One set wasn’t enough, so here are some more scrappy CF coasters that I made recently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabric: Collection CF
Tutorials: Big Stitch Coaster Tutorial (here), Binding for Quilted Coasters video (here)
My favorite Hand Quilting tools.
What a great way to showcase your beautiful fabrics!
Thanks for sharing all these wonderful techniques and tutorials.
carolyn friedlander says
You are welcome! 🙂
Hi Carolyn! I love this project! I just made a set of 4 but they are curved (curve up like a bowl or down the opposite way). I just used fabric scraps and didn’t make bias tape…could that be why? Otherwise…any suggestions? Thank you!
carolyn friedlander says
Hi, Laura! Great question, and yes, cutting the tape on the bias will make a big difference because it allows for stretching around the curve. Without that stretch, it can be tight and want to curl up like you are describing. Hope that’s helpful!
Just saw this response…thank you so much! That must be it. Will try again. 🙂