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October 5, 2015
Fall Pumpkin Mug Rug Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

quilt as you go mug rugs pumpkin

Fall is in the air…. cooler nights, lovely sun sets, gardens are full.  I love seeing pumpkins on peoples front porches.  So big and orange!  Such a fun color that gets to pop out once a year. It’s not a color that I have around my house a lot…so this time of year is extra […]

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September 28, 2015
Small stitching on Sunday: a mug rug from Nita Dances

I’ve been wanting to try a technique that I’ve admired for awhile: a combination of machine applique and embroidery.

009So today I pulled out my bins of fabric scraps and got busy. Luckily, I had a few scraps of Wrenly left over from a quilt I made last year. The Wrenly birds were perfect for fussy cutting the windows.007It’s called a mug rug, which is an unlovely name for such a lovely thing. Basically, a mug rug is an over-sized coaster. Something pretty to put your coffee cup on, great for personalizing your desk at work ...

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August 15, 2015
Mug Rug from Happy Turtle

This was an improv block I turned into a mug rug. I like the quilting on this. I think I'm going to use those wavy lines when I quilt my Improv Quilt.

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Mug Rug from Happy Turtle

This was an improv block I turned into a mug rug. I like the quilting on this. I think I'm going to use those wavy lines when I quilt my Improv Quilt.

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August 6, 2015
Selvage Mug Rug from Creations by Melinda

A month or so ago we had a special projects day at Allatoona focusing on selvages.  We were each given a kit to make a mug rug – only selvages needed to be added.  I have no shortage of selvages so I made my mug rug but never showed it.  Here it is.

0715 Selvage Mug Rug

I really want to start another selvage quilt but I can’t seem to decide on a pattern.  I keep seeing patterns I like and haven’t been able to settle on one.

I also worked on my Christmas quilt today.  I have most of the rows put ...

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July 29, 2015
Revised Project Cutting List from Stitchin' Therapy

Project Cutting List  Rev. 2

  I noticed a huge surge in stats yesterday that seemed to be coming from Facebook.   I thought over 1,000 views was a little bit odd for my blog!
Sure enough,  the Project Cutting List had been shared there.....which is fine.
  One of the comments suggested an added column to check off  when  completed.  I liked that, so a little revision was needed.
  If you are seeing this for the first time.....I put together this chart to help me when cutting a block with multiple sizes of pieces.  I had a minor mistake ...

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July 10, 2015
Lots of small things from Stitchin' Therapy

  No great finds this week.....blogland seems to in the middle of summer vapors, and things are slow.  If you discover any good finds, let me know and I will share them next week.

I have been working on small things...snack mats and mug rugs all week.  I worked with everything from strings to hunks, threw in some appliques and leftovers.  These are practical ones, not necessarily beauties.

 I did a pair using this fabric for Remy.   While he was helping his Dad sort through boxes of stored items, he discovered "treasures"......a bag of fishing lures that were ...

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June 25, 2015
Sewing Selvages again... from Butterfly Threads

I don't know if it was because of these pincushions I made a couple of weeks ago...

Or if it was because of the mug rugs I stitched...

But I was in the mood to sew with some more selvages last weekend. So I made a few or 20 of these blocks. They are very satisfying to sew and kind of 'mindless' so I don't have to think too hard. I really enjoy choosing the selvages and remembering the fabrics and which quilts I used them in. I also enjoy thinking about the sweet friends who have given ...

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June 23, 2015
Free pattern: July Candle Mat from Craft Gossip

July Fire Cracker

Get your spark on with this adorable candle mat measuring a mere 9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″. This makes it doable before the fireworks start.  The pattern is offered on Connecting Threads, and best of all, it’s a free download. Product description:

This beautiful candle mat is Old Glory, and a fire cracker set to celebrate. What’s July without the red, white, and blue?

Click the link below to get the Fourth of July pattern. Note: You will need to have the latest version of Adobe; they provide a link.

July Candle Mat by Mari Martin ...

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June 16, 2015
Easy Maple Leaf Mug Rug from Patchwork Posse


Hi! My name is Ula and I blog over at Lulu & Celeste. I like to share the things that I sew and create for (and with) my two little girls, Silly Bean, aged 5, and Miss V, almost 2. Mainly up to this point, this has involved pattern testing and blog tours which have been […]

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June 15, 2015
Making a Mug Rug from Stitches of Joi

The Modern Quilt Guild Individual Members group put on a pretty cool swap recently. The group decided to do a mug rug swap. Several of us participated in the swap, me included. I had never made a mug rug before and wasn't even really sure what they were. But I love the challenge of making something I've never made before.

So, from my understanding a mug rug is simply a drink coaster on Viagra. Bigger then a normal coaster, but not fully a placemat, a mug rug holds not only your coffee/tea mug, but also has room ...

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June 13, 2015
Ice Tea Recipe and a Cozy.... from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

 At Spring market this year, a coffee shop made these wonderful peach-ginger iced teas. Oh my goodness they were yummy and I drank several while at the convention center. Well I watched them make it and have figured out how to make my own here at home. You will need to brew some tea.... I made a pitcher of English Black Tea, but Green Tea will work too. To make Peach Ginger Ice Tea you will need;

A pitcher of strongly brewed tea
Sparkling water

To make a glass of this yummy tea ...

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June 6, 2015
I actually have done some sewing this week... from Butterfly Threads

I know it might be hard to tell from this blog, but I have sewn some this week. I've also been busy with lots of other stuff. But mostly I've been getting ready for the East Cobb Quilt Show next week. I have been restocking my patterns, pricing everything, making little pincushions and mug rugs to sell, and designing how I'm going to cram  display all of these treasures in one little booth!

I even have two new patterns to debut at the show, as well as a wool kit, some fabrics and small bundles! I hope ...

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June 4, 2015
String Block Mug Rug from The Quilting Room with Mel

I realized yesterday that my mug rug by my sewing machine was Christmas fabric.  While I am planning a Christmas theme for July, I didn't really want Christmas in my sewing room in June.  I also wanted something that I could knock out in an afternoon.  So I dug out those string blocks that I've been making.  Six of those, a little batting, and some premade binding I had a new mug rug.  For those who don't know a mug rug is bigger than a coaster.  It's so you have room for your mug and maybe ...

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June 3, 2015
time flies . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

When you're having fun.  And when you get to be *my* age, even when you're NOT having fun, it flies.  Seriously!!

But mostly, even at work, I'm having fun.  I can hardly believe the month of May has come and gone and it's June! I spent time stitching and visiting grandbabies and my parents through the month, did some traveling for work . . . anyway, let me pull out the pics!

First, I finished up stitching on Ellie's and Everley's little dresses:
These are so sweet!  I can't wait to see them in them!

I ...

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May 28, 2015
Slow slow WIP from Sew Sunshine

Last night our guild met up and had a little make and take mug rug project. I made this one up for the sample and just had the binding to finish.   I have been so out of tune with sewing for the whole month that it just feels good to actually finish something no matter how small.  :) Finally have a bit of sunshine to go with that little accomplishment! I used Allison's tutorial on how to

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May 2, 2015
Mug Rug Swap from Brisbane to Lakeland Florida from ColorBar Quilts

Wow I have been missing in action for a while. Sorry about that. Working full time is wiping me out.   I have done a few things like set my sewing room back up and now it is spread through out the house.  

I have loaded my second quilt on my frame but have not finished it yet.  Hopefully soon.  

This morning I realised I had forgot to share my mug rug that I made for a swap between Lakeland Florida Modern Quilt Guild and Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild.  This was very challenging since when I signed up I did not ...

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