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August 15, 2016
Down for the Count from Gray Barn Designs

Fall is really coming. My son started JV soccer practice today. Can cool, rainy fall nights be far away?


Sisters are the best! Cindy took my dracula mug rug pattern and made it into something real! She even quilted it — a skill I have yet to master. We posted the pattern on Craftsy for $1.00 as an experiment. Does anyone buy quilt patterns?  We shall see!

If you think I’m jumping the season, one of my spooky friends in Texas posted this on her Facebook page today — it made me laugh and reminded me about how welcome some ...

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August 7, 2016
Starbucks Mug Rug Swap | Round 7 from Jolie Maxtin

hexagon mug rug colorful

This swap is now hosted in Instagram, but it started on Flickr. I sat out a few rounds, but really missed it so for Round 7, I got back in. My partner likes color so this is the mug rug I made for her.  What possessed me to think I could do a hexagon shaped mug rug, I don't know. I wanted it to be unique this allowed me some practice with binding corners.

My partner sent a little late so I got a nice surprise the other day as my package came in. 
She made me not only ...

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August 3, 2016
Mug Rug of the Month on Craftsy from Butterfly Threads

My Mug Rug of the Month series on Craftsy is a fun checkerboard version of the old 'strip set sewn into a tube' method. I also changed it up a bit by using rectangles instead of squares. It includes step by step photos and instructions, including how I press...

It's a fun little project if you are looking for quick results. It's also a great block to use with any size strips, make a bunch for cheerful quilt.

I hope you enjoy this one!

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July 4, 2016
Happy July 4th! from Butterfly Threads

To help celebrate this wonderful day, I've designed a patriotic inspired mug rug over on the Craftsy blog. I do hope you will have fun sewing it up in a snap and feel free to share it with your friends!

I hope you each have a beautiful day and celebrate with the ones you love!


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June 2, 2016
Hello June! from Butterfly Threads

Last night my sweet girl graduated from High School! I still can't believe it. I've been busy
celebrating her with lots of fun and family and parties, and it continues...

But I have a post over HERE on Craftsy with the free June mug rug pattern. It's a quick and easy one that is fun to try. So if you've been thinking about sewing with some selvages but don't know where to start, this might be just the project for you.

Also, the nice folks over at EQ7 interviewed me recently and they have a ...

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May 25, 2016
The Road Back to Sewing Again... from Leona's Quilting Adventures

Hello again..There has been so much death in my family in the past four years that it has left me stumbling. Grieving has been a very difficult process, but my days seem to be getting better. But I have decided to go back to doing the one thing that has always brought me a sense of peace and tranquility. Sewing...

I am taking the road back to sewing again. Sewing for me is art and creating makes me happy. Not every project is perfect or beautiful, but I want to find that creative energy that embodies my soul again ...

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PostCards Mail ART Fun. from My Love of Quilting and Sewing

Some of my makings of Mail ART PostCards 

Sharing A Fun Shopping Moment 

 Soon To Become a new project  Keep Coming Back To See

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April 12, 2016
Mug Rugs from Butterfly Threads

April is the first month of the new Mug Rug of the Month series on the Craftsy blog. Each month for the next year, I will be designing and sharing a mug rug pattern with a free download pattern.

Over the next 12 months, we will try new techniques, share tips and offer options for each pattern. I do hope you will hop over and check it out. This first mug rug has folded flying geese, partial seams, pillowcase binding and uses only charm squares. That's a lot of info packed into one little mug rug. I am having ...

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April 5, 2016
Catching up on Splendid Sampler™ Blocks from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

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These blocks are so addictive. Secretly, I want to keep sewing my Splendid Sampler™ blocks and forget about everything else that needs to be finished.

From Left to Right: Crocheted Thought by Alyssa Thomas, Checkerboard by Pat Sloan, Scrap Stars by Corey Yoder, Flying High by Janet Clare and Family Affair by Janice Ryan.

If you have missed out on blocks they can all be found here at the official Splendid Sampler™ website.

This project is

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New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - April 5, 2016 from Curlicue Creations

The Greetings - The Little Quilt Collection Pattern features a nice variety of small quilt patterns, and includes a metal hearts quilt hanger to display your finished project. 

The pattern includes instructions to sew the finished quilts and pillows pictured on the front, plus a bonus metal hearts quilt hanger. 

Can you say "Oh Kitty"?
The Kats and Kitties Table Rug and Pillows Pattern features cute kitties, leaves, and flowers frolicking across a table rug and two small pillows. 

The pattern includes instructions to sew ...

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March 29, 2016
How to become an Honorary Indian + A Dozen Finishes from Sew Preeti Quilts

Usually, I plan my blogposts.
Normally, I write about one project at a time - the entire process, from start to finish.
I believe that keeps the entire project in one place.  Easy to locate, without having to go through several posts.

Card from Sandra
But there is nothing NORMAL (or usual) about this post. It is not planned. It discusses something that is not even my work.  Therefore, I have divided this post into two parts - GUSHES and FINISHES.

Let me GUSH first.  I have to write this post to get it out of my system.

Fabric FQs from Sandra ...

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March 9, 2016
Mr. Sunshine Mini Quilt Pattern - Supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from Amy Made That

A brighter future lies ahead...

Someday we will wake up to a world
where the words, "You have cancer"
do not send people into a panic.

I'd like to do what I can to help
make leukemia and lymphoma treatable,
by supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

My husband is an only child,
but he's had a best friend, Dan Chianese,
for over 50 years. They are like brothers.
"Dan the Man" was diagnosed with leukemia
two years ago.

Dan is fighting back as a candidate for the
One dollar equals ...

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February 14, 2016
Happy Valentine's Day! from Amy Made That

Happy Valentine's Day!

What a great day for a cuppa
and a little sweet treat!

I used pink and gray prints
from Simply Colorful - the original line.

The wavy quilting was really easy and fun
to do, using my walking foot!

I was inspired by the gray ric rac...
so I chose a gray gingham backing,
using April Showers by Bonnie and Camille.

No matter where in the world you are,
 I hope you'll take time to celebrate
and tell your favorite person how much you love them.

And ...

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February 13, 2016
Mug Rugs with a printed picture Tutorial from Magpie Quilts

Recently I made a few mug rugs with a little saying on them that I printed onto printable fabric.

Bailey's Mug Rug - SORRY, SOLD OUT!
I also found some photos from my garden over the last few years and decided to see how they would look as mug rugs.
Floral Photo Mug Rugs
These little sayings about how to keep calm are popping up all over my social media & I grabbed this one as my starting point. You can always use your computer to make something that's totally original, dress it up with a fancy font and save ...

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February 2, 2016
Doxie Love - A New Mug Rug from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
Are there any dog lovers out there?
Do you especially love dachshunds???
I've got something sweet to share with you!

I happen to know of a special long haired doxie named Oscar,
whose mommy had a birthday.
I thought I'd stitch up this little mug rug, just for her, 

I've had this fabric in my stash for a few years.
It came from JoAnn and I found it irresistible.
We had a miniature dachshund in my family,
when I was growing up.

I put the novelty ...

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January 29, 2016
Quilting the Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug to life from Quilt Social


Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug
Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug


I feel grateful and lucky to share this tutorial for a Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug with you! Today is the day we quilt the Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug to life.


Sew the layers together

Selvage fabric for mug rug backing
Selvage fabric for mug rug backing


Will you believe me when I tell you that I had this piece of made selvage fabric in my stash that’s the exact size I needed for the mug rug? Well I did! {trust me you don’t want to see my original prototype for this rug – which was much bigger and ...

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January 28, 2016
Piecing the Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug from Quilt Social


Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug
Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug


In today’s post we’ll put together the Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug. I’ve included lots of photos and piecing advice. In projects like this where there are lots of small pieces and seams, accurate piecing is important to make sure the final product looks good. Good luck and enjoy!


Layout of Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug
Layout of Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug


Lay out units and cut pieces on a design wall or board. If you don’t have either, take a photo of the pieces laid out to refer to in case they get moved around ...

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January 26, 2016
Fat quarters for a Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug from Quilt Social


Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug
Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug


Choosing LUCKY colors for your mug rug

Chinese New Year arrives on February 8th this year and it’s the Year of the Fire Monkey. Why not celebrate by making a Lucky Monkey Tail Mug Rug for your quilting space to bring luck and prosperity to your quilting endeavors this year!

When I started looking for inspiration on what to include in my Lucky mug rug I found the monkey surrounded by gold peach blossoms and sometimes even holding a peach. The peach symbolizes longevity and gold is connected to prosperity. Red is also a ...

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January 25, 2016
A New Sponsor! Kimberly's Fabric Stash from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I hope everyone made it through the
Blizzard of 2016.
So many of us in the USA were affected!
Here at my house we had about 8" of new snow.

I kept busy throughout the storm by sewing,
as I'm sure many others did.

I made (yet) another Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug
using my new pattern.

{For now, I'll give you just a glimpse...more photos in another post to follow.}

I also made this little snowman.
He's cute already, but he needs to be made up
into a finished project.
Some buttons ...

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January 16, 2016
Fresh Valentines from Birch Farm Fabric from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
Are you getting ready for Valentine's Day?

My maiden name was "Love"...
so naturally I really adore all kinds of hearts.
I've been stitching up lots of hearts lately,

For this particular set of hearts,
 I chose fabrics in the teal, taupe and black range,
from Birch Farm by Joel Dewberry.

I started with 5" squares,which are always in abundance, right?
Think "Charm Packs"...
I cut them into 2 1/2" squares to create patchwork pieces
for a set of 3 similar, but distinct hearts ...

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