Holy moly, where did this year go? I think we all know the answer and all have different takes on it. I, for one, am floored it is already December. I have some unfinished projects that have to be done before Christmas. I really wanted to do some more Christmas sewing…can you say Winter Tree-Land. But, I’m afraid I won’t get any more sewn this year. I’m going to be a busy bee these next few days and see how it goes.
I LOVE sewing for Christmas. I’ve done everything from aprons, to lap quilts (28 one year) to the KC Chiefs fleece blankets last year. (Oh, there was a Miami Dolphins one thrown in the mix! ) Will you be doing any last minute projects?
If you need a quick project be sure to checkout the Winter Tree-Land directions (still on aqsblog.com) The coasters/mug rugs are really simple. Two strips 2 1/2″ x WOF will get you 5 coasters. If you are willing to piece one of the backing triangles, you can get 10 triangle backings from a 7″ x WOF strip! Add a couple more strips and you have 10 coasters ready for presents. See the photos below for cutting 10 backing triangles for the TINY TREES.
- Leave the strip folded as it came off the bolt. Start with a half tree/triangle allowing 1/4″ seam allowance beyond the selvages.
- Cut along the edge of the tree.
3. Continue cutting the full trees/triangles down the strip using sewn tree and template.
4. For the final triangle, unfold and cut the single layer.
Sew the first two halves with 1/4″ seam. All 10 backing triangles are ready!!
#1 – Use up your fabric, even if you have to sew a seam. Quilters are thrifty, USE what you have! A seam in the middle of a backing is what would have been done in years gone by.
#2 – It is still early in December, start those last minute projects NOW!