Coaster Quilts…Thank You Pokey & Mom

quilted-wine-coastersThank you to Pokey Bolton and her mom!  Several weeks ago, Pokey from Quilts, Inc. posted a tutorial on her blog, Pokey’s Ponderings, for making these adorable wine coasters/mug rugs.  How cute are these?

sewingSo simple to sew.  Only five circles of fabric…four of them folded in half, then overlapped and sewn to the fifth circle.  No batting, no pinning, no hand sewing.

The stem of the wine glass slips into the opening of the finished coaster.  Or, they can be used flat as regular coasters.coasters&mug2

The timing of Pokey’s post was perfect as I was looking for something quick and easy to make as a favor for my daughter’s bridal shower.  It was being hosted at the Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia, Maryland so what could be more fitting than wine coasters to give as favors.

I used a stash of Tula Pink and Anna Maria Horner fabrics to make sets of four coasters for each guest.  Thanks to my Accuquilt 5″ circle die, cutting the fabrics was a breeze.  Doing the ironing and sewing assembly line style made the job quick and efficient.  It took me less than 5 minutes to make each coaster.  And even though I ended up making a total of 96 coasters, I was was able to finish them in a couple of days.

I strung four coasters together with pearl cotton and added a little “how-to” note for each guest.  Since they ended up looking like little round quilts, we started calling them “Coaster Quilts”. CoasterQuilts They were a big hit with everyone, including the bride.

This little project will now be my go-to project for a quick hostess gift.  Perfect with a bottle of wine.  Thanks Pokey and Mom from a very happy Mother-of-the-Bride!

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