? Try fussy cutting and piecing the sweater vest with adorable prints like these. You can go crazy creating these. For these coasters, I quilted by using straight stitch quilting on the diagonal with a walking foot about 1/4″ apart.
Need to whip up the coasters in a jiffy, go for the simple stocking and just a 3 way color scheme. Those polkadots are just too cheery. Again I am straight line quilting with a walking foot, this time straight up and down.
These coasters don’t take much fabric either, you could easily make them with your holiday fabric scraps.
I am pleased to share my latest published work, mini mitten coasters! They are super cute, easy to stitch up and you can use some cute coordinating holiday prints or make them super scrappy with some leftover holiday fabric.
They are featured on page 34 of Modern Patchwork Gifts 2016. This is the third year I have been published in the holiday issue and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Even though this was basically a one block design, I still used Electric Quilt 7 to design it. This tool is really versatile and it really helps you to visualize your project before you stitch it up.
I worked on this little pattern back in March. I had a really cute snowman print that I started with. But sometimes the white of the snowman blended with the white of the background and I was worried that they would not photograph well. I headed off to a local quilt shop, Cristina’s in Rochester, Mi to try to find holiday fabric in March.
And I wanted some fabric that looked modern but still holiday. She had these lovely prints tucked in a back corner. They are Winter Wonderland by Free Spirit Fabrics. And when I saw that candy cane print, all I could think of was the perfect ribbing for a mitten. These little guys are totally pieced and stitch up really fast. You could make them in an afternoon.
I decided to do some straight line quilting and make it easy. I think it adds some nice texture. Then I put on that tiny binding. It was not as hard as I thought. My usual method for joining worked just fine.
Isn’t this little mitten just adorable? You can make them with some fat eighths and a fat quarter for the backing and binding or use up your holiday scraps.
These are the perfect hostess, coworker or teacher gifts. Add a mug and some tea or cocoa and you are all set. Happy Stitching!