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.
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!