Every coffee or tea drinker needs at least one of these.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner Coaster Size: 5" x 5", excluding handle •
• 11/2" x 7" strip each 5 orange prints
• 1 fat quarter turquoise solid
• 11" square cotton batting
• 8( 1/2") orange buttons
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Cutting From turquoise solid:
Cut 4 (11/2" x 51/2") bias strips for handles.
• Cut 4 (11/2" x 51/2") B rectangles.
• Cut 4 (31/2" x 51/2") A rectangles.
• Cut 4 (51/2") squares for backing.
Makes 4 coasters. Prepare a trimming template for the cup bottom using pattern given.
From cotton batting:
• Cut 4 (51/2") squares.
Completing the Coasters
1. Join the five orange print strips along the 7" sides to make a 51/2" x 7" pieced rectangle; press 2" seams open.
2. Subcut the pieced rectangle into four (11/2" x 51/2") C segments as shown in Figure 1.
3. To complete one coaster, sew A to one side and B to the other side of one C segment as shown in Figure 2; press seams open.
4. Trace the prepared template onto the A part of the A-B- C unit and trim as shown in Figure 3. Repeat with a backing square.
5. Fold one handle bias strip in half along length and press. Open up the strip and fold each side edge inward to the crease on the wrong side and press as shown in Figure 4.
6. Refold the strip in half along the length and topstitch close to each long edge to complete the handle as shown in Figure 5.
7. Referring to Figure 6, pin one end of the handle strip to the right-hand side of the A-B- C unit about 1/2" down from the top and pin the other end of strip 31/2" down from the top edge; stitch handle in place to secure and trim off extending ends. Note: The handle may bow upward, so use a steam iron to press the curve.
8. Layer one batting square, the prepared backing right side up and the cup front right side down; pin to secure.
9. Sew all around using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 21/2" opening at the top edge as shown in Figure 7.
10. Trim the batting close to the seam and trim the corners. Turn right side out through the opening. Fold in the seam allowance at the opening and slipstitch the folded edges together to close. Press, flipping handle out to lay flat.
11. Topstitch all around the coaster close to the edge, including handle.
12. Quilt as desired.
13. Add buttons as desired, referring to the Placement Diagram and photographs for positioning on samples.
14. Repeat steps 3–13 to make a total of four coasters.