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Scrappy CF Coasters

One set wasn’t enough, so here are some more scrappy CF coasters that I made recently.

scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

Actually, I guess that I have a lot of these in the works. They can be made from a charm pack, and so I grabbed a stack of 5″ squares from Collection CF and started pairing the fabrics together in different ways and in different sets. The first grouping was this one, and here is another grouping in pinks, peaches and lilacs. If I let myself really dream a bit, I think it’d be lovely to make an entire set of these big stitch coasters in all of the colors.

scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

Binding Selection

One thing that is a little different about this set from the first is that I used different binding fabrics on each of the coasters. There’s no right or wrong in deciding this, it’s all a matter of taste and what you are feeling. In a scrappy set like this, I think the variety is fun, and I love seeing how all of the different fabrics play out in the bias trim.

scrappy bias binding in collection CF
scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

Selecting Thread Colors

I quilted each coaster with a different color thread. This adds even more character and color to each coaster and to the set as a whole. The quilting becomes more engaging, because you can think about and explore using different colors as you go–an entertaining way to quilt, if you ask me.

scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander
scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

This is a great project to grow (or start growing) your big stitch quilting skills. I also think it’s a great way to explore different ways to pair fabrics and explore color. Plus, it’s something that you can use around the house or gift to a friend.

scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander
scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

Binding Tips

If you haven’t seen it already, I have a new video that I posted on making the binding and how to attach it to the coasters. You can head over here to check it out.

scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

Project Details

Fabric: Collection CF

Tutorials: Big Stitch Coaster Tutorial (here), Binding for Quilted Coasters video (here)

My favorite Hand Quilting tools.

scrappy CF coasters . carolyn friedlander

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How to Bind the Quilted Coasters

I’m delighted to have something new for you–a video on How To Bind the Quilted Coasters.

big stitch coasters . carolyn friedlander

The binding on my Big Stitch Coasters seems to be a sticking point for many, and so I’m happy to be able to show you exactly how I do it.

how to bind quilted coasters . carolyn friedlander

The video includes picking out your fabric, creating your own bias tape, and then I go through all of the steps for attaching it to your coasters. I like to sew the top by machine and then hand stitch it down on the back. I’ll mention some tips too on how I’d attach it all by machine if that’s something you’re curious about.

Of course there are a million ways to do just about anything in sewing, this is just the way that works for me. I’m hoping it helps you too!

Everything gets better with practice. Don’t feel bad if it takes a bit to get the hang of it.

Let me know what you think and happy binding!

Links:

+ Big Stitch Coasters Tutorial

+ Binding Tutorial (on YouTube)

+ Here’s a link to some of the supplies I used in the video that can be found in the shop: Clover Seam Roller, Thread Gloss, Aurifil Thread, Hand Sewing Needles, Kai small scissors, Kai medium scissors. (Oh, and a special Crew pincushion makes a cameo too.)

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Big Stitch Coasters Tutorial

big stitch coasters tutorial . carolyn friedlander

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 . carolyn friedlander

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).

big stitch coaster supplies

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.)

making bias tape

making bias tape . carolyn friedlander

making bias tape . carolyn friedlander

1. FOLD: fold and press coaster fronts in half and in half again.

fold fabric coast fronts . carolyn friedlander

fold fabric coast fronts . carolyn friedlander

2. MARK, CUT: align Circle Template with folds, mark arcs and cut along line through all layers.

mark the coasters . carolyn friedlander

Cut the coasters . carolyn friedlander

3. BASTE: layer coaster front (RIGHT side UP), batting and coaster back (RIGHT side DOWN). Baste layers together.

big stitch coasters tutorial-baste layers . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters tutorial-baste layers . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters tutorial-baste layers . carolyn friedlander

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.

big stitch coasters tutorial-stitch layers . carolyn friedlander

 

big stitch coasters tutorial-stitch layers . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters tutorial-stitch layers . carolyn friedlander

5. BIND, ENJOY: Trim excess batting and backing, and bind all edges. Enjoy! (Psst, binding tutorial here.)

big stitch coasters in collection CF . carolyn friedlander

big stitch coasters in collection CF . carolyn friedlander

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