Sunday, May 26, 2013

Got a spare hour?

Earlier today I found instructions for a coaster ... no applique, no embroidery, in fact, hardly no sewing! 
Last year I was gifted a similar coaster made of Christmas fabrics, but at the time must have been too busy to closely examine how it was made.  Today I found out ... just too simple.
In less than an hour I turned out four small, and one larger coaster; more than half that time was spent sorting fabrics into suitable colours.
If you have a spare moment and wish to make a small gift that can be popped in with a larger gift, then a coaster is exactly what you need.  Have I captured your attention?  Just Google 'folded coasters' and choose a pattern. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Odds and Ends

No big projects on the go at the moment ... only the medallion quilt that has a few months to run yet [I think, as it has suddenly struck me we have not been told how many borders we do]. 
I decided to take a photo of the fabrics in use as this quilt is growing out and upwards in all directions which means I hung it on the clothes line and the colours are not true ... too much sun?
The Friendship Star [outer border] gave some grief!!  The directions were for a 5" block.  I hunted the Internet for 5" blocks and trust me, they are few and far between!!  Another pathway needed investigating.  Several years ago a member of Our Craft Forum gave me a book [surplus to her requirements!! ... I was so lucky to be the recipient] that is full of blocks; just photos of 4" blocks, that can be enlarged as wanted.  There are no measurements.  One morning I measured the 4" block and gradually increased the measurements until the final result was a 5" Friendship Star.  I will not tell you how many small pieces of trial blocks ended up in my bin!
As well I have made more dishcloths as they are an easy relaxatiion when the brain is dead with all the maths required to alter a 4" block to a 5" block, and am now in the process of knitting little mittens for youngest grandchild.