My project ideas are often conceived in the most unexpected ways.
When Mr E and I were chatting over breakfast the other day he put his coffee mug down on my new table runner and when he lifted it again to take another sip there was a round imprint left behind.
Thankfully there was no coffee stain, just an impression from the shape of the mug.
But I wondered to myself, what if next time it does leave a stain?
Then and there my plans for the day changed from baking and writing patterns to sketching up ideas for a set of drink coasters and making some before the following day's breakfast.
I still had some Tilda 'Cottage' scraps plus a good length of the same vintage flour sack fabric I'd used for my table runner, so after deciding on the design I began to sew.
If you'd like to make some too, just follow along!
You will require:
Four, 1½" x 5" lengths of floral fabric
Four, 4" x 5" lengths of solid cream fabric
Four, 4½" squares of fusible Pellon
Four, 5½" inch squares of backing fabric
Four, 3/4" hexagons made from floral fabric
Perle #12 thread for hand quilting
1. Sew a length of the floral fabric down the side of a piece of cream fabric to make a 5" square. Press the seams open.
2. Fuse a 4½" square of Pellon to the centre back of the 5" square.
3. Lay the front of the coaster onto the right side of your 5½" square of backing fabric. Pin the pieces together.
4. Sew the front and back together by sewing right beside the edge of the Pellon. Leave a 2½" opening along one side for turning out.
6. Trim the excess backing fabric away.
7. Turn the coaster right side out, push out the corners and press flat.
8. Ladder stitch the opening closed.
9. Make your hexies.
10. Hand quilt with running stitch 1/4" in from the edge of the cream section with the Perle #12 thread.
11. Carefully blind stitch (applique stitch) the hexie to the centre of the cream section, being careful to only catch the fabric/Pellon at the front and not stitch through the back.
12. Hand quilt around the hexie.
Make another three, or four, or five...however many you need.
Tie them up with string and add a gift tag if you're making these as a present.
Or tie them up with string and pop in the centre of your table just because (like me) you think they look cute that way!
Now to state the obvious.
Yes, I've used the same cream flour sack to make the coasters as I used in my table runner, the one which has indents left behind when Mr E rests his coffee mug on it.
And yes, if I was concerned he would one day leave a coffee stained indent on my cream flour sack table runner he could do the same to these cream coasters.
So WHY did I use more cream flour sack for the coasters and not a nice print fabric that would cover a multitude of coffee mug rings should they be left behind?
I don't really know.
Well, actually I do, my heart loves flour sack.
So there I was sewing these cute coasters in a wonderfully blissful state of mind, admiring the hand stitched hexies, the pop of floral against cream, the gentle rhythm of hand quilting...but totally forgetting the reason I made the coasters in the first place, to hide stains and save my table runner.
I don't care, they were such a joy to make that we'll use them until such a time as I need to make more.
And then I'll enjoy the process again...but perhaps not use cream flour sack.
Have a beautiful day,