We finally figured out whose house we are going to for Thanksgiving, and now I need a hostess gift. Sure, I’ll take a bottle of wine, but because we’re going to go into NYC to see the BIG parade for the first time, I will be arriving at the family shindig late and sans hot dish.
What do people love more than stuffing (besides leftover stuffing)? A handmade gift! A handmade gift shows you cared enough to take the time to make something special—alas, I don’t have much time.
Thankfully, what I am lacking in time, I have made up for through genius inspiration. Enter this coaster project (pictured at left) from the new Fresh Quilting book by Malka Dubrawsky. I can’t decide what I like best about this book—the contemporary design, or the brilliant use of color.
Although all the projects in the book are well spelled out, I don’t quite have the time to whip up a set of fully quilted coasters. I do, however, have the time to be fully inspired by Malka’s bold use of color. Add a little iron-on vinyl (yes, there is such a thing!) and sharp pair of scissors, or better yet a rotary cutter and you too can have a set of colorful coasters that any hostess would love to have.
Here’s how I put them together:
9. To finish your coaster, cut another vinyl circle and iron it on to the back of the coaster following the directions in step 7.
Don’t have a selection of commercial fabrics? Consider using bits of old clothing, or fabric you’ve previously screen printed, dyed or painted. I can’t wait for my next gelatin printing session so I can make some new coasters for our next family gathering. I fear I may start getting invitations just for my coasters!