You may or may not have noticed that my quilts tend to be on the low end of the quilting spectrum. That is to say that the actual quilting is a little sparse, or spread out, or both. And why is that? Because I am both impatient and lacking in upper body strength, qualities which are darn near requirements if you’re going to quilt on a regular old sewing machine.
That is, unless you’re making teeny tiny quilts, like these here Crooked Coasters:
Though I love a good coaster, I was pretty sure that we were full up on ’em around here, and didn’t plan on going the extra mile for this month’s :along.
Oh, but hang on! Let’s not forget the sore thumb sticking out on my bedside table, in the newly spruced (but yet to be decorated) master bedroom:
Yep. Withered up subscription postcard. That’s what passes for class in this place. And I actually had “coasters for master bedroom” on my ’09 project list, but I was almost embarassed to carve time out to whip some up. Why it seemed more ridiculous than the other fifty things I choose to waste my time on, I do not know, but there you go.
As it turned out, it was neither a waste of time (because these are super super easy and quick), nor of resources (look how nice and tiny they are!). Plus, the wavy quilting is kind of fun, and I really like the way it looks on such a small scale. Also, I loved squeezing out yet another project from the rapidly diminishing square of Forest fabric.
And, come on—doesn’t this look much better?
In fact, I loved it so much that I made some more for the living room:
You can’t tell, but the outer blocks are beautiful burgundy shot cotton, which I didn’t want to cut into but, hey, I decided to throw caution to the wind and spare the 5 1/2″ strip that this set required. Oh, I know how to live on the edge, I tell ya!
[By the way, I did modify the pattern slightly from the original by sizing them down about an inch and a half. Also, I sandwiched the batting in and sewed it to the top and bottom before turning it inside out. I just find it easier this way than trying to stuff it in and get it to lie straight, especially since I’m always too stingy with the space opening I allow for turning.]