Positively Petite Coasters


Positively Petite Coasters

From Playing With Patchwork and Sewing by Nicole Calver


Class Description
A fun blend of an Irish Chain block and a Log Cabin block, smooshed together and shrunk down to the most positively petite size for the perfect coasters!


This fast, fun sewing project is fun for advanced beginners and up and teaches a multitude of skill builder techniques. Including; two in one half-square triangles, corner-square triangles, four patch blocks, nine patch blocks, small-scale piecing and quilt finishing. Each student will complete four coasters as shown on page 50.


Class Length
Half day


Class Supply List

  • Required text: Playing With Patchwork and Sewing

  • 4 assorted fat eighths for blocks

  • 4 fussy cut-able scraps (optional) for block centers

  • 2 fat quarters of coordinating fabrics for blocks and backing

  • 4 9”x9” squares of batting 

  • Coordinating thread for piecing and quilting


Optional Supplies

  • Seam roller

  • Flatter by Soak 


TIPS: The fabric requirements for this project are on the slim side so this might be a great class to squeeze in some tools to sell. I always use a seam roller while sewing to keep me from having to get up and go to my iron, especially when micro piecing. And when I do make it to my iron, I always use Flatter! This could be an opportunity to push some notions and tools. 

Kit the project with coordinating fabrics, batting or fusible fleece and pair it with coordinating kits from the two matching projects in the book to make a set!

Or kit and teach this class with one or both of the matching projects in the book to extend the fun! 

Extend the length of the class and include a mini class on fussy cutting and the fabrics that work great for fussy cutting! Fussy cuts require more fabric so there’s an opportunity to sell more fabrics.


Classroom Preparation
Each student will need a sewing machine; set up common cutting and pressing stations.


Class Outline

Use the chart on page 51 to have the students cut their fabrics.

Follow the instructions on page 40 to demonstrate how to make the block, including:

  1. Making a nine patch 

  2. Making half square triangles with the 2 in 1 method

  3. Making sashing

  4. Making four patch blocks

  5. Making corner-square triangles

  6. Assembling the block

Follow the instructions on page 52 to demonstrate how to:

  1. Finish the coasters