Hey Everyone, welcome back to Stitch Along Sunday.
The last sunday in February has arrived and along with it the final instalment of this month’s Stitch Along. If you recall last week – week 3 – I wasn’t thrilled with my piece once I had added in the free motion quilting. In fact I was quite disappointed.
We are cutting up the square – maybe I’ll like it better.
Preparing the Piece
I squared off my piece to 9″ and then cut it into four squares which were 4 ½″.
Because I now had pieces of wool with unsecured ends that could fray I applied Fray Block to the loose ends to make sure they wouldn’t fray.
Ruth provided a PDF of shapes for us to choose from to create these coasters. There was a square, circle and heart. I decided to go with the square that had curved edges. This way I could use my cool tool from a couple of weeks ago – the Curved Corner Cutter.
Cutting the Corners
I placed the ruler on the square with the 1 ½″ curve at the corner.
Then using the rotary cutter I followed the curve and trimmed off the square edge.
Here it is with all 4 edges trimmed.
Binding the Coasters
I didn’t want to do a traditional binding and I wanted to stick to a more artsy feel to the coasters. I decided to use the satin stitch to bind the coasters. I also used this edging on the Wreath Quilt which I finished last week.
First round around the coaster with a variegated teal thread. Not quite enough coverage. The stitch width was set at 5.0 and the length at 0.10 to create a nice close satin stitch.
Second time around has good coverage and will keep everything in place. So with the satin stitch as the binding the coaster doesn’t exactly sit flat but rather has a rippled edge appearance which I like.
Now that these little coasters are made I quite like the outcome of this month’s stitch along.
It was fun and I am sure I will be making a few more of these coasters – a great little gift to give when a quick gift is needed. And they can be made in any colour.
This has also given me ideas for Mug Rug Monday.