Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tutorial: Pieced Centre String Block Coasters!

I came up with this fun little tutorial as a way to use blocks made from my earlier tutorial (Pieced Centre String Quilt Blocks) in a small and colourful project! It was mentioned to me by a few people that they were going to try making blocks based on my tutorial, and I thought it would be great to share a project that didn't require you to make enough blocks for a whole quilt (which is what I'm doing right now and let me tell you - it is time consuming)!

Enter the Pieced Centre String Block Coaster!

Are you ready to get started? Woohoo!

Okay, so to start: in order to make the coaster top (i.e. the string block) you will need to follow my earlier tutorial but with a few modifications. Here are the modifications - you will start with a 5" square paper piece (instead of 6.5"), the pieces for the centre strip will have a width of 1.5" (instead of 2") and your finished centre strip will end up measuring about 7.5" (instead of 9.5"). Are you still with me? Everything else stays the same, but the modifications mean that you won't end up with a trivet sized coaster, teehee!

This is what the block should look like. Be sure to give it a nice press (iron) before you continue so that it lies as flat as possible.

Cut a piece of fabric for that back of the coaster  that is 5" square, and a piece of batting for the middle that is 4 3/8" square.

Place your string block and backing fabric right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam around three edges.

Clip your corners, turn right side out and press.

Insert your batting in the middle either above or below the seams so that it lies flat. Press again.

Turn the open edges in 1/4" and press. Starting along that edge, topstitch 1/8" from edge all the way around. Continue quilting as desired. I did another line of stitching all the way around 1/4" from the first line, and then stitched in the ditch along both sides of the pieced centre string.

Back side:

(Sorry about the slight wonkiness in the 1/8" topstiching - my machine was just not into it today).

So what do ya think? I hope you guys like it and that it will inspire your to try out my earlier tutorial without the dread of a full sized quilt hanging over you, teehee! And again, I'd love to see pictures if you make something using any of my tutorials!


  1. I love little projects like this to make good use of precious scraps of favorite fabrics! Nice tute!

  2. love it. so easy. thanks for sharing. pretty fabrics.

  3. Very cute! I will definitely have to make a few of these. I wouldn't have to worry about something getting broken if the kids got a hold of them and decide to throw them around.

    What kind of batting did you use?

  4. Hi Heather!

    Thanks so much! I just grabbed some scraps of batting that I had, but I'm pretty sure it was warm and white.

  5. d a r l i n g!!! i just love making fun coasters!! ;)

  6. So cute, Kaye! I'm going to make one for my desk at work to keep my Diet Coke company.

  7. I just had an idea. Since I'm selvage obsessed, and sometimes end up with really cute but tiny snippets of selvages, like 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, I could sew them together for the center string and then make a pincushion. Thanks for the great idea, Kaye!

  8. I am definitely going to try this! Super cute!

    Also, I have those baking cups that you show in the first photo!

  9. Great tutorial! Looks like it will be a nice project to use up scrappy fabrics :)

  10. Hi Kaye!

    I've been quilting some potholders the last two days and wanted to try something new--your coaster idea is perfect. Thank you very much for sharing! I will send you an email with some photos of the finished piece. :)


  11. adorable! i was totally looking for a cute coaster tutorial a while back...i may redo the ones i did and make some like yours :) they are cute.

  12. it is really cute! I may have to give these a try.....

  13. Those are totally cute, and a great way to use up scraps. Thanks for sharing!

    - Made by Colleen

  14. I have been wanting to make some quilted coasters and a friend of mine sent me your link. Thanks for the directions.

  15. :) :) :) I love it. I can use some of my Christmas scraps and make them for gifts. Thanks for a great idea.

  16. Thank you for the very cute and useful pattern!

  17. This is perfect, thankyou. I am making table top quilts with coasters to either match or coordinate. It's a fun project, quick, can use my scraps, and best of all......handmade. This is a beautiful coaster.