Saturday, February 22, 2014

FEBRUARY'S HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE

I found something on the Moda Bake Shop that I thought might make a good gift for some people I know that drink wine.  Of course you don't have to be drinking wine, but you do have to use a goblet type glass in order to use these.  These are honeycomb wine coasters and you can find the recipe here.  
This is a great site to go to for ideas!  All the directions are there to make these wine coasters.  I made a set of six and each one is different so people (hopefully) can remember which glass is theirs.  If identification isn't a problem, they could all be made the same to match the tablecloth or decor.  It didn't take long to make them - it would have been faster if I didn't have to unsew some of them.


black and white

blues go well with my crystal

The other four coasters

See the top left one?  It shows the iron-on vinyl that is on the bottom of each
Actually, I don't really think you would need the iron-on vinyl.

Last night I finished one more block for my Dear Jane quilt.  I hand pieced this one to see if I could manage the tiny pieces.  I'm kind of amazed that it came out as good as it did.   I haven't decided yet if I will hand piece many more of them, but wanted to see how it went.  I rather enjoyed doing it while watching TV.  The block is 5" square unfinished.

A-3

 Here's another one that I'm prepping to hand piece.  It is A-5.  Maybe if I get my process perfected I will do more this way.  I'm sure I will use the paper piecing method as well.  It is probably faster, so I may well opt for that method as I think most people do.

A-5

Here's what A-5 looks like.  I had my book spiral bound so it would be easier to make copies of the diagrams.



I made this block for my guild.  There are 12 people to a group and we make one block per month.  At the end of the year, there will be 12 sets of 12 blocks and each person who participated will get a set.  Each month it is a different block and color.  It's easy to do and I will receive 12 blocks in December to put together!


I plan to finish the 9-patch pinwheel blocks for the anniversary quilt today and next will be the sashing and trying to figure out how to put it all together.  I still will need more pinwheels too.

It's another beautiful day here in Texas!  I hope you enjoy your weekend.

11 comments:

Beth said...

lovethe wine glass 'cozy'. The shape is great. I will have to go check out the pattern.
Great DJ block too.
Happy stitching.

canuckquilter said...

You're keeping up with the Christmas challenge very handily. Your hand pieced Dear Jane block and you guild block look perfect. Learning to hand piece is on my "to do" list. Can you share any tips?

Janet O. said...

I just recently saw the coaster pattern on Moda's site. Very clever.
Your Dear Jane block is wonderful! Nice job!!

Lesley said...

You have some great coasters and blocks!

Marsha said...

The coasters are such a good idea and I love the fabrics you used. They are practical and pretty! The little DJ block is so cute and you did a nice job hand piecing it. The second one is going to be pretty, too. I love, love, love the fabrics in the guild block. Sounds like a fun way to build a quilt! Enjoy!

---"Love" said...

The cozy is really a cute idea; I see them with permanent ink signatures on a solid section, and kept year to year for an annual party list, such as I have. I'll have to think about that one! You must have an extra dose of patience to make all those little blocks with so many pieces! They are really pretty. ---"Love"

---"Love" said...

Meant to say also that I love the tatted doilies --- gorgeous! Love your crystal too; you know glass is one of my weaknesses, don't you? ---"Love"

Barb said...

cute coasters - look fun and easy to make.

Elaine Adair said...

Thanks for a nice visit with you and all your projects -- I made it all the way to the Row Seasons Quilt. What fun to see your set-up and your/my machine and your space.

With a new computer and family demands, I feel I have fallen off the earth! Sure miss my times yakking and appreciating all the quilts and quilters. But I'm going to catch up!

Lori said...

The wine coasters are really cute. Nice work on the DJ block!

Beth said...

Never thought of a wine cozy. I am getting such great ideas for gifts!! Thank you for the inspiration.