Ultimate Summer Coaster

IMG_1313Here is a quick little english paper piecing project for the summer. Diane Gilleland of Crafty Pod has a free pattern on her website here. ┬áMy mom was hospitalized recently and is now in rehab. I visit her every evening and now look forward to the 1-1/2 hour round trip drive and running errands for her, because I know I will get an hour to sit and stitch. In Diane’s tutorial, she uses the Robert Kaufman Kona solid pre-cut hexies. I cut my own hexies with the Accuquilt Studio Die #50282. (I just checked IMG_1338Accuquilt’s website to give you a link and these are no longer listed-what is up with that Accuquilt?) I also used 1-1/2″ hexie papers (#HEX150L) from Paper Pieces. The reason I love this die, is that it leaves a 3/8″ seam allowance around the paper pieces. I think a 3/8″ seam allowance works better than a 1/4.” Yes, I could just clip around the paper shape and estimate 3/8,” but I would rather not have a fabric mess at the nursing home. I just want to be able to stitch, so I prepare my fabric at home. Paper Pieces also carries a template if you want to cut your hexies with a rotary cutter. It also leaves a 3/8″ seam allowance.

IMG_1331These coasters a approximately 6″ finished, a little larger than the coaster in Diane’s tutorial. You can just use the finished shape of the coaster to cut your batting insert.

I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. Please check out the other blogger’s WIP Wednesday posts and leave quilt love for them.

Happy Sewing!


6 thoughts on “Ultimate Summer Coaster

  1. Very cute! After seeing Linda’s …and now yours…this project is to be my trial run with EPP. I’ll refer to this blog when I’m ready to start. Thanks!

  2. So nicely done, Lora! I really like the colors you selected, and I’m just plain envious that you have an Accuquilt. I’m happy for you to have landed on something to work on while spending time with your mother. You’re a good daughter.

    1. I love my Accuquilt Studio. I actually have the Accucut (same machine, just branded differently for scrapbookers and paper crafters). At one time, you could get this machine on sale and it was less expensive than the Accuquilt. With time being such a scarce commodity, I have to use whatever tool I can find to make the process go faster. I get to listen to podcasts on the drive over and back and stitch while I am visiting. I try to make the most of a difficult situation. Hopefully she will get to go home soon.

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