Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Coaster-ing" into Christmas...


If anyone knows where December went, please let me know!  I have been in the quilt cave finishing some Christmas stuff...most recently...COASTERS!  When I came up for air, it was the winter solstice!


I made some free-pieced scrappy tree coasters last year for my Mom...very simple...just a triangle and a trunk.  They live in a tree wilderness, so it seemed appropriate.  They were very popular and well-appreciated.

Well, my sisters saw them and coveted them...one even took some. Then came the requests...both from the 3 sisters and the mom, who wanted some to replace the ones that "got away."


Thus started the quilt cave coaster factory.  For days I combed through my scraps of neutral, red and green to make coasters.  This time I made 2-tier trees and threw in some wonky stars.


As usual, I ended up with more scraps than I started with...how does that ALWAYS happen?!?


Finally, I ended up with quite a pile of coasters.


The scrap bins are still as full...need to make a BIGGER scrappy quilt.  I love making these trees and stars...GREAT fabric therapy. I just fill a dozen bobbins, put in a good movie (or a DVD of "The Big Bang Theory"...my VERY FAVORITE show) and just sit and feed the machine with chain-piecing.  

Oh, so satisfying...and it gave my applique fingers a break.



I love the wonkiness of the project, and I used up a lots of tiny scrap batting, which is always fabulous.


I must start Christmas stuff sooner next year...like, in January.  I say that EVERY YEAR and I know I won't.  I must finish hand quilting the music quilt FIRST THING IN THE NEW YEAR! Then I have so many other fun applique projects to get back into.

But for now, I will enjoy an extended family Christmas season! Lots of cooking, lots of nieces and nephews, lots of music, lots of memories...I hope you are doing the same!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


15 comments:

  1. somehow I never start early enough - I have a xmas wall hanging pattern - all applique and somehow it got stuck behind other things and I forgot all about it - I never even started it!! I hate to tell you that you will never make a dent in the scraps but that is the way it seems to go - somehow they just keep multiplying!!

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  2. These are very cute - love the wonky. scrappiness of them. Season's Blessings to you and yours.

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  3. What a sweet stack of coasters. Such a fun way to use up lots and lots of scraps.

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  4. LOVE LOVE your coasters!! What a fabulous idea.
    Wishing you a Merry day!

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  5. What a great gift...wish I was a lucky sister!!

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  6. Wow, what a great idea - they look awesome. Christmas Greetings to you and your family!

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  7. Lovely coasters and great gift ideas!

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  8. Those coasters are a great idea for using up scraps. I could be a sister for those star ones, especially. How did you finish them - pillowcase style or some other way?
    Have a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family.

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  9. These are fantastic! I need to start earlier next year!

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  10. Cute as can be...they are going to love them.

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  11. Merry Christmas Teresa! Love the coasters.

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  12. Those little trees are wonderfully cute! Did you use single binding? I made mug rugs last year and had a time with the binding (not a good time either lol)! Hugs and merriest of Christmases to you..Julierose

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  13. Love the wonky trees! Those stars are special too! I made some log cabin coasters this summer, I need to make some seasonal ones for a change of pace. They are great way to use up left over bits of batting. I need to start in January to make some for birthdays throughout the year.

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  14. What a fun idea to use scraps!! It is so fun to see the finished stack growing tall for gifts. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Keep an eye on that sister, so she doesn't take off with your present!!

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