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January 10, 2017
Scrap Fabric Mug Rug Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Scrap fabric mug rugs - this is so smart. I have a ton of scrap fabric that need to be used. Love the idea of using one color per mug rug.

Scrap Fabric Mug Rugs

This past month I participated in a mug rug exchange at a local quilt group I attend.  After digging around for a little bit, I realized that I had more than enough fabric in the scrap bin to make something with.

That’s the beauty of the mug rug.  They are small and simple and don’t need a super ton of fabric.

Plus, they are done in no time flat!

Today I thought I’d share how quickly this can be made using your fabric scraps and if you have a bit hanging around– they ...

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January 1, 2017
Introducing Muggamo! from Patterns by Jen

Welcome to PBJ's Muggamo! 

Muggamo is a fun, new, monthly mug rug pattern program. Say that 3 times! You can't, so I changed it to mug rug a month, then mug a month, then Muggamo! Short, cute and catchy. Hopefully.

Feel free to grab this button and add it to your blog if you are joining in. You can also use #muggamo in your social media. I would love to see your creations!

Patterns By Jen


On the first of each month I will be posting a pattern for a mug rug. This year the focus will ...

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December 23, 2016
Wrapping Up Christmas Sewing - the Mug Rugs from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Now that some of these have already been given and some have just a couple of days to wait, I'd like to give an account of (part of) my Christmas gift making - mug rugs.

These are 8'' and feature beautiful animal-themed fabric I have left over from a Christmas quilt made two years ago.
Christmas patchwork decor

The next ones are 6'' squared and are a part of my poinsettia craze. If you haven't seen my tutorial for them yet, check it out.

Christmas applique

Christmas applique

Finally, the 7'' Nordic mug rug which featured in another tutorial, has a family now! Family shots:

Christmas patchwork decor

Christmas patchwork decor

Christmas patchwork decor

Merry ...

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Modern Farmhouse Winter Mug Rug from Northern Deb Quilts

One last fun sewing day before Christmas so I played around with a new pattern for a winter mug rug.

It went together quickly. My daughter suggested a pocket for a demitasse spoon...here you go Jenn!

I'll put the pattern out after Christmas. 

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December 21, 2016
Craftsy Mug Rug Review and New Surprises!! from Butterfly Threads



I began this series of Mug Rugs for the Craftsy blog this past year with a fun 3D flying geese block that included a partial seam technique. I decided that if we were going to make some cute mug rugs we might as well try some new techniques along the way. Use up scraps AND learn something new at the same time, double the fun!


This rainbow mug rug design was a fun way to use paper foundation piecing. By doing a simple sew and flip technique with strips, this colorful mug rug came to life. I still think this ...

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December 19, 2016
PFAFF passport 3.0 is the perfect sewing machine for holiday projects from Quilt Social

 

This week’s post feature is PFAFF’s passport 3.0. The machine is a perfect combination of features and portability to make it possible to finish last minute gifts or even visit with a quilting friend and take the machine with you too!

 

PFAFF passport 3.0
PFAFF passport 3.0

 

The passport 3.0 is a sturdy and efficient machine, plus it has many of the features that make it so enjoyable to sew with PFAFF. Here you can see the machine is pretty much the same size as a basic machine and its weight is evenly distributed for carrying too.

 

hard case passport 3.0 sewing machine case PFAFF hard case
Hard ...

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December 13, 2016
Hexagon Shaped Mug Rug Tutorial from Thread Head

I just finished a hexagonal shaped mug rug for Christmas, and thought I would show how I made the shape.


I can't give the pattern for the appliqué since I was inspired by a beautiful table runner I saw on Pinterest (here is the link). The original reminds me of Drunkard's Path blocks. I made mine using Invisible Machine Appliqué (link to my tutorial) with a simple partial circle for the snowman, circle-ish shapes for the eyes, and a carrot shaped nose. I embroidered a mouth with all 6 strands of embroidery cotton, using a stem stitch. My ...

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December 12, 2016
December's list from Stitchin' Therapy




    My list for December included making labels for the quilts-in-waiting---those in line for quilting.  I printed out a page of 4, another is hiding under something :)  Two of them are ready to go.  The pineapple label needs some borders added yet.












   Mug rugs on display......these are finished and some straight line quilting.  I just kept going  round and round  and back and forth.    I also had time to cut out some words for the giving on Tuesday.  I think I will have enough to send at least 3 to each name I pick.









  I have been reading and enjoying ...

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December 10, 2016
Mug Rugs today from Stitchin' Therapy

  Baby, it's cold outside today.  It was 25 degrees when I got up.  Extra coffee will be needed.  So I am working on a few mug rugs.  I took photos this time of how I now do my backing for ease of turning and finishing.


   My hand stitching is even more limited now due to the neuropathy in my fingers.    So instead of leaving a side open for turning, I realized a back opening would be much less noticeable for my poor stitches.  I use an over-sized piece of backing that I split in to 2 pieces and then ...

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December 4, 2016
Gilmore Girls mug rug ☕ from Charm About You


Whether you are a fan of the show or not, this free pattern from Anorina at Samelia's Mum is adorable and you could easily add your own quote. I happen to love the show and the new series. I listen to the theme song Where You Lead by Carole King on every episode!


It was a lot of fun picking the fabrics. The soft Make Drafts, Maker by AGF Studio is a sweet cup and I tried to balance it with the bold Shadow Dot, Hadley by Denyse Schmidt, which also fits nicely with the coffee theme!


I enjoy ...

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November 29, 2016
Puddin' Head Gingerbread Cookies from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

We celebrated our annual cookie day this last Saturday. It's a day full of fun and laughter and a ton of Christmas baking. My sister and sweet nieces made the cutest gingerbread men this year so I thought I would share the recipe...



Puddin' Head Gingerbread Men
  • 1-½ cup Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 10-½ ounces, weight Butterscotch Cook-n-Serve Pudding (3 - 3.5 Oz Boxes)
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons Ginger
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 4-½ cups Flour
Royal Icing
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 8 ...

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Puddin' Head Gingerbread Cookies from Quilt Doodle Doodles

We celebrated our annual cookie day this last Saturday. It's a day full of fun and laughter and a ton of Christmas baking. My sister and sweet nieces made the cutest gingerbread men this year so I thought I would share the recipe...



Puddin' Head Gingerbread Men
  • 1-½ cup Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 10-½ ounces, weight Butterscotch Cook-n-Serve Pudding (3 - 3.5 Oz Boxes)
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons Ginger
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 4-½ cups Flour
Royal Icing
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 8 ...

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November 23, 2016
Snarky Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

If you are like me, you do a search for "mean cross stitch" or "foul language embroidery" when you want a quick giggle. Warning, most of what you find won't be safe for work, or children, or sensitive souls. I am not a child, nor sensitive, though I can be childish at times.

A friend of mine recently turned 49 and isn't exactly excited about the prospect. When I tried to wish her a happy birthday, she said "meh" with a shrug. I said "all your dreams are dead" and she cackled. I felt compelled to mark the ...

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November 18, 2016
Mug Rug Finalizado from Artes de Paula Louceiro




Pra quem não conhece, mug rug ou tapete de caneca é algo bem legal pra se ter em casa.
Ele é algo que fica entre o tamanho de um coaster (porta-copos) e um jogo americano e por isso é super prático.

A idéia é que além da caneca com seu chazinho ou café, você também pode colocar ao lado algumas guloseimas. Bolachinhas, lanchinho, qualquer coisa.


 É ideal pra você deixar ao lado de seu computador enquanto trabalha, se atualiza ou se diverte nas redes sociais.

Aliás é uma peça coringa, que você pode levar pro sofá enquanto assiste sua série ...

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November 16, 2016
Tutorial: QAYG Trivets from Craft Gossip

quiltedtrivetstutorial_sotak  Curated scraps make these quilted trivets shine like a supermoon. Made by Svetlana of S.O.T.A.K. Handmade, she takes you step-b-step how to make them. To boot,  you’ll learn a construction method many quilters embrace, called Quilt As You Go.

Click qayg scrappy trivets {a tutorial}, to get the know-how.

{Image credit: S.O.T.A.K. Handmade}

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November 15, 2016
Mug Rug from Making A Lather

My mug is super large. I am always thirsty, and I hate refilling. I do get way too many comments about the size, my bathroom visitations, and how heavy it must be to carry.  Still I am not dissuaded from using it.  Still, for Tuesday archives, the theme is mug rug, so I had to explain my choice for a mug rug to share.

This is a rug hooking mat that I hooked from left over strings of wool. I beaded the edge for a little zing. It was my own pattern.
And it is big enough.

For a more ...

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November 13, 2016
insert clever title here . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was another busy week, but different in several ways. Todd and I started Weight Watchers on Monday, and of course I had lunches scheduled for each of the working days and dinners for two of the nights! Yikes, right off the bat I was facing hurdles, but I handled it like a pro (and no cheating), though tomorrow morning's weigh in will determine just how well I handled it! At Judy's recommendation, I looked up Dr. Michael Vanderschleden's The Scientific Approach to Intermittent Fasting. The book is available for free on kindleunlimited, so I went ahead ...

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November 12, 2016
Two Color Challenge from Sew Some Sunshine

The LIMQG had a challenge for November to create a mug rug using only two colors.  I chose blue and green because I think it's a classic combination and I decided to try out a paper pieced star from Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.  This is a great book if you like paper piecing, you can make so many different combinations of stars and you can change the block size using your copy machine/printer.  I have a small pinterest board for star inspiration you can see here.


This mug rug/mini finishes at 7 inches ...

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November 8, 2016
Tips and Tutorials Tuesday - Nordic Christmas Mug Rug from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

With Nordic style Christmas decor being all the rage in stores again this year, I'm making some of my own using the "pixelated" or "watercolor" technique.


Here is a little tutorial on a Nordic Christmas mug rug, but the technique can be used for larger things, such as table runners or wall quilts. You only have to find a fair isle knitting chart or cross stitch embroidery chart with an image you like or make your own on a sheet of square graphed paper. I find that the minimum size for more or less interesting patterns is 7 by ...

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November 3, 2016
Waiting in Texas (Gordonville, TX) from QuiltinCats

Since my last post, we have traveled a lot of miles.  2117 miles since 8 October. We rarely travel that many miles in a short time.  Surprisingly, our cats did not complain about the long hours on the road.  They did want to explore each new stop though.  Sometimes that just wasn't an option with the overnight location.  Ever try to explain to a cat that it isn't a good idea to go outside...yea, doesn't work.

We spent a couple of nights in Williams, AZ.  A great little town within walking distance of the Grand Canyon ...

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