Happy Valentines Day!
Today I thought I would make something festive to share with you. I decided on a set of two valentines themed coasters. This is the design I came up with.
For this project you will need:
(8) 2″ Neutral Squares
(4) 2 1/2″ Neutral Squares
(2) 4 1/2″ Square backing fabric
(2) 4 1/2″ Batting Squares
(2) 5″ Square Foundation Papers
Lets get started.
Begin by placing two strings right-sides-together across a foundation paper. Stitch together with a scant 1/4″ seam.
Continue adding strings to each side, pressing open as you go. Cover both foundation papers with strings. Once the papers are covered, use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim away the excess fabric.
Next, cut the foundation pieced units in half. Cut one with the strips horizontal, and one with the strips vertical.
Next arrange the half-blocks so that you have a vertical and horizontal piece together.
Lay a 2″ neutral square right sides together with the inside, upper corner of the half-string units. Stitch a diagonal line across the square. Make sure that you stitch the squares on in a mirror image. You can draw a diagonal line on the neutral squares if you want, I just eyeballed it.
Trim 1/4″ on the outside of the seam and press open. Next, place a 2″ neutral square on the outside upper corner of the half-string units. Stitch a diagonal line across the 2″ square. Trim 1/4″ on the outside of the seam and press open.
Next, place a 2 1/2″ neutral square on the bottom of the string unit. Stitch diagonally from the outside to the inside corner.
Trim 1/4″ on the outside of the seam line and press open.
Lay the half-blocks right sides together and stitch them together. Press open.
At this point your block is approximately 4 1/2″x5″. Trip the top of the block to 1/4″ away from the top points of the heart.
Lay the block right sides together with the 4 1/2″ square backing fabric. Place a piece of batting on top.
Stitch a 1/4″ seam around the block, leaving an opening at the top.
Turn the block right sides out and pin the opening closed, with the seam allowance turned in.
Top stitch 1/8″ around the edge of the block to secure the opening and quilt the block together.
You can add additional quilting if you wish, I used diagonal lines, using the open toe foot as a guide.
These make cute coasters, but would also work great as blocks in an actual quilt.