Monday, November 29, 2010

Coaster with Christmas tree tutorial

English paper pieced hexagons are good for relaxing after a duty day.
I have never worked with such small pieces.
 ½ inch! It was a challenge. I thought it is impossible and tried. See the result. I think it happened.

You can find it in my Etsy shop in Christmas section.
For people that like to discover new opportunities I made a tutorial – step by step.
1.Cut the pieces of fabric. You can use any because of small sizes. There is no need to cut perfect hexagon shapes.  You need 11 pieces – I choose different colors green,1 brown for the trunk and 1 red for the star on the top of the tree.

2.Stitch the paper hexagon according English paper piecing technique.

3.Arrange on the table in desired order.
4.Take 2 contiguous and stitch right side together with matching thread.

 5.Repeat with all of the pieces and iron.


 6.Cut the threads and remove the paper pieces from back side. The size of Christmas tree is only 3 inches.
 


7.Cut 3 rectangle pieces of fabrics for the front and back, and one piece of batting. Mine are approx. 7x9 inches. Quilt free motion.
8.Baste the tree to the quilt.
9.Stitch with hidden stitches the tree.

10.Trim to desired size.

11.Cut a stripe 1 ¼ inch for the binding. I have choosen here 2 colors because it seems too dark with green only.
12.Handstitch on the back side.

If you want add some snowflakes round the tree.

You are ready. You have a perfect coaster. You can hang it on the wall – simply add a safety pin on the back.
Was if difficult?

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