I made two sets of purple coasters for my cousins C and J.
For C I used these two light purple fabrics that I think I’d already had partially sewn in strips together. I cut the strip of two fabrics into squares. When I made my little quilt sandwiches, I matched up my squares so that the prints on one side were perpendicular to the prints on the other side. (Meaning, if they were horizontal on one side, they were vertical on the other.) I quilted them using lavender as the top thread and a darker purple in the bobbin. (That’s what I had in the bobbin already, and I thought it would be interesting.)
I quilted them with lines parallel to the center seam. Then I flipped them over and did the same, so I ended up with lavender lines and the darker purple lines on both sides. Pretty cool, huh?
For J’s I used this pretty fabric. I’ve used it before. The quilting is free form curves from the center of each side. If I’d traced something they would be more even but I wanted to free hand it. They still came out pretty well.
I pulled red and navy solid scraps for some improv piecing for my cousin M. They’re his college colors, and nice and masculine. I LOVE how these came out. They’re honestly my favorite of all the presents I made and I don’t even know why. The fronts are all different.
The backs are all just half navy half red.
I quilted them in ways that mirrored or highlighted the design. The one on the far left has been quilted with one vertical line, bisecting the coaster, and several horizontal lines just to one side of it – the same as the piecing but rotated 90 degrees. The second from the left is lines perpendicular to the piecing. The second from the right is diagonal lines parallel to the piecing. Lastly, on the right, a square spiral. I used blue thread for everything. In the background you can see several other Christmas presents, some of which I still haven’t blogged about!
A close up of the square spiral:
My uncle S is a huge Beatles fan. I’ve previously made him a Beatles pillow from a set of Beatles fat quarters I bought from keepsake quilting with him in mind. It’s a pretty trippy set of prints. I wanted to fussy cut the fabric for the coasters, but in some cases I couldn’t get the parts of the print I wanted because I’ve fussy cut it before, so I had to compromise a little bit. One side of the coasters is all from a psychedelic grey and white print featuring the faces of all the Beatles in bright colors. (Poor Ringo – I wasn’t able to get one of him.) The other side is black prints. I tried to quilt them in ways that highlighted the prints.
That’s it for coasters! I’ve got plenty more presents to post about, believe it or not!