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New Obsession: Coasters!

I have a new quilting obsession, well two new obsessions combined into one.  Coasters and paper piecing.

 For Christmas I made my sister a set of Kitty Coasters, cute little 4x4" blocks.  You can find the tutorial here.  I really liked how quick the project was, and the blocks are so small and adorable!  They make great gifts, they're nice to have around the house, and I'm hoping to make a bazzilion sets in order to get a jump on holiday gifts this year.

Kitty Coasters!

Kitty Coasters!

My other new obsession is paper piecing.  This is a technique I had been interested in for a while but was always a bit intimidated in trying.  And then I was forced to learn how to paper piece when one of the blocks used it in the 52 Week QAL with the Quilter's Planner.  OMG I can't believe I never tired it before! I think all of my projects might have to be pieced according to this method.  There is the potential for extra waste when paper piecing, but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case, and the results are amazing!  Accurate points, smooth curves, wonky shapes, and tiny pieces are all possible with paper piecing, your projects can make you look way more talented than you actually feel! (that's what happened for me at least)

Since I'm new to paper piecing I chose to use simple patterns.  There are tons of patterns floating around on Pinterest, here's my board for paper piecing patterns and ideas.  There are some patterns that I absolutely love, like Mariner's Compass, and I'm working my way up to making them.

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I've been making coasters in sets of 6, each coaster is 4x4".  They've been great to use up scraps.  A while ago I really splurged and bought several Cotton andSteele 50 fat quarter bundles from Craftsy when they were on super clearance.  (I may or may not have put them and several other hundreds of dollars of fabric on Handsomepant's credit card, and then I may or may not have received a frantic phone call from said husband telling me his credit card information had been stolen.  That was an awkward conversation.  Good thing he loves me, and I really was going to tell him at dinner that night!  P.S. if you value your marriage, learn from my lesson!)  

 So far I've just been making the tops of the coasters, I'm planning on dedicating a day to a marathon of quilting and binding these babies.  

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The yellow one reminds me of queso and chips for some reason.

The yellow one reminds me of queso and chips for some reason.

I'm trying to make each set a different pattern.  As you can see I need more practice with this sail boat pattern.  I think I'm going to redraft the pattern so bits of it are pieced separately and then sewn together.  I'm definitely going to have to do some more research on how to complete more advanced patterns. 

I am really excited with how easy and neat the pineapple blocks have turned out.  For the longest time I've had pillow covers on my quilting to-do list.  I've decided I'm going to use the pineapple block for them.  Now all that's left is to find some fabrics that match the couch.

Have you made any coasters? What about tips and tricks on paper piecing? Leave them in the comments below.

Happy Quilting!

- Rita