Monthly Archives: November 2017

Bountiful Holiday Blog Hop

Have you been following along with all the lovely makers on this blog hop?

Sharon Holland, designer extraordinaire of Art Gallery shared some of her gorgeous Bountiful Fabric with a handful of designers and asked us to make a quick holiday make. Each year my son loves to make something for his teachers, so I let the idea of something he could make guide me.

Hopefully you have already visited Maureen Cracknell to see her amazing pillows. Tomorrow check out Alexis Wright to see what lovely thing she has made.


I have two different types of faced coasters to share with you. The hexagon and a porthole faced square. The square you could use a charm square.

Both techniques are super easy and you can adjust it to any size project. Start with gorgeous fabric, add embellishments, tie with a ribbon and you have a lovely handmade gift.

Cute, right?

These are just intended to be general guides to jump start your own creativity.

Lets make the hexi coasters first. I started with two hexagons. Each side is 2 1/2″. This part, I don’t expect my son to do, but I wanted these to be pretty. I placed a hexagon of Thermolam behind one hexi and embroidered on one of the hexagons. Since these are going to be coasters, I wanted the Thermolam in them instead of just batting.  When my son makes these, he will just layer two hexagons and Thermolam inside. I also cut two long strips of 2 1/4″ linen for the facing. I pressed my strips of linen in half as you would press a binding in half.

Since I was just playing with the printed design on the fabric, I knew the back would be a mess. I didn’t want that to show on the back of the finished coaster. If you want, you could machine quilt all three layers of the hexagons together at this point.

Layer all three together.

Lay your embroidered layer with the front facing up. The back should be facing down. Take your facing fabric and lay the raw (unfolded) edge along the raw edge of one of the hexagon sides. Cut your facing strip so that it is wider than the hexagon. This is very important, this little overlap here. The facing must extend beyond both sides.

Cut all your facing strips to about the same size. Gather some Clover Clips.

Starting with the first side, lay one facing piece on the raw edge, with the fold towards the center and the raw edges aligned with the hexagon raw edge.

Clip in the center.

Start layering another piece of facing in the same way going in a clockwise direction. You will have an overlap from the previous facing piece. This is important to keep the overlap.

Side 5

Lay the sixth facing on. Notice it is on top of both the first and fifth sides. We need to fix that.

Lift up the first side left edge and lay the sixth side down. This will create the same overlap all the way around the sides.

Clip in the middle and bring to the sewing machine.

Turn the whole thing over and sew a scant 1/4″ seam. The clips are a little fuddly, but you are hopefully able to work around them.

Sew all the way around each side

From the back.

Trim all the seam allowances.

And the back



To get nice corners, I double trim. The first cut is as below. I cut almost parallel to the seam, with just a slight incline towards and past the corner. Make sure you don’t clip through the seam.

And the second one below. Each of my clippings are a little more parallel with the seam than a typical 45 degree clip. I think this double clip makes pretty corners.

See, two clips?

Clip all the corners. I will point out now, that hexagons are an easier shape to get nice points on because the angles are less acute. But this technique will work with squares too.

Stick your fingernail if you have them, or something like a Purple Thang in the inside of one corner of the facing. Using your thumb, hold the point in between your thumb and finger then turn the point right side out. Please don’t use anything sharp like scissors to do this or you could poke a hole in your nice corner. Turn all the corners of the facing right side out. I also like to finger press the seams.

My iron has this extended edge so I can get under the facing and press the front of the coaster. When you turn the facing, you may have a little bunching of the front of the coaster. I start in the center of the coaster and press with the tip of my iron easing any excess fabric towards the seams.

Then press the top of the coaster.

When my son makes these, I will have him topstitch around the inside of the facing. But I wanted a handmade look. I used some giant stitches to secure down the facing.

I played around with different widths of facing and facing the front or the back of each coaster. The one below, I put the facing on the back of the coaster.

Here they are all together. I gave each one it’s own personality. I think they still really look great as a family too, don’t you?

This is the one I had the facing wrap around to the back.

And another groupie. Again this can be as simple or complicated as you would like. I really think the gorgeous fabric designs are the star of these coasters!


Did you make it this far? I know it is worth sticking around for both.

Below is a square coaster with a porthole facing.

I started with (4) 5″ squares and a 5″ square of Thermolam. When I have my son make these, I’ll either have him make a quilt sandwich and machine quilt it, or just make a quilt sandwich without quilting it. I don’t think for this size, that any quilting is necessary. Feel free to have a different opinion on this. Ha!

Again, I had done some freehand embroidery on one of Sharon’s gorgeous fabric, while it was backed with Thermolam.

Two of the denim squares will make the porthole facing. The other will be the back of the coaster.

Layer the two denim facing pieces right sides together.

With an erasable marker or pen, mark the approximate center of the square.

Find something to use to make the porthole circle. I found a ribbon spool to be the perfect size circle I was looking for. Lay it in the center of the fabric and trace the circle.

Sew the circle. Make sure you are sewing both facing fabrics together right sides together. I find that when I sew circles, sometimes it helps to anchor my fingers in the center of the circle to help with the pivoting needed. You may also just sew a few stitches, lift your foot, reposition and sew some more.


Using pinking shears, trim inside the sewn circle. I like to use pinking shears instead of clipping because I feel like it trims to get rid of the bulk at the same time it is clipping the inside curve. Do whatever works for you here.

Press to give this shape some memory. This will squish the seams down and make them seat a little in the fabric.


Lift one corner a little.

Using just the tip of your iron, press the top layer at the seam, move the iron over and reposition the top layer and press. You are just giving the top layer some memory of being pressed at the seam.

I’ve just pressed the top facing layer towards the circle.

Now turn the top layer out so that both right sides are out and press.

Layer your faced porthole, your backing (which is right side down), Thermolam, and your top layer.

Clip together. Notice the porthole facing has shrunk a teeny bit. That is ok. It will be hidden in the seam allowance. Just try to space the facing piece evenly on the backing, Thermolam and front piece.

Sew all four sides.

Clip the corners twice. I know most people just do a 45 degree cut on the corner. I like two clips. Make sure you don’t cut into the corner seam.

Stick your finger or thumb inside one corner. With your finger, hold the corner between your finger and thumb. Push your finger towards the thumb to turn the corner out.

Pushed.  Do this for the remaining three corners. If the corners are not nice and pointy, use a blunt tool to make them pretty.

Again, with small projects like this, there is a little bunching of the front fabric when you turn the facing. Start with the tip of your iron in the very center and press out towards the seam of the facing. Ease any excess fabric under the facing to be hidden. I love my iron because I can press under the facing in the corners nicely.

Press the whole top.

When my son makes this, I will have him topstitch the circle of the porthole facing. Again, I used big stitches with my favorite orange from this fabric. I also added a scrap of linen with some silly stitching.

So now you have it. Two different facing techniques. Make coasters. Finish orphan blocks into table toppers or mini quilts with either of these facing techniques for quick finished gifts too. Which is your favorite way to face? It’s like choosing a favorite child for me. I say make them both!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you whip up some of these coasters for your holiday gift giving this year too! Let me know if you do!

Sharon has put together some wonderful giveaways for the end of the blog tour. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a 10-pc Bountiful Harvest colorway fat quarter bundle. On November 17th, 2017 check out Sharon’s post about the final weekly recap where she will share details on how to enter the Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle giveaway. You’ll have a chance to enter on her final blog post and also on Instagram.

Additionally, every time you share a tour image along with the #BountifulHolidayBlogTour hashtag, to your public Instagram account, you’ll automatically have your name put into the hashtag pool and automatically be entered into the drawing. So share and repost those Instagram images by the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers often and use that hashtag!