Saturday, July 16, 2011

Scrappy Saturday - 7/16/11

Scrappy Saturday - 7/16/11


This was a little scrappy experiment to see if I could use a coffee filter as a base/stabilizer for a Drunkard’s Path block –

I started with a little square in the middle of the coffee filter -
And some scrappy string/strips - 
And sewed a couple of rounds – log-cabin style – clockwise -


Then a couple of more rounds -


Turn it over to make sure I didn’t miss a spot -


Pin it to a square of muslin -
Right side down -
Stitch around it -


Trim it – 1/4" all around -


Tear off the coffee filter paper -
Make a slit in the muslin –
Turn it right side out -
Looks a little lumpy around the edges to me -


So I dig out my handy-dandy pinking shears -
Remember those?
These are so old – you can’t see in the photo – but the price sticker is still visible - $3.47 –
Yeah – those suckers are OLD!!
(And before you ask - yeah - they're right-handed - making them a real pain to have to use!)


Turn it back inside-out -
Pink the edges all around -


Turn it right side out – again -
Doesn't look as lumpy this time - much better - 
Pin the circle to a yellow background square (I LIKE YELLOW!)
And blanket stitch it all around - 


Then – because I thought I was being clever -
I drew a chalk line through the middle of the circle -
Horizontally and vertically - (a little crooked - 'cuz they didn't come out the SAME size!)


Then I basted (long stitch) - 1/4" to the left and the right of both lines -


I cut down the center – between the seam lines -
MAGIC!! –
I have 4 Drunkard’s Path blocks – all with the edges already basted –
Clever, huh?  Yeah, I thought so!


So I played with them a bit – re-arranging them this way and that -





I kinda like the circle – you know – just mixed up - for a little table topper –


So – I sewed them back together –
And pressed the seams open trying to reduce the bulk


Then pressed the other seam open


Nah – this sucker is REALLY thick in the middle -
My “clever” trick wasn’t so clever after all!!


So I cut both seams out


Then I trimmed out the excess layers


And layered all four with batting – for coasters


I tried the first one - "envelope" style


It came out way too small for a coaster -
See it next to the little bitty (3 oz.) candle –
So I quilted the other three - and pulled some strips out for binding



You can see the last one I made on the left -
Much bigger – huh?
The smaller one lost 1/2" in size because the seam allowances were on the “inside”


All done –
Four coasters – or “Mug Rugs” as they are now called –
Not exactly the same size –'cuz I didn't pay attention when I cut them -


But they are going to be scattered around my room -

So – it works for me!


Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew -

5 comments:

  1. I love the coasters.....and really enjoyed seeing the process it took to get there. Gotta love pinking shears....I have two pairs....The Missus gave me her mum's and I have another pair...both right handed.....The company that makes those lil instruments of torture for lefties will make a fortune! Hhhmmm...maybe we should start harrassing the manufacturers!

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  2. You are so very clever. I'm leaving now to go back to one of your earlier posts about using decorative stitches to bind. Please pray for me.

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  3. Now that is just genius! My pinking shears are so old they weigh a ton and don't work.

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  4. I really like those! What a great idea. And now to be perfectly honest, I'd never have thought to do drunkard's path using a round applique and cutting - you're so smart!!!

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  5. Thanks, everybody! I'm glad you like the idea of appliqueing a circle to a square and then cutting it into quarters to make four Drunkard's Path blocks. That trick has been around FOREVER! I have no idea who came up with it - but it wasn't me!

    My experiment was to see if a ROUND coffee filter could be used as a base for the CIRCLE applique part of the block.

    ^..^

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