February 17 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Coasters
Holiday Coaster Sets by Camille, Set Carré

Camille made a huge stack of coasters for the holidays. Show off your favorite fabrics with a layer of thin batting sandwiched inside. Coasters are easy, useful and one more way to practice your quilting skills.

Other coasters we love (if you want to do appliqué on coasters, don’t forget about this good resource). For related tutorials try here, here and here.

Share your coasters link in the comments below, or point us all to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Pink!

Add pictures of your fat quarter projects to our Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool. Share your stash photos in our Fabric Stash & Storage pool.

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142 Responses to February 17 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. michelle l says:

    These look great i’m a newbie so can’t wait to try these
    thanks

  2. Useful information there

  3. Danielle D says:

    this is a great idea. i love the third print from the bottom in each color–the one that looks like little loops or teardrops. what is that?

  4. Jennifer Weber says:

    hi – love this but I am a newbie! can someone point me to a tuturial for these? thanks!!

  5. sm00bs says:

    I need all the practice I can get! Now if I could just find someone to do all my cuts for me, I’d be all set! ;)

  6. moiraeknittoo says:

    Ooohh, this sounds like a great beginner project! I will definitely need to look into this.

  7. Ruth Tunick says:

    I’ve been trying to come up with a cute yet quick gift for a friend’s birthday – I think the coasters will do the trick. Then maybe I can make some for myself!
    Ruth

  8. Stephanie B says:

    I really wanted to make some coasters and those seem like they wouldn’t take long. Plus I got a bunch of FQs of that fabric before Christmas and didn’t have time to use them. Maybe if I start now I’ll get them done in time this year.

  9. Heather B says:

    I keep saying I’m going to make some coasters – and the picture above makes me think how they would be a great gift!

  10. susan says:

    such a simple idea — but the great ones always are! thanks for sharing!

  11. Ruthie says:

    Oh….pink, I love pink as I have a new granddaughter, you know! I love the coaster patterns!

  12. adrienne says:

    Perfect for seasonal decorations, yet functionnal and wonderful! =]

  13. Lindsay says:

    These are fun:
    http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html

    If you use 4 FQs you get about a dozen coasters. And they’re quick to whip up. Oh, and like magic.

  14. Marnie says:

    Beautiful colors and what a great idea! Thanks!

  15. Andrea says:

    Thanks for reminding me of this quick project…what a great way to use up some of my stash!

  16. Melody says:

    Those are so pretty! I need some new coasters… thanks for the tutorials :)

  17. Shauna says:

    I love coasters, they are fast to complete, and a fun gift.

  18. Debbie S says:

    WoW!!! What a cool idea you have all great ideas anyone heard of the fabric swap game Right, Left, Center and how do you play it? it involves charm packs or FQs I think

  19. Valerie says:

    I love these! Look at all the pretty fabric…

  20. MICHELE M says:

    LOVE COASTERS—NEED TO GO MAKE SOME…..

  21. amanda says:

    I love those coasters. I made some coasters before but they weren’t as nice as those ones lol
    Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials ! =)

    asherah

  22. Bethany says:

    Great coasters! This actually on my list of things to do…just have to find the right fabric!

  23. Joy says:

    Pink Hooray!

  24. JenniMac says:

    Great idea!!

  25. alison says:

    Love making coasters from FQ sets. Make a great gift!
    Tried to add some photos to the pool but am technically inept! Try looking here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deargreenplace/3290866750/in/photostream/

  26. Heather Groves says:

    Oh all these coasters are great! And I love the idea of making matching napkins. Also I have seen a design for a picnic placemat that gets rolled up with slots for silverware that I think would also be cute with them. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  27. Edith says:

    I definitely need to do these!

  28. Nichole says:

    Love the coasters in a collection of fabric like this. Fun! Thanks for the great ideas this month. My head is swimming with plans for sewing.

  29. Sunny says:

    Now if I could just get people to use the coasters! :)

  30. Laurie says:

    great idea! perfect to have as last minute hostess gifts. I like to have things on hand so that I don’t have to run out and buy something at the last minute……

  31. Ellen B says:

    Coasters are great for learning to machine quilt and they are an instant(almost) gratification project…

  32. Kelli says:

    I’ve been thinking about making coasters (for free-motion practice) and with the chance to win pink fat quarters…Yea!

  33. Amy says:

    Now I will be adding coasters to my list of things to do.

  34. Nichole says:

    what great ideas and beautiful fabrics !

  35. Sara says:

    May be my project for my fat quarters swap bounty….

  36. Pam says:

    I love these ideas. I made a set of 8 Criss-Cross Coasters for a friend at Christmas and received rave reviews. Love the other links.

  37. trish loesch says:

    I love this idea. I belong to a stitcher’s group (we knit, stitch, quilt, etc.). We decided to either make homemade gifts for each other or purchase homemade. This project is very manageable. I love it. Sometimes it can be overwhelming making gifts for people. This is PERFECT!!! I am going to start gathering my fabric now. Thanks for all the great ideas you present.

  38. Regina says:

    I’ve been on a criss-cross coaster kick, but I love how some of the others really show off the fabric – and use less – to really stretch those treasures and bits. Thanks!

  39. christine says:

    thanks for the idea. maybe I can get my kids to use coasters now!

  40. Jessica says:

    Awesome idea! I really love the bottom row of fabric in that photo.

  41. Jodie says:

    These coasters are so inspiring! I am going to start some for presents for my girlfriend gifts
    this year. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Suzanne says:

    I love the holiday coasters! FQ coasters would be awesome gifts.

  43. mikawendy says:

    Coasters are a lot of fun to make. I like making them with fusible fleece batting–I fuse the fleece to the wrong side of one piece of the coaster, sew all 3 layers, and turn.

  44. Lisa says:

    cute!

  45. natasha B says:

    Yay I love this blog, Gets me want to buy a tonne of material and make a million things :-)

  46. Kate M. says:

    I made the criss-cross coaster from Allsorts for Christmas gifts and they were a big hit. Bonus– they are about the most fun project EVER to turn right-side-out when you’re done sewing.

  47. Kiddlebug says:

    Great idea! I’ll have to try it. Thanks!

  48. Amorette says:

    love that coasters are coming back. wish it was warm enough to need them for sweaty glasses!

  49. CCherry says:

    I have need of a few housewarming gifts in the next few months. I think they will be getting fun coasters.

  50. wendy says:

    Awesome tutes! Coasters are so great!!!

  51. onerobinroad says:

    very cute fabrics. what a great way to use up small pieces of fabric.

  52. Sandy says:

    Love this idea! Will be making some this weekend, I really need them!
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorials!

  53. Denise says:

    Sew many cute ideas. Just not enough time in my day.

  54. suzi says:

    Love the fabric used for those!!!!

  55. Ghi says:

    How pretty – and it’s so hard to find fabric coasters in stores…

  56. Barbie says:

    I love this blog. I check it daily and now I have a long list of “things to do”. I don’t even know where to start and now I will add the coasters to the list.

  57. Helena says:

    Awesome

  58. Christy says:

    What a great post – I love this! Will definitely be adding it to the Mother’s Day baskets this year.

  59. Donna Ehle says:

    Okay now you got me thinking of doing some coasters.

    With the great fat quarters out there, you can really make some great summer coasters – that is if summer comes (we are expecting snow AGAIN).

  60. Stacy says:

    Great idea! I need to make some coasters for our nightstands.

  61. julia says:

    coasters! what a great quick,useful and satisrying project!!

  62. Julia in MI says:

    I love this project idea. I need these around my house.

  63. Stacey says:

    Those are too cute! Thanks!

  64. Bree says:

    coasters are great, so easy
    and make great gifts whether for birthdays, christmas or house warming

  65. Martha says:

    YOU INSPIRE ME! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

  66. Hannah says:

    I can see a lot of coasters wrapped up under my Christmas tree next year!

  67. Martha says:

    I am in awe of Camille’s large stack of holiday coasters. It’s very inspiring.

  68. Emily S says:

    Very cute – would make a great gift!

  69. Barb says:

    Wow, I really like these coasters. They would be perfect presents…and a good use for FQ’s.

  70. Julie says:

    Love the coasters. Sounds like a fun project.

  71. Harley says:

    I made coasters for Christmas and they were a big hit!

  72. Kathy says:

    Oh yeah! So satisfying and useful!

  73. I’m loving your fat quarter series. And these coasters especially! Thanks for the great ideas.

  74. Clara says:

    These are such cute coasters.

  75. Dominika says:

    They’re wonderful! I love them!

  76. Bette M. says:

    I have quite the stash of fat quarters, that I’ve bought “just for fun”. None of which, would match to put together in one project. But…coasters….something to think about. Especially since I seem to have a hole in my bottom lip and I’m forever dripping coffee from the side of my coffee mug in the morning.

  77. SetCarre says:

    Thank you Sew Mama Sew! for featuring me on your blog! Thank you all for your great comments :)

  78. Alisa says:

    Such a simple thing to make, and yet I’ve never made any! :-)

  79. Vicki says:

    Those coasters are awesome!

  80. amy says:

    Those are so adorable! And they won’t get broken! My stone ones are cracked up! Kind of like everyone else around here!

  81. Kate B. says:

    Oh, I love the gradation of colors!

  82. Amanda says:

    I’ve seen many cool looking coasters. I’ll have to try them out.

  83. AnEmily says:

    Love these coasters!

  84. Jessica says:

    Lovely!

  85. Liz says:

    I love the appliqued and the criss-crossed coasters. Every day you guys send out more great ideas and my list of different things I want to tackle grows longer, but I can’t wait to get started on all of them.

  86. Cherie says:

    I always enjoy all the resources you include with an article like this. Thanks!

  87. Kaye says:

    I have been thinking about making some coasters. These great tutorials are just what I need to spur me on. Thanks for all the great sharing.

  88. Kim says:

    This is excellent! I love the idea of making seasonal coasters…decorating for the season without going overboard!

  89. Jane says:

    Love the coasters… and the ‘fabric stash and storage’ photo pool and comments have been helpful AND inspiring…in the photos, I love seeing fabric I have, too! Thanks.

  90. Malea says:

    Rather ingenious idea, I esp. like the round ones. . .

  91. Bunny says:

    Very nice!

  92. Tammy :) says:

    I love seeing things organized, especially by color, so I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the cover picture for today’s post!

  93. Kara says:

    These are so cute! They would make a great gift.

  94. Jodie says:

    I want a fat quarter pack. :)

  95. Baba says:

    I love the fabric coasters and plan to make some for the Stone House. I think they will fit right in.

  96. Sonya says:

    Such a pretty color palette!
    beautiful!
    ~

  97. Sabra says:

    Great ideas. Thanks so much.

  98. Vanessa Byers says:

    Coasters are so much fun to make and are an easy gift to throw together in no time! Thanks.

  99. Deb says:

    I love the coasters. This has been a great month of fat quarter projects.

  100. Deb G. says:

    I really like the tips from Nancy in her blog . She has some great tips for upping production so you can make a lot of these beautiful coasters much quicker!

  101. Lola Jo says:

    Very cute, and a great use of stash fabric!

  102. Mary Ann M says:

    What great variety– I love them all.

  103. Toby says:

    fab idea to go with the napkins!

  104. Kim says:

    what a great, fun idea!!

  105. Sarah says:

    What a beautiful set of coasters! Where do you find this beautiful fabric? Love it!

  106. Betsy M says:

    Wow, that is allot of coasters! What a great gift that would be to get!

  107. Those coasters are so cute!

  108. Shawna says:

    Does it make it likely for the glass to tip over if there is stuffing in there? I know it is just a little bit, but it still looks a bit poofy. I thought that some of them that were more quilted looked a little flatter. They are a neat idea, and I might make some as part of a belated wedding present for a friend.

  109. alisha says:

    When I first learned to sew (a little over a year ago), I made coasters for just about everyone on my Christmas list. It’s so satisfying to be able to complete a project in such a short amount of time. :)

    Here’s a link to a coaster I made for a swap a while back. The fabric reminded me of cathedral window quilts, so I added a bit (maybe too a bit too much!) of quilting.

    http://flickr.com/photos/9541469@N05/2232334623

  110. Marlana says:

    Always such fun and useful projects! Love your blog, xoxo

  111. Jaime says:

    Coasters are fun! Instead of batting I slid a square of Peltex in mine, then closed it up.
    here are my crazy quilt coasters:
    http://myloosethreads.blogspot.com/2008/08/fabric-crazy-quilt-coasters.html

  112. Kandie says:

    I came across the criss-cross coaster tutorial from Allsorts last Thanksgiving, and from then through Christmas made coasters non-stop for everyone I knew. I had more fun asking friends and relatives for 3 colors in their kitchens or living rooms, and then browsing through stacks of fat quarters at my favorite sewing spots. I was thrilled to see that pattern as one of your favorites!

  113. lesley says:

    these look so pretty all stacked together in a little rainbow! wonderful.

  114. Danielle says:

    so sweet! Love those fabrics!

  115. Rita Engard says:

    These coasters are such a cute gift idea and what a great way to have some quality time with my stash.

  116. Leah says:

    I love coasters! I gave them as gifts this Christmas, and may have to do it again this year, just with different fabric:-) It is a great way to use and dispaly your favorite fat quarters!

  117. Sarah Lee says:

    Love these! So cute!

  118. Megan says:

    Very cute

  119. JaneR says:

    That ‘tower’ of coasters is incredible! I like to use a coaster in the bathroom under my husband’s shaving creme can..now I can do one in sweet fabrics. Thank you for showing us the world of coasters today!

  120. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Yup….time to pick out the prettiest prints and make me some coasters. Lots of great ideas here.

  121. Rachel H. says:

    What a fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing. I just came across your blog and love it!!Z

  122. These coasters are so adorable! And what a great way to add more to your home for any holiday! I love them!

  123. Grace says:

    I love all these cute, simple ideas!

  124. Mary says:

    I’ve actually been meaning to make a bunch of coasters as gifts. Great tips!

  125. Mary says:

    I made one Criss-Cross coaster when I first started sewing in Oct, just to practice using my machine. Lately I have been thinking I should make a whole set.

  126. Robyn says:

    What a terrific idea for a way to use up Christmas prints! how did I end up with so many after the season passed! Those darn sale racks!!!

  127. Andrea says:

    I just got my at quarters 8 pack in this weekend! I am so excited to make a wallet. useing this tutorial.
    http://darnkat.wordpress.com/quilted-fabric-wallet-tutorial/

  128. Karen O says:

    I’m really enjoying your fat quarter series and look forward to each new day’s entry.
    Karen

  129. Martha says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to look at some of these tutorials on using the fat quarters to make coasters. The dogs ate my last set of coasters which were not quilted, but, this time, I plan to make some really cool ones using some fat quarters! While I’m not a quilter as a rule, I can handle the small projects! THANKS!

  130. Katie says:

    Coasters are definitely a classic fat quarter project. These ones shown are super cute!

  131. I really like looking at that stack of coasters. The fabric’s are wonderful. Who wouldn’t like to receive a gift so pretty.

  132. jodie says:

    Coasters are one of my faorite projects!

  133. Anya T. says:

    The coasters look great!

  134. Dani says:

    I love fat quarters so much! I have been thinking about making some coasters but haven’t done any yet. I just may have to now! =^..^=

  135. becky says:

    I love coasters! These small projects have been on my list for ages. Now that the holidays are over it is a great time to start on quickie birthday gifts for the year. I’m off …

  136. shannon says:

    Fabulous idea…I love it!

  137. Shellyfish says:

    Coasters? Now this sounds like a great beginning quilty project for me!

  138. Tammy says:

    Those coasters are so pretty!

  139. Heidi says:

    This is a great idea. I’ve been meaning to make some coasters for some time now. I’m going to right now! It amazes me how many tips & tutorials you ladies find/share, there’s always something new here, and that’s awesome!!

  140. Amy Hodge says:

    These are so cute, and they would make great host/hostess gifts!

  141. Lisa says:

    I just found your blog, lovely! I’m so excited to go check things out!

  142. Anna says:

    Great stuff! Thanks for reminding me about those Denyse Schmidt coasters… love them.

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