Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hexies Coasters

English Paper Piecing is a technique I really love. Given that I also love foundation paper piecing, it appears that I have a liking for really precise looking patchwork ... but without having to have the ability to sew really precisely. I recently picked up All Points Patchwork, which is a great and inspirational book for EPP, and decided to make some basic hexagon coasters.

I was able to cut all the necessary 7/8" hexagons using the cutting machine. We have a Silhouette Cameo, which has really come in handy for EPP. I prefer to use cardstock, as it both has enough body so that folding it would be easy, but not so much body that basting through it is difficult. Plus, it pops out great and is reusable a few times.

I didn't want to bother putting a proper binding on, so I cut a piece of batting a little smaller than the finished coaster, and backed it with a piece of craft felt, and then I secured with a topstitch along the edges, cut the excess felt, and added some surface quilting for fun.

Do I love the way it turned out? Yes. Do I dare throw it in the wash? No way.

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