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Hello Spring – Part 2

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone is enjoying staying at home and spending more time sewing!

My second favorite place to decorate is our coffee tables — all of them both inside and outside have glass tops. I think I secretly choose glass tops so that I have a reason to sew. Making table runners and coasters keep me from dusting on a daily basis πŸ™‚

Keeping the tulip theme going, I modified MSQC Totally Tulips tutorial to use as a table runner. I used scrap batiks to make the 22 x 43 inches table runner.

quilted spring table runner, totally tulips, spring home decor
Totally tulips table runner

You can watch the video explaining how to make Jenny’s totally tulip quilt block here.

Also, because of the glass tops I tend to make lots of coasters. This is the set I made to match the totally tulips table runner.

I purchased the spring tulip design from Embroidery Library. You can find it here. I used the smaller size — perfect for a 4 x 4 embroidery hoop.

Below you will find the steps I use to make coasters and a coaster cozy. Sometime I use embroidery most times I use scraps. This is definitely a great way to use up smaller scraps or charm packs.

The coaster and cozy make great gifts!

This tutorial will make four coasters and one coaster cozy. I hope you enjoy your set as much as I enjoy mine β™₯

Materials:

  •  Four (4) Embroidered designs trimmed to a 5 x 5 inch square per coaster
  • Or four(4) 5 x 5 inch of fabric to use as the front of each coaster
  • 1 fat quarter for backing fabric or fabric scraps at least 5 x 5 inches square
  • Scrap batting at least 5 x 5 inches per coaster

Step 1 – Embroider your design and trim down to 5 x 5 inch square.  If not using embroidery use fabric you selected to be the front of your coasters.

I usually hoop the fabric and batting — no stabilizer.

Step 2 – From your fat quarter or scraps, cut four 5 inch squares to use as the coaster backing.

quilted coaster tutorial
step 2

Step 3 – From your scrap batting, cut four 5 inch squares- only if not using embroidery.

Step 4 – Layer the coaster top fabric on the back fabric, right sides (pretty side) facing. Place the batting on top. Make sure all edges are aligned, use pins or wonder clips to keep everything in place.

Step 5 – Sew a ¼” seam around the outside of the coaster leaving at least a two inch opening along one side for turning inside out. Make sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end.

Step 6 – Using scissors or rotary cutter, trim the excess fabric at a diagonal from the corners.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 7 – Through the 2” opening, turn inside out so that the batting is sandwiched in between the coaster top and backing fabric. To close the opening from step 5, fold the opening inward ¼”, press with an iron, and then top stitch 1/8’ around the entire coaster.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 8 – To make the coaster cozy, sew enough fabric scraps together so that you can cut two 6.5” squares. From your scrap batting, cut one 6.5” square. Follow Steps 4 through 6 (above), but using these 6.5” squares.

After turning inside out I quilt straight lines forming an “X” corner to corner to stabilize the unit. Sorry for the bad photo — it was night time and I used matching thread.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 9 – As shown below, pinch each corner so that aΒ  wall forms on each side. Clip or pin the corners to keep them in place. Place at least one of your coaster in the center of the pinched cozy to make sure they will fit after stitching.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 10 – Stitch the pinched edges.

machine embroidered spring coasters,tulips
spring tulip coaster and cozy

Voila – enjoy your new coasters and cozy!

Feel free to ask any questions — I realize it’s not a detailed tutorial but hopefully it’s enough information to get you started!

β™₯β™₯ Enjoy your day and stay safe β™₯β™₯

Hello Spring

In light of the current world events like many others we’ve had to cancel our travel and vacation plans. Yes, it’s definitely a bummer but on the flipside I’ve gotten my sewing and blogging mojo back πŸ™‚

Ah, springtime! There’s something refreshing about this time of year – winter is fading away and spring is emerging! My tulips are blooming and the sunlight is lasting longer which is inspiring my creativity.

One of my favorite places to decorate is the kitchen table. This year I designed a set of spring tulip placemats for our table. I used a small fat quarter bundle from my stash of Harper’s Garden by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics to make a set of four place mats.

tulip quilted patchwork placemats,spring decor
Spring tulip placemats
spring tulip placemats backs

The simply lovely tulip flower quilt block is constructed as a simple nine patch.

Below are the instructions to make Two 6.5 inch unfinished tulip quilt blocks for one placemat.

*** The pictures shown were taken while I was making a 12 inch block.***

Cutting:

Tulip Fabric Quilt block
Tulip Fabric
  • Background Fabric
    • Cut (4) – 3 x 3-inch squares
    • Cut (6) – 2.5 x 2.5-inch squares
    • Cut (2) – 1.5 x 1.5 inch square
    • Cut (2) – 1.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle
  • Tulip Fabric
    • Cut (2) – 2.5 x 2.5 inch square
    • Cut (2) – 3 x 3 inch square
  • Tulip Bud or Stamen Fabric
    • Cut (2) – 1.5 x 1.5 inch square
  • Leaf Fabric
    • Cut (2) – 3 x 3 inch square

Assembly

  1. Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of one of your 3×3 inch squares.
  2. Place the squares with the drawn line on top of the stem and tulip fabrics 3 x 3 inch squares.
  3. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line.
half square triangle step 1
Draw line from corner to corner

4. Cut on the lines to make 2 half square triangles.

half square triangle step 2
Cut on the lines to make 2 half square triangles

5. Press seams on all of your half square triangles. I press my seams open.

half square triangle press seams
Press seams

6. Square up the half square triangles to 2 1/2 inches.

square up half square triangle
square up half square triangles

7. Arrange tulip nine patch as shown below.

8. Seam them together in rows. Keep track of the direction of the leaf blocks.

I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of both tulip block layouts. please refer to the picture above for the second layout.

tulip quilt block layout - 9 patch
Tulip Block 2 Arrangement

9. Press and sew the rows together to form the completed tulip blocks. One completed block should measure 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.

To turn your lovely tulip blocks into a placemat

tulip placemat
  • Join tulip blocks, vertically – top to bottom
  • sew on a 1.5 x 12.5 rectangle (the blue)- press seam
  • sew on a 9.5 x 12.5 rectangle (the floral) – press seam

Cut your batting and backing 14 inches tall and 20 inches wide per placemat. I use Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus when making placemats and table runners.

Quilt as desired. I used my walking foot with one inch intervals.

Binding — you need approximately 2.25 x 62 inches of binding per placemat. I machine stitched the binding to the front, back and used the pocket method to join the ends.

pocket binding

Next time I will show you my other tulip inspired projects!

Happy Spring, stay safe and happy Sewing!

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