Knowing when to stop
A while ago I stumbled upon some bright looking coasters made out of Dresden blocks (here) and thought that would be a great way to use scraps and come up with something useful. I quickly became quite obsessed with them, not exactly sure why, because they are not quick to make. I changed things a bit from the tutorial: my inner circles started off as reverse hand-stitched appliqués, but I soon changed to a faster method (making the circle with a vinyl template, basting around it and pulling it tight. After that it’s just a question of topstitching it).
The inner circles are sewn by hand, with beautiful vibrant colored DMC threads.
Finally I stitch down the Dresden points with invisible thread (yes, that’s a real thing) and then there is an additional line of stitching to secure the whole block to the black felt.
As you can see, I made quite a lot, and then some more – I made enough to give to my work colleagues at the end of the semester. Somehow I still have a bunch of pieces waiting to be ironed and turned into more coasters.
Don’t you just love all those bright colors?