Hello friends! I’ve been traveling and adjusting to new summer schedules, so luckily for all of us, it’s perfect timing for another adorable guest post. This week the uber-talented Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis and Higgs is sharing a tutorial for a darling quilted Strawberry coaster. This little project is perfect for a quick summer project or an adorable hostess gift. I always am inspired by Nadra’s eye for detail, but at the same time shows us how simple this project is to put together!
Hi, it’s Nadra here from ellis & higgs and I am so excited to be here guest posting on Amy’s blog today! I design fabric collections for Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics, create quilt and sewing patterns which I sell in my Etsy Shop and I love teaching my passion!
Today I’ll be showing you how to make these cute little quilted strawberry coasters – it’s strawberry season here in Germany and I just love this time of the year! We’ve already spent lots of time on the fields of our local farm picking strawberries, and I just made a large batch of jam that will hopefully last until next year!
For the coasters I’ve used some sample yardage of my upcoming fabric line Mon Beau Jardin for Penny Rose Fabrics / Riley Blake Designs, which is due out in July. The red, pinks and greens in this line are just perfect for this project!
(1) 5″ print square (coaster top)
(1) 5″ print square (coaster bottom)
(1) 2 ½″ x 4 ½″ print rectangle (strawberry leaves)
(1) 5″ square single-sided fusible fleece
(1) 2″ ½ x 4 ½″ rectangle iron on adhesive
(1) 3″ piece satin ribbon
Quilting ruler, fabric scissors, all purpose scissors, disappearing fabric marker, pencil, edge shaper
(please keep in mind you may not be able to view or download to a phone or tablet)
Download the templates, print and cut them out. I recommend printing them on card stock for easy tracing.
- – 2. Place the bottom square with the wrong side on the coated side of the fusible fleece and iron on following the manufacturers instructions.
- Place the strawberry template on the wrong side of the top square and draw around it using the disappearing fabric marker.
- – 5. Layer both squares on top of each other, with right sides facing and stitch along the drawn line without leaving a turning hole. Backstitch when you start and stop to secure the seam.
- Next trim the excess fabric fairly close to the stitching line.
- – 8. Draw a ¾″ long line on the coaster top with your disappearing fabric marker, approx. ½″ from the top seam and carefully cut a slit into the fabric. Attention: make sure not to cut through the coaster bottom! You have now created the turning hole.
- Turn the coaster right side out, carefully push out the edges using the edge shaper and press.
- – 11. Quilt as desired. I quilted a 1″ grid to accent the shape of the strawberry.
- – 13. Place the leaves template on the paper side of the iron-on adhesive and trace around it using your pencil. Roughly cut out the traced piece. Lay the piece, adhesive side down, on the back of the leaves fabric and iron on, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out the piece on the lines and remove the backing paper.
14.- 15. Lay the leaves applique adhesive side down on the coaster as shown and slightly press to hold it in place. The turning hole should be completely covered by the applique piece. Fold the ribbon in half and insert it under the leaves applique with 1″ of the folded end sticking out. Iron on the applique following the manufacturer’s instructions. Sew around the raw edges using a straight stitch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial – thanks so much for stopping by!
My new fabric collection Mon Beau Jardin that I used in these coasters will ship to stores this July, you can ask for it at your local quilt shop!