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January 26, 2019
A Home for Fabric Scraps Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley... from Living Water Quilter



A Home for Fabric Scraps

Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley Dot fabric have a home. AccuQuilt heart, butterfly, star and flower die waste are now artful mug rugs.

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There was a good amount of fabric leftover after cutting these fun shapes. So, I had an idea to use my Olfa Rotary Cutter with pinking blade to echo trim the fused fabric.

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Next, to keep it simple, I selected contrasting 10-inch squares from the Paisley Dots pre-cut Stack. Even thought the slivers of fabric are fused to the fabric, I chose to quilt the mug rugs with numerous straight ...

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January 24, 2019
Misc. Sewing from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

This is my first 'complete' finish for 2019.  I actually finished it Jan 13th, but haven't had much time to blog.  This is winging it's way to it's new owner now.
table runner

showing fun floral backing

The hearts are paper pieced and can be found for free here.  I pieced this on my 1927 Singer 15 hand crank, and quilted it on my Janome.  Most of the fabric in the hearts are scraps leftover from my son's wedding signature quilt

Last week my large quilt guild had a schoolhouse as the program.  I was one ...

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December 12, 2018
12 Days of Christmas,Day 12 from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Day 12

Today is the last day for the 12 days of Christmas. I am amazed at how quickly it went! I have a sweet marshmallow snowman to share with you. He's taking it easy in a mug of hot cocoa. Soaking in his own chocolate hot tub. When the boys were small I always greeted them with mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and a heaping bowl of popcorn when they would come in from playing in the snow. Sometimes, I would bring the treats outside to them if they were having too much fun building snow ...

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12 Days of Christmas,Day 12 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Day 12

Today is the last day for the 12 days of Christmas. I am amazed at how quickly it went! I have a sweet marshmallow snowman to share with you. He's taking it easy in a mug of hot cocoa. Soaking in his own chocolate hot tub. When the boys were small I always greeted them with mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and a heaping bowl of popcorn when they would come in from playing in the snow. Sometimes, I would bring the treats outside to them if they were having too much fun building snow ...

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December 11, 2018
12 Days of Christmas Day 10 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Day 10

Welcome to the tenth day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
One of my favorite patterns is Tea with Frosty. It's a sweet teapot design featuring a snowman. I like to leave mine out all winter. In Minnesota I can leave my snowmen out until Easter!  Yesterday we hosted my husband's family Christmas celebration.  It was a lovely day and we enjoyed seeing everyone. With all of the preparation that went into it, I'm certainly ready to put my feet up and relax with a ...

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12 Days of Christmas Day 10 from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Day 10

Welcome to the tenth day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
One of my favorite patterns is Tea with Frosty. It's a sweet teapot design featuring a snowman. I like to leave mine out all winter. In Minnesota I can leave my snowmen out until Easter!  Yesterday we hosted my husband's family Christmas celebration.  It was a lovely day and we enjoyed seeing everyone. With all of the preparation that went into it, I'm certainly ready to put my feet up and relax with a ...

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December 1, 2018
12 Days of Christmas- Day 1 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Day 1

Welcome to the first day of Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. During the next 12 days I will share with you some fun, quick and easy projects and recipes for those last minute Christmas gifts and gatherings. Let's have some Christmas stitching fun! Today we will kick off the Quilt Doodle 12 Days of Christmas with an adorable mug rug you can make for yourself to decorate your sewing space or make up a few to give to your sewing/quilting friends!

Snow Much Sewing Mug Rug is a festive mini quilt that can be used ...

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12 Days of Christmas- Day 1 from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Day 1

Welcome to the first day of Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. During the next 12 days I will share with you some fun, quick and easy projects and recipes for those last minute Christmas gifts and gatherings. Let's have some Christmas stitching fun! Today we will kick off the Quilt Doodle 12 Days of Christmas with an adorable mug rug you can make for yourself to decorate your sewing space or make up a few to give to your sewing/quilting friends!

Snow Much Sewing Mug Rug is a festive mini quilt that can be used ...

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November 4, 2018
Extra hour from Quilt in Progress

I used my extra hour today to get in a little sewing. I am done with the first round of treatments for the cancer, so no more steroid, and no more insomnia sewing. I have to be intentional about it now.

I decided to purchase the ribbon for the zebra stripe, and applique it to the fabric. It is not double-sided, so I had to get creative to make it look so. The zebra is part of a baby animal safari print I had bought at Jo Ann Fabrics several years ago, to decorate my classroom according to the Safari ...

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early darkness . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Daylight savings time ends tonight!  To that end, this cartoon made me laugh, laugh, laugh!
It's funny ... but it's also very true, no?  Be sure you turn your clocks back ... and enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the morning! It's a little ironic to me that we get that extra hour of sleep on the morning that sun rises an hour earlier.  Why can't we get it right?!  LOL!

The girls were SO cute as the fairies from Sleeping Beauty!  
Aren't they just precious?! Of course, they were the tip of the iceberg . . .
Jason ...

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November 1, 2018
Butterfly Mug Rugs from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

It's been a busy month of sewing... but not so much in the writing department. I have lots that I need to get onto the blog to share with you. Today I'm sharing the three mug rugs I finished this morning. As I finished up the binding before school it struck me that it would make more sense to be putting the finishing touches on costumes, but those were already all in order. Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating.

Our Island Batik ...

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October 31, 2018
Mug Rugs from Quilt in Progress

This is a good attempt at mug rugs. Again, a sleepless night last night gained me a couple of sewing hours. I used the paper-pieced awareness ribbon and small quilt block patterns to make these.

First is the burgundy ribbon for Multiple Myeloma, my cancer. I used the corners I snipped off the wall quilt I made late in the spring for a customer on Etsy to make the pinwheel block. The second is a pink ribbon (no explanation needed, and I’ll give it to my Mom who is a survivor) and did a simple string quilt block with ...

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 23, 2018
Sleepless on steroids from Quilt in Progress

I’m back in cancer treatments, and that’s part of the reason for fewer blog posts. On Mondays I take 40mg of a steroid in the morning. By Monday night I have no ability to fall asleep. A few weeks ago I started getting up and heading to the (what else?) sewing room. I fixed buttonholes in my husband’s favorite flannel overshirt, created some Frankestein shirts, and quilt blocks.

Frankenstein shirts is what I call combining 2 or more shirts to fit the parameters I need for my upcoming stem cell transplant. I’ll have a central line ...

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Peek A Who? Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors of the leaves and the cooler days. The smell of a bonfire and pumpkin spice just warms my soul. Fall is my time of year. The fact that I'm a Halloween junkie just fuels this love. I have no problem with coming up with new Halloween decorations and ideas. I even dress the dogs up to greet the trick or treaters that come to the door. This year Maddie is going to be a pack of French fries and Belvedere is going to be a devil dog ...

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Peek A Who? Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors of the leaves and the cooler days. The smell of a bonfire and pumpkin spice just warms my soul. Fall is my time of year. The fact that I'm a Halloween junkie just fuels this love. I have no problem with coming up with new Halloween decorations and ideas. I even dress the dogs up to greet the trick or treaters that come to the door. This year Maddie is going to be a pack of French fries and Belvedere is going to be a devil dog ...

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October 4, 2018
Pretty autumn mug rug quilted with Happy Cloud Batting from Carried Away Quilting


Today I want to share a product that is new to me, Happy Cloud Batting, an exclusive line of batting from Fat Quarter Shop. Recently the kind folks at FQS sent me a few packages to play with, and I’m so glad they did. I broke into a package of 80/20 Silky Blend precut 10” squares and used one to quilt a little autumn mug rug I pieced.


Typically I use 100% cotton batting for the small projects I quilt, but I have to say that I love the texture and slight loft of this 80/20 cotton ...

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September 15, 2018
multifarious mug rugs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This week has been a bit topsy turvy with a lot of personal stuff I won't go into (you're welcome). But I *did* manage to stitch up two more little acorn mug rugs . . .
I think I learned lessons from the first one and I was most pleased with the construction process the second go'round. These two still need to be quilted, and I'll get to that this weekend (the good Lord willing).

I got my hexie pumpkin mug rug sandwiched and started hand quilting on it . . .
I still have a ways to go, but again, there ...

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September 9, 2018
fall's fluttering in . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a fairly productive week . . . I love having a bunch of little handwork projects to work on because I can skip around and work in the evenings and at lunch time without a lot of fuss, and I get things done!
So now, along with the acorn mug rug, I've finished my little harvest stitchery mug rug.  I really love how that turned out! It used a nice, wide variety of embroidery stitches, and I even learned a new one -- the wheatear or wheat stitch. Can you tell which one that is (aside from it being the ...

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September 2, 2018
five day weekends are da bomb . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's right.  I took Thursday and Monday's a holiday, so five day weekend. Bliss!
I've gotten a lot started and finished so far, too! I told you about my idea for an acorn mug rug, right? How that? Concept to actualization! It was a little tricky, but worth the effort. I'll probably make at least one more of these ... maybe two or three!

I was bullied into encouraged to finish the patriotic topper . . .
Really pleased with how this turned out, especially since I did use the pillowcase method to finish it. That's kinda hard to ...

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