I've been in a neighborhood Bunco group for a few years now. If you haven't played before, it is really fun because it is a no skill dice game during which you can eat, drink, tell stories and laugh. Plus, prizes--yay! In our 12-member group, we have a $5 per month buy-in for cash prizes, and we sign up for potluck dish categories. Sometimes there is a theme. This month is my turn to host, which means I provide the drinks and table settings, and otherwise sit back and wait for the food and fun to arrive. As a mostly non-drinker, I am grateful for ready-made Margarita mix. I picked a BBQ theme and decided to make some coasters a la Karen of Sew Many Ways (click on the link for a tutorial) as a sort of party favor.
First I cut 5 inch squares, then pinned through the center of a CD as a template and used my rotary cutter to cut around the CD through a stack of 5 "charms" for each coaster. Very quick and easy. I cut, pressed and sewed all of these Tuesday night in a couple of hours while receiving a personal concert (Grant's band practice).
I used some recently purchased fabrics and also a couple of fat quarters I'd received as giveaways and gifts. The bandana fabric started it all (Thanks, Mary!). I'll definitely use this method again. It was fun to mix up the circles and make them in different combos. I hope the ladies like them.
This picture below is what a seam ripper is supposed to look like...
..and this is what my seam ripper looked like when I pulled it out of my sewing desk's drawer the other day:
WTH? No idea how that happened. It was getting used a lot last weekend when matching all those points in Erica's quilt, and I was putting things away rather rapidly on Tuesday morning before the housecleaners came (yes, once a month my house is actually all clean at the same time), but I don't remember hearing any metallic parts breaking off! Luckily Erica had a spare in her sewing box, as the other seam ripper I own is almost 9 years old and way past dull. I liked that ergonomic one especially so will have to replace it. Looking forward to the 3 day weekend for Memorial Day and getting some lengthy sewing time in. How about you?