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July 18, 2014
Modern Quilting for The Bitchy Stitcher from Becca's Crazy Projects

WARNING:  If you think quilting isn't funny, or are easily offended by (im)mature language, I recommend you stop reading now.  You've been warned.

Back in April of this year, The Bitchy Stitcher wrote a fun post that tickled my funny bone.  I set out to make some of her amazing modern quilts.  In miniature.  I also found a short thread (that I can't find now) over on the Quilting Board where there was some butt-hurt that lasted about three posts until someone pointed out that her new book, Modern Quilting:  F*ck Yeah!, was a joke ...

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July 14, 2014
happy bastille day . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

How does one make excuses when one has faltered at the blogging wheel, so to speak?  One doesn't (at least this one doesn't) . . . one just marches blithely on and picks up where she left off.  Haha!

Why I feel compelled to post *today* . . . with the first night of VBS just hours away . . . I have NO idea! Haha!  It's how I roll.  I'm so excited about our VBS (Vacation Bible School), though.  We've got a great week of fun and songs and food and good teaching ahead! We spent yesterday evening decorating up the church for ...

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Summertime Rules ! from Slightly Off Quilter


I am so excited to be participating in the Summertime Mug Rug Swap over at The Quilting Gallery ! I got my swap partners name a few weeks ago in the middle of the move, and we have been talking via e-mail for the past couple weeks.  Her name is Debbie and she is from Australia ! I am so excited to have an Aussie partner !

The theme for this swap is Summertime, obviously, but we were encouraged to talk to our partners and decide between ourselves how we wanted to interpret that theme. Debbie and I are so much on the ...

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July 10, 2014
Coffee at the Cabin from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

One thing I love is spending time up north. Coffee outside by the dock first thing in the morning is one of my favorite things. I have to say in the top ten. I have been busy in my studio having fun sewing and I made this cute mug rug. Yes I know, another mug rug, but I don't think I will ever tire of them. They are quick and easy to make. Not to mention, super cute! I just cut my usual size backing, batting and front, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" ... for this one I ...

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Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

The winner of Froggy is #15 Lefuntz. 
Congratulations to you!!! Just leave a comment so that we can talk!!

Wow, my summer is in full swing what with gardening, canning, cutting and baling hay and many other happening that life has thrown my way so I'm going on a hiatus from Mug Rug Thursday for awhile but I'll be back after life settles down. I should be able to post once a week but who knows!!

I hope everyone is having a great month of July. I say that instead of "summer" because some of my blogging friends ...

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June 26, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

I can't believe that June is almost gone. We're having unusual rain here in central Texas. Yesterday, in a matter of three hours we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. My garden loved it.

Speaking of gardens, I've already picked my first batch of cukes (AKA - cucumbers) & made 9 pints & 2 quarts of sweet pickles.
Now for drawing for the birdhouse. 
The winner is
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so we can talk.
The next mug rug in the give away is "froggy".
Leave a comment to be counted.
I'll announce a ...

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June 23, 2014
Paper Piecing Tutorial & Free Mug Rug Pattern from Patchwork Posse

Perfection is pursued by a lot of sewers.  There are a few ways we can achieve perfection is through pinning, cutting corretly and paper piecing.

Paper Piecing can be a tricky technique.  But, really when you understand it, the possiblities are endless!  There is no stopping what you can print and sew.  You name the topic, you can find it in a paper piecing pattern.

Mug Rug tutorial - learn paper piecing technique | patchwork posse #quilting #tutorial

This project is perfect for your scraps bag.  Snatch up some fabric scraps and print off the pattern.  You will be sewing 1 mushroom of each kind. So one copy is just fine.

Understand that ...

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June 13, 2014
Jungle Ave Mug Rug from Mommy's Nap Time

I was lucky enough to help out with Sara Lawson's quilt market prep - which was super fun (any time I get the chance to sew with other people I'm all for it!). Afterward, Sara sent me some of her brand new Jungle Ave fabrics, and a set of her Aurifil thread collection. Naturally I went right to work making something fabulous with it. 

I made a tiny little mug rug (measuring at about 7" across). I'm pretty much in love with it. The fabric is a dream to work with, and I quilted it using a layer ...

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June 12, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

The winner of Letter "C" is Bonnie.
 Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so that we can chat via email.

Next mug rug up is another birdhouse. I used fabric from my stash of landscape scraps. I can just imagine a little birdie nesting in the birdhouse.
Leave a comment to be counted and remember to read my NON-reply note near the top of my blog to allow me to contact you if you are a NON-reply-er!!
I'll announce a winner June 26th.

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June 9, 2014
All Small Three: Day One from Wedding Dress Blue

Today features a mug rug or snack mat by Sneezerville.  The quilting really caught my eye.  Plus, it used two inch squares.  What is not to love?!


I was concerned about the size–at about 7″ it would be a little small if you have a large mug or prefer substantial (multi-cookie) snacks. Then I realized that the tutorial writer had used 1/2″ seam allowances, not the standard 1/4″ used for quilting.  Well, that changes things.

The new dimensions for the finished piece are 9″ x 10-1/2″.  The four pieces of background fabric should be 5″ x ...

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Monday, Monday from Ravelly1

Don't forget to get counted for my "big give-away" by commenting HERE!

It's Design Wall Monday, again and I've been cleaning for the give-away but I did get in some design work for a mug rug that I'll be giving away one of these days.

I love making silhouettes.
Can you tell it's a dog??

Next, I did a silhouette of "The Duke" John Wayne.
On this particular one, I worked from the bottom up.

Remember, I'm using my favorite fabric adhesive, Steam-a-Seam, which
 I should have bought stock in.....LOL

It's ...

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June 1, 2014
Quickie Hot Pad coffee mat from From My Carolina Home

I wanted something new to set my coffee on in the morning.  The quilt block I have been using was looking a little sad.  I still have way too much sewing motif fabric, so here goes another project.   I found this book in my private library.  It is all small pieced blocks, no paper piecing, so I thought the tea cup would be a good start.


I pulled some fabrics, cut out the bitty pieces.  It only took about 15 minutes to do the teacup.


Then sew the teacup in sections as the pattern shows.


But I wanted it bigger ...

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May 29, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

First, a bit of canning news. I got my hands on two pounds of fresh strawberries.....stuffed my face with alot of them and canned the rest into a delicious jam. 
BTW...I tried some of the jam on a fantastic slice of loaf cake I made over the holiday and OMG, it tasted just like strawberry shortcake without the whipped cream. I probably gained several pounds but I'm not getting on the scales to check.....hehehehehehe

The winner of the Emu is............Kathy L.
Congratulations to you. I'm sure you know the drill, just leave a ...

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May 25, 2014
Teaching My Son To Sew! from In Stitches

My son is 8 years old. He’s growing like a weed and venturing out into new and unexplored territory. This Spring he played baseball for the first time and he’s reading more and more.

It’s hard to believe that this baby…

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Is now this boy…

And after all the years of watching me sew, he’s now interested in it himself. After I brought my sewing machine home from the repair shop, he’s been very curious about the story behind it and what I use it for. He’s watched me repair his costumes and create ...

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May 15, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

The winner of Ms. Giriffe is #20 Linny!!
Congratulations to you. Leave a comment so we can chat.

Next mug rug give away is "Stepping Emu."
Just comment to be counted. I'll have a drawing May 29th.
I've been gardening, baling hay & watching the baby calves running around with their tails in the air.
I hope everyone is enjoying Spring as much as I am!
One of these days I'll get back to the old sewing room and all that fabric.

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May 12, 2014
Surprise ! from Butterfly Threads

Look what a wonderful surprise I got in the mail this week!! My sweet friend Diane from Ohio (whom I met through a mug rug swap) sent this adorable mug rug for me. She must really know me well because it is PERFECT! I have never heard the phrase...A yawn is a silent scream for coffee...but it describes me so well. I'm enjoying it now with a hot mug of coffee. Thank you so very much Diane, you're the best!!!

And this little kitty spent hours in this basket just after I emptied it out. She ...

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Scrapping Away ! from Slightly Off Quilter

In my never ending quest to use the overwhelming supply of scraps that I have accumulated over the last 18 months I decided that pot holders were going to be on the list ! These allow me to make a dent in my fabric scraps but in my batting scraps as well !  They are […]

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May 1, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

I'm back to my old self finally....whew! It was a struggle but I managed it.
So here's the latest give away. 
"Ms. Gariffe" is up for grabs. Just leave a comment to be counted. I'll announce a winner on May 15th.
To Commenters.......
If I don't respond to your comment about this post, it means you are a non-replyer & that means if you win the mug rug I'll have no way to contact you.
I know this is frustrating for everyone involved so please read the "Reminder note" near the top of my blog ...

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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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