MAKE Quilted Heart Coasters

#minimake Darling Fabric Heart Coasters

Via @30daysblog

Having a baby came as a BIG shock to the system. During the first three or four months there were times I wondered whether I would ever get any “me time” ever again. We are (sort of) settled into a routine now and although there is way less of it, you do become cannier in how you use those precious pockets of quiet and calm. When you are not flat-out exhausted, that is.

Coasters are the ultimate mini-quilts, I think. I came across these cutesy fabric heart coasters on Pinterest and I had to give them a try. The chance to learn a new technique too? Sold. I made a set of four in about three hours (split across two evenings, natch).

Fiddly bits: The inverse applique method was tricky at first, maybe because I used muslin and it’s a little flimsier to work with? Clipping and notching the curves was a pain and took what seemed like ages, but my enormous rusty pinking sheers were just too clumsy and inaccurate; this part would probably be easier with smaller fabric scissors.

The raw materials
What will be the front of the coaster
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Turning the top layer inside-out – fiddly!
All the layers pinned together

Tips for success:

1. Always PRESS fabric. Ironing can distort the shape.

2. Stick with recommended seam allowances. My first coaster ended up with scrappy bits sticking out because I DIDN’T LISTEN and used ¼” instead of ½’. Ditto cutting your fabric at the beginning – even a millimetre or two can make a big difference to the final outcome, particularly when you’re working on smaller pieces like this. I ended up with one coaster a good bit larger than the others, grr!

3. Go slow when sewing curves. Particularly if, like me, you’re used to sewing in a straight line.

4. When turning one layer of fabric inside out, match the corners and pin together to ease the pressing step; mine kept popping back before I had a chance to press.

Worth Making? Absolutely! They look really professional (if you don’t look too closely at my shoddy hand-stitching, ha). I would love to try and upscale, perhaps shooting for a cushion cover or table runner using the technique the next time. It might be fun to experiment with different shapes too.

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