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 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 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" 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, 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)


  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!!

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Lovely coasters and great gift ideas!

  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.

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

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

  11. Merry Christmas Teresa! Love the coasters.

  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

  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.

  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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