Though I’m not the most experienced quilter (or sewer, for that matter!), I really enjoy creating things I can use to decorate my house or gift to the people I care about. Not only does the ability to give something that comes from my heart make me feel good, but seeing the improvements I make each time I pick up a needle and thread is icing on the cake! As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t use a sewing machine (for now, at least) when creating my projects- almost everything I have completed has been by hand.
Back in August, I made a hexie coaster that you can find here. I thought it was a great introduction to quilting for anyone wanting to begin the craft, especially for people with limited supplies. I found myself advancing in skill by creating that alone, and decided to try another small project that might give some inspiration to anyone who enjoys quilting, but can’t exactly quilt!
My newest coaster, or “mug rug,” was made without a pattern and very little instruction. I don’t think you need the straightest lines or the perfect seam allowance to create a fun project, and this is a good example of that! Many of my seams are exposed, and my first attempt at binding wasn’t as successful as I first pictured it would be, but for someone just starting out in the sewing world, a small coaster like this is awesome practice and leaves you with a quilty project that could last a lifetime.
It only took a little over a week to complete, and was so simple to piece together! I cut 2″ strips of fabric in every Quilter’s Candy color of the rainbow and sewed them together before adding the batting, backing, and hand-quilting the top (doesn’t that backing fabric fit perfectly?). I even got to try binding for the first time, and boy, was that an adventure! There is so much work put into even the smallest of projects, and whenever I sew, I gain more and more respect and appreciation for quilters of all ages and skill levels.
If you or someone you know is interested in quilting, I definitely recommend starting here. With the opportunity to learn many different skills in these “practice” projects, it will help you to become a better quilter for the future.