Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Quilty Valentine's Day

There I go again, making up words-- "quilty" is not a word, nor are "piecey" or "thready" from my last post.   Maybe it's time to assemble The Quilter's Dictionary.

But I digress.

Anyway, this will be my first quilty Valentine's Day.  I've never done anything fabric-wise for this holiday.  To be honest, I've never felt it was a Big Deal Holiday, not like Christmas, which is a whole season that people decorate for, or even Thanksgiving, which has become something of a Decorating Season as well.  I give cards to my husband and son.  Maybe some flowers or candy for me from my husband.  That's about it.  No big deal.

But that was BTQV (Before The Quilting Violinist).  As it turns out, I'm doing 2 markets in the next couple of weeks:  Wiregrass again on Feb. 5 (I was there for the first time in early December) and (drumroll please) my own neighborhood market here in  Seminole Heights on the 13th. ( ).  You'll recall that I've had vendor approval at the Sunday Morning Market for several months but there hasn't been space until now.  Anyway, I'm excited about both these events.  And clearly,  some sort of Valentine-inspired project is in order.
I didn't want to do a Big Deal Project.  I'd rather have something fun and inexpensive, that folks can just buy for fun and enjoy on the 14th.  Something that I can produce quickly, and not take alot of time away from larger projects.
So this is what I came up with.  It's really more of a technique than a specific item.  It's the Sew First, Cut Second coaster.    

You're going to need fabric for the front and back, a piece of batting and some sort of template.  I'm using a plastic cookie cutter.  Or you can draw your own on a piece of cardboard or template plastic and use that.

You'll also need pinking shears and a few safety pins. And put the walking foot on your sewing machine.

I used a red Crayola Washable marker to trace around the hearts (that's why it's not too visible in the picture)--
make sure you leave at least 3/4" between your traced shapes

Place the bottom fabric right side down, then the batting, then the marked fabric right side up.  Put a safety pin through the heart centers to hold everything together.

Now sew around the hearts.

I was able to fit 4 hearts on this piece of fabric.

Use your pinking shears to cut out the hearts, giving each one a 1/8 to1/4" border around the stitched line.

If you like crisp edges,you can leave these just as they are.

I like the softer "shabby chic" finish you get when pinked edges are washed, so I put mine in a lingerie bag and tossed them in with our clothes.

I was originally going to make these as matching sets of 4, but then I decided just to sell them individually, more of a "mix and match" concept.

So forget paper valentine cards this year!  Save some trees and use up your fabric stash instead.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes easy projects are the best! So cute : )