Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scrabble Tile Coaster Tutorial

Scrabble tile coasters are all over Pinterest these days, and I just had to make a set for a friend of mine as a wedding gift. Although I was not quite clever enough to make the letters work in all possible directions, I hid several words in each coaster for couple to find: their names, wedding-related words, etc. Some of them wrap the corner, some are diagonal, but whatevs. Hopefully the Scrabble police won't come after me!

These are pretty simple to make—just wooden Scrabble tiles, brush-on Super Glue, and adhesive felt furniture glides. 

Lay out the tiles in 4 rows of 4 tiles. 
Brush a thin layer of Super Glue along an adjoining edge.

Place the tiles together flat on a surface while allowing the glue to dry. Glue tiles together in rows, then glue rows together.

Once the coaster is dry, brush a thin layer of glue over the back of the coaster for additional security.

Stick 4 furniture glides to the back of each coaster.

Make as many as you'd like!

Bundle 'em up and give to someone special.

Happy crafting!


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Swoon Block #9

It's the last and final block in this one - woohoo!!!!

Here's Block #9 (of 9) of the Swoon Quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley):

I think this is my least favorite fabric combo, but when I laid them all out, it worked well with the others, so I'm going to let it go...

Now to sash, quilt and bind . . . !!!  

Happy stitching,


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

AQS Quilt Show in Paducah!!!

Yes folks, you heard it right . . . I was in Paducah this year for the American Quilter's Society Annual Quilt Show. It's difficult to put this into words, but the show is HUGE! Hundreds of award winning quilts are hung throughout multiple venues, including 2 floors of the Paducah Convention Center, an adjacent "bubble" building, and various other spaces throughout Paducah. Even the restaurants and hotels are decorated to the gills with staff quilts!

And there might be vendors selling boatloads of fabric, notions, tools and patterns for, well, let's call it a deep discount . . . .

 It is definitely quilter's DisneyLand!

I'm not allowed to post photos of the quilts, but here are some of my shots of beautiful downtown Paducah, as well as a few other highlights.... It's a great town, and it was certainly an inspiring place to be for a few days!

I had no idea, but the strawberry shortcake (sold by the Boy Scouts in what appeared to be truckloads!) was definitely as famous as Hancocks!

Who's going with me next year?

Happy Stitching!