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April 22, 2014
A Milestone from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Not many people make it to their 90th birthday. This weekend we celebrated the 90th birthday of my father-in-law, Donald Lynch, somewhere in the middle of the state of Pennsylvania.

He is a wonderful guy who has treated me like a daughter from the day I met him. My favorite story that shows his kindness to me was way back right after I married his son. We were in school in Boston and went to Acadia National Park in Maine to spend a weekend camping with my in-laws. It was blueberry season, so I thought it would be fun to ...

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April 18, 2014
Mug Rugs! from Butterfly Threads

I'm hosting my bee group here today and I made them each a little gift. I made mug rugs with star fish since I was in a Caribbean mood from my recent cruise. I made them assembly line style...

I cut scraps of batting into 5" x 7" rectangles, and backing fabric into 5.5" x 7.5" rectangles

Then I cut a bunch of scraps into random 6" strips. I just made a pile that looked like it would be enough, I didn't count. Each mug rug will require a different number of strips based on how ...

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Spring Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

I participated in the Springtime Mug Rug swap hosted by Michele at the Quilter's Gallery.  These are the two mug rugs I made for myself. 

Here are some pictures of the front and back of both mug rugs.
In hindsight, I can see that the label works so much better with a dark color thread on these batiks.  I still love the batiks for this project.  Bright colors are just so much fun!  I fussy-cut some of pieces to make the fabrics work for me.  I love these flowers.
Both patterns were designed by The Patchsmith.  You can find ...

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April 17, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

Greeting everyone!
I'm going on break for a little while but please keep watching for my mug rug give aways.
Life is just spinning around me & I need to get things in some sort of order.
 Does anyone know what I'm talking about??
Hope to come back soon with most of my ducks in a row.........hehehe

The winner of the birdhouse is

Gene! Congratulations to you. Leave a comment so we can talk.

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April 16, 2014
APRIL 16, 2014 – EASTER BUNNYS QAL from Patchwork Atelier

Easter Bunny - quilt along

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April 15, 2014
popsicles mug rug from Sotak Handmade

 When I first started sewing I made mug rugs all the time. They were my favorite thing to sew since they were small, relatively quick and easy to make, and I was able to try out new techniques and patterns without committing to anything large or long term.

So, when I came across Ayumi's adorable paper pieced popsicles pattern while digging through my stack of my will have to give it another try for sure patterns the other day, I decided a new mug rug was exactly what I needed :)

As you can see, paper piecing is a messy ...

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April 14, 2014
Grandma, The Early Years - A True Story from Ravelly1

Scampering up the trunk and branches of a China Berry tree to the roof of the house, "They're gone," Hertha (my grandma) shouted to her brothers and sisters as her parents rode out of sight in their wagon. Hertha jumped from the roof and ran to the chicken coop where her mom's setting hens were scratching around for corn kernels. Kenchion grabbed the axe while Clark (Stewie), Hertha and Rosa moved slowly towards an unfortunate hen.

In a cloud of dust plus a few scratches Stewie managed to grab the hen, placed her on the stump.... Poppa Abe ...

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Bunnies and Chickies! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Happy Easter! I know I'm a week early but it's a week of celebrating Easter with my family and friends! The celebration starts today at mom's with Easter dinner. I'm bringing all sorts of treats, I was a busy, busy in the kitchen yesterday. I made sugar cookies, Jello jiggler eggs, Grandma Eva's mashed potatoes and this morning I got up at five and made dinner rolls. The house smells so good! So today I have some Easter fun to share....

Sugar Cookies

2/3 cups shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 ...

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April 10, 2014
Too Much, Too Little from Slightly Off Quilter

Too much to do and not enough time to do it, that is ! It seems like I have a million and one ideas running around my head, but I can’t seem to find enough time to do them all! I did want to share the cute gift I made for my grandmother for her […]

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April 8, 2014
Bunnies, Bunnies, Everywhere.... from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Well, you can't have Easter without some cute bunnies. So I made up a really cute bunny mug rug for you. This pattern is super quick and easy. I whipped these up last weekend, the same time I was making my little chickens.
I like to use the embroidery stitches on my machine to make the
bunny's eyes and whiskers.

I made up a few in different colors, using fabric from
my fabric stash.
This fun pattern can be found on Etsy and Craftsy as instant downloadable PDF's. There's still time to whip a couple of ...

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April 7, 2014
Spring mug rug – Free pattern and tute! from Craft Gossip

Spring Mug RugDeby of So Sew Easy welcomes Spring with this cheerful mug rug. Notice how her quilting design echos the butterfly, creating  movement, brilliant!

You can make yourself one, because she shares on her blog step-by-step instructions on how to do it. She also includes a free downloadable template for the letters (including a flower to dot your “i”) and butterfly.

Image credit: So Sew Easy

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Little Chickies.... from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I love little chickens, I think they are so cute! Spring is here finally and little baby chicks remind me of springtime. Easter is around the corner too! So in celebration of spring I have a new applique mug rug to show you all. And since it is applique I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you all how to do fusible applique. It's quick and easy!

Trace your pieces onto the heat n bond. Make sure to draw on the paper side.
Iron onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Cut out your pieces and ...

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April 3, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

The winner of the "cat" mug rug is...............................................................

Marie J.
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment plus your email so that we can talk that way.


Well, we finally have "Springy" weather and I, for one, am extremely happy. I am not a fan of the cold or snow or sleet or..........sorry, I'll stop my tangent before it gets started.
In honor of this wonderfully warm weather, I'm offering a birdhouse mug rug.
To enter, just leave a comment. If you've won before, don't let that stop you from entering again and again. I ...

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March 24, 2014
» Better than I deserve!

 We got some snow again last night, but the good news it's going to really warm up by the end of the week!!
 This little guy was out my kitchen window this morning.

Are you looking at me????
 The grandkid's farm. A little bit of every animal.

 chicken coop.
 babies under cover. I leave it up for awhile it just makes me smile when I go down to sew:)
 I bought these quilt labels and thought maybe I could use them to make a mug rug....
 Just because it snowed doesn't mean it's Christmas go home ...

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March 20, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

Greetings and Happy Thursday everyone!!
The winner of the "Letter C" is #7 mojo49.
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so that we can talk via email.
Below is the next mug rug which some of you may think looks familiar....and you'd be right. This little kitty was never claimed last year so he's back looking for a new home. He's need someone to care for him and keep him warm with a cup of coffee/tea or cooled off with a beverage.
Just leave a comment to be counted and good luck. I'll ...

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March 12, 2014
wonderful wednesdays . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Today is a happy day . . . today marks FOUR YEARS that Sawyer Graham has been a force to reckon with in this ol' world!
He's king of the hill . . . but also holds great sway over this Neesey's heart!  ♥

We celebrated our March birthdays on Saturday. Sawyer wanted a "dinosaur and snake" cake.  Yup, he's all boy.
Luckily, he's got a very talented mommy who was able to create just what the birthday boy asked for!

Blowing out candles was fun . . .
Even though he *was* holding is ears because we were all singing too loud! Ha! That's ...

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March 6, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

The winner of "Heart's Hope" is ...............Joyce Carter.
Congratulations Joyce. Leave a comment so we can get together via email.
"Letter C"
 is the next mug rug for give away. I used a couple of my very favorite fabrics for this one. Leave a comment to be counted. I'll announce a winner on March 20th.

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March 5, 2014
wrapping it up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I spent my fifteen (plus) minutes of stitching time on the mug rug project, Monday and Tuesday.  Today it hits the mail, so it's new owner should have it in the next week or so.  Once last 'back side' teaser . . .
Haha!  At least it's not just muslin this time, right?? Since it is a crazy quilted piece, I strongly debated on whether or not to do any quilting on it.  Crazy quilts generally do not have quilting, or have very little.  
But if you look closely, you can see I went ahead and spiral quilted the hexi center ...

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March 3, 2014
design wall dilemma . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'm not sure what to put on my design wall.  I've got a lot of finished tops that need to be turned into finished whole projects.  And I've got the mug rug that lacks just a few embellishments before it's ready to be finished . . . 
Haha!  Don't study the back too closely -- I *definitely* did not do a great job of making my back look as neat as my front.  I guess since I knew it would be covered with batting and backing, I didn't sweat it too much.  LOL!

I had a run of ...

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March 2, 2014
short and sweet . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's what today's post will be . . . mainly because I've not had the energy to do much of anything this past week, as is evidenced by my 15 Minutes report . . . 
Nothing but hand work on the Celtic Garden, which I'm very happy to report is finished (at least the stitchery part):
Yay!  I'm so pleased with how this turned out and really enjoyed the process as well as the final product.  I know I'll make another of these.

My stash report is unchanged from last week . . . 
Although I will admit that I was wandering around ...

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