Can't post that Irish Chain project yet, but here's a little peak at Santa's Vaasa workshop. These coasters were so easy to make! The hardest part was the cutting (six 5" squares for each). I used this great tutorial and whipped them up in exactly an hour. I used thin batting instead of fusable web. If I were to do it again, I might use something thinner - maybe felt? I also might start with 4.5" squares rather than 5". The bottom is a dark green I rejected for the Tea TATW project and the inner (unseen) fabric is just muslin. The top fabrics are a mixture of plaids, ginghams, and homespuns that came together in a stack of fat quarters I bought at the Lowell Quilt Festival in 2004. I'm determined to buy some Christmas supplies when I'm in the US in February - ten months should give me enough time to make some gifts for 2007!
I brought the coasters with some Christmas tea to a Secret Santa swap tonight - it was the Christmas party of the Finnish-speaking quilt group here in Vaasa held here. I received some Christmas tea (glögi flavored) and this cute gingerbread candle. Can't wait to give them both a try!