We have had and continue to have family in the military. My father-in-law, Frank Briese, and my dad, Walney Wallace, both served in the Air Force during World War II. I now have two nephews serving in the military, one in the Navy and one in the Army. I am very proud of both.
SewCalGal, a friend of mine, is hosting a Christmas Party for Quilters on December 9th (Sunday-today) with sponsored prizes! This party will take on two forms: A virtual party and a physical party in San Diego. I am, of course, participating in the virtual party :^) There are loads of prizes you can win and the cause is heart-warming. Support our injured troops who have come home and their families. Times are so tough for them, and they have given much. This is one way to give back.
So head on over to SewCalGal's to learn more after you've learned how to make a quilt coaster for yourself or for family and friends!!
And, if you'd like to learn more about Operation Homefront, please click here and you will find more information!!
So for my contribution, in addition to donating money, I am posting a simple tutorial on home-made coasters. Mine are holiday coasters, but you can use any fabrics you choose. Making them to go with the decor or personality of the receiver would be awesome!!! They make a wonderful gift for family, friends, or for yourself!!
Everyone drinks something, and having a sweet little coaster, that is washable, to put that cup/mug on to protect surfaces is a wonderful thing!! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays :^)
You will need for one coaster:
6- 5 inch squares-3 of one print and 3 of another
1- 5 inch square of batting
The directions will be a series of photos! I learn best when I can read and see the instructions-so here we go.
|Assemble your 6 5" squares and batting|
|Fold 2 squares of each of your chosen colors in half on the diagonal and press.|
|Ready to assemble.|
|Place color one right side down (wrong side up)|
|Place batting on top.|
|Layer color two with wrong side down (right side up) on top of batting.|
|Continue layering starting with a color one-half triangle-placing the fold in the center- 90 degree corner in upper right corner, line up the edges.|
|Add color two half square triangle-placing folded edge in center- 90 degree corner in bottom right corner.|
|Add another color-one half square triangle-fold in center-90 degree corner in bottom left corner.|
|Add the last color-two half square triangle-fold in center-90 degree corner in the upper left corner.|
|Pin the right edge, bottom edge, and left edge.|
|Fold back the right corner of the last half-square triangle to reveal half of the bottom color-one triangle.|
|Fold back the bottom, color-one, half-square triangle.|
|Un-fold color-two, half-square triangle, laying it back down in place.|
|Lay the bottom, color-one, half-square triangle over color-two. Your layered coaster should look similar to this. Pin the top edge.|
|Your layers, all ready to sew!!|
|Sew a 1/4" seam all the way around. I am using a regular foot on my machine, but a walking foot would make this a lot easier as you are going through many layers!!!|
|Seams sewn and corners clipped!|
|Be careful not to clip the sewn corners completely off-spoken with experience!!|
|Reach inside and turn the coaster right sides out.|
|Ta-Da!!! Work the corners and edges out.|
|OK, now the real Ta-Da!!!! Done :^)|
|Several ready for gift giving!!!|
|Or for me|
|to use while I am sewing!!!|
Take Care everyone, Happy Quilting, and keep those scissors sharp!! Martha