These big stitch coasters are one of my favorite quickie projects that get used often around my house. Not only are they a great way to show off some favorite fabrics and/or colors, but they are also a great way to practice your big stitch hand quilting! Of course, you could machine quilt these as well!
BIG STITCH COASTERS
Supplies + Materials (to make four coasters): (See here for some of my favorite Big Stitch Quilting supplies.)
+ Four 5″ squares for coaster fronts
+ Four 6″ squares for coaster backs
+ Four 5 1/2″ squares thermal batting (such as Insul Bright)
+ Circle Template (below)circle template for big stitch coasters_carolyn friedlander-1
+ Other Supplies: quilting thread (such as Sashiko, Perle Cotton, 12wt cotton, etc), quilting needle, thimble, marking utensil, scissors, pins, 1″ bias tape (see below).
BIAS TAPE: make it! (or buy it.)
Cut 1 7/8″ strips on the bias and use 25mm bias tape maker to create your own. (You’ll need roughly 18″ of tape for each coaster.)
1. FOLD: fold and press coaster fronts in half and in half again.
2. MARK, CUT: align Circle Template with folds, mark arcs and cut along line through all layers.
3. BASTE: layer coaster front (RIGHT side UP), batting and coaster back (RIGHT side DOWN). Baste layers together.
4. STITCH: using thick quilting thread and hand quilting needle, stitch through all layers. I followed the folds, but you can get as creative with this step as you’d like! Repeat for all remaining coasters.
5. BIND, ENJOY: Trim excess batting and backing, and bind all edges. Enjoy! (Psst, binding tutorial here.)
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