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November 23, 2014
Under the Clumps of Mistletoe (Bridgeport, TX) from QuiltinCats

We are happy to be in Texas with some warmer weather.  There were a couple of cold nights and freeze warnings, but nothing like we had in Oklahoma.  The cats are enjoying their new surroundings.  Plenty of space to roam and explore.  
Hitch and I like the tree across the street from our site.  Somehow, we end up standing under it every time.  Both of us staring up at its big limbs until Hitch decides to climb it.  Well, he tries to climb it.  He gets to the middle of the trunk, stop, reevaluates, and drops to the ground.  I ...

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November 18, 2014
Quilt as You Go Holiday Mug Rugs from Patchwork Posse

I love myself a cup of hot cocoa. Most of the time it is accompanied with a little dipping snack too. I am not one to get all fancy with place settings, but I do love to use a mug rug, or crumb catcher. They are small enough to be tossed into a drawers without hogging a lot of space, and they are super easy to personalize.

mug rug tutorial

Materials Needed:

scraps of fabric for the mug rug top

backing fabric 8″ X 10″

scraps for applique pieces

Applique templates -print from here

Therm O Web HeatnBond® Lite Fusible applique

Therm O ...

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October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! from Amy Made That

Halloween is here!
I've made some new mug rugs to celebrate.

Both patterns are from The Patchsmith.
The first one is the Primitive Pumpkin Mug Rug.
This pattern is available individually,

I had the most fun creating the pumpkin
from a variety of orange fabrics in my stash.
The Patchsmith method was so innovative and easy...
as are all of her designs!

I couldn't resist making a Jack-O-Lantern mug rug, too!

For this mug rug,
Once the basic mug rug was ...

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October 21, 2014
Pincushion Swapping from the confused quilter

I love them!
How about you?

Recently I participated in a great little pincushion side swap with my MQTS* flickr group. 
These little swaps are so much fun!  This round I was assigned Kristin as my partner.  She's a lovely young woman and very talented quilter.  Kristin and I traded a few emails and I spent a lot of time exploring her flickr stream and her flickr favorites trying to get a sense of what kind of pincushion she'd like.  Three things really stuck with me as I was thinking and planning.  I knew from the very ...

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October 18, 2014
Sashiko Mug Rug from Alderwood Quilts

I finished a little sashiko project that I started a long time ago.  It was just a little practice piece that I bordered and lightly quilted with a puffy batting. 

The solid fabric in the center that holds the needlework is called Essex.  It's 50% linen and 50% cotton.  The weave is a bit looser than flat cotton, so it's nice to work with.  The large sashiko needle and thick thread glide between the threads.  The border is Japanese Indigo fabric. 

I love my little mug rug.  Perfect for a drink and a little snack.

I carry Sashiko ...

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October 8, 2014
Guild Exhibition - Part III from Scraps of My Life

Welcome back!

Okay, today I'm sharing the final photos from my quilt guild's 10-year anniversary exhibition from September 26-28.  If you missed part I or part II, please follow these links.

Today is an admittedly random selection of eye candy that I particularly enjoyed for one reason or another.  Rather than drone on, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves but feel free to ask questions if you want more information on a particular piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by; hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of the exhibition, not that this at all even ...

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October 7, 2014
Selvage Mug Rug from Magpie Quilts

Wikipedia defines a selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) as a self-finished edge of fabric. Normally, these are cut off and discarded in the process of making a quilt (or any fabric article), but I've been saving mine for just this kind of project.

Selvage mug rug
A mug rug is a little mini-quilt, larger than a coaster, smaller than a placemat, that you can place your cup and a snack on without it taking up too much space. The beauty of these ones are that they are a great example of making something beautiful out of what ...

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October 2, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

I can't believe that it's October already.
This month is going to be very busy for me, so I'll be taking another break from the rugs.
With that said, here's the winner of the letter "C"
#4 - Suze!
Congratulations to you!
Just leave a comment so we can talk.
Remember, if we can't connect within a week or so, I'll do another random pick.

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September 30, 2014
Around the World Blog Hop! from Marie's Creative Space

Maer over at The Hard-Rock Quilter tagged me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop.  I met Maer @ an online mug rug swap and was BLOWN away with the beautiful pieces of ART she created for me!!  So much more than Mug Rugs!

In answer to Sophie over at Sophie Junction's question "does anyone know who started this? and Or why there isn't a nice long list somewhere of everyone who has blogged an Around the World Blog Hop post?"  My answer is no but I think that like she and Kate over at Kate's ...

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September 19, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

Oh dear I almost forgot to post the winner of the teapot mug rug.

Ayden helped to draw a name. The winner is .............
Congratulations to you!! Again, sorry it took all day to even think about it.

The next next rug is....
Letter "C" done in variegated orange on a blue background. Just leave a comment to be counted. I'll announce a winner on October 2nd.

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September 4, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

Can you believe that it's already September? Wow, this summer is zipping by quickly.  I have been so lazy these few days after doing a lot of canning, baling hay and other farm stuff....I've worn myself out. All I want to do is read and sleep. I haven't even been motivated to blog and that's a big surprise to me. I love blogging....I must have a fever....LOL
The temperature has been divine. Here where I live in central-ish Texas, we have yet to reach 100 degree weather and I doubt we will at ...

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August 25, 2014
Monday Mumblings from Magpie Quilts

Good sunny Monday morning!
I have a huge list of things to get done this week and not sure if I'll actually get anywhere on that list, but blogging seems to be a good way to procrastinate!

American Banner from Moda Coasters - For Sale
Last week we took the RV out for a few days and I took along my sewing machine and a few projects. I've had so many big quilts that I've been working on, and it was a nice change to work on some smaller items and actually see a few finished.
Blue Table ...

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August 21, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

We have a winner for the Java "J" mug's

The Calico Cat!
 Just leave a comment and we'll talk via email.

The next mug rug to give away is.....
I'v been playing around with machine embroidery and discovered this little bunny.
Leave a comment to be counted. I'll announce a winner September 4th.

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August 7, 2014
Mug Rug Thursday from Ravelly1

Wow, I'm back from hay baling, canning and battling wild, crazed birds!!! (see previous post for details)
I am very excited to get back to mug rug give aways. It's much safer and not hard work at all.
Here's what's I've chosen for the first give away of August.

"J" is for Java!
Just leave a comment to be counted.
I will announce a winner on August 21st.

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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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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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February 16, 2014
Broken Herringbone block tutorial from Sew There I was...

This block makes a great mug rug.

The tutorial will also highlight that each time you steam press the fabric with your iron, don't "push" the fabric, just apply the iron and press down on the block. Otherwise, the fabric will be stretched.  Practice trimming and squaring up as you go. There isn't a lot of precise sewing, other than a straight quarter inch seam. 
I was inspired to make this block by this post at Play Crafts. Really detailed instructions and lots of pictures!
Your fabric choices can be all one color, or different colors. They can ...

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February 9, 2014
Mug Rug Tutorial from Saltwater Quilts

Gramercy Mug Rug

I have been playing with these fabrics from the Gramercy collection by Benartex and I came up with a quick mug rug tutorial.  You can find the tutorial and a chance to win a fabric bundle over at their blog Sew in Love {with Fabrics}.  Check it out! (Contest is now closed)

I have shared many mug rugs with you, but I always make them around 8.5" by 5.5" and bind them like a quilt.  This time I decided to change it up a little by making it square and adding a ruffle.  It is a really quick ...

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January 30, 2014
Just had to show you... from All SuziQ

My mugs with mug rug in taupe Bluebird Park bicycle print

...a quartet of my mugs in real life, with one of my mug rugs underneath them!
Happy with the promise of Free Shipping, I ordered 4 of my own mugs from [ my society6 store ] to see how they'd turn out.
They shipped them in a huge box with lots of Big Bubble air wrap. The packaging was great!
And the finished product makes me very happy!

The Blue Sun on same mug rug flipped to Amy Butler side

But a lesson for cross-border orders: the Free Shipping came ...

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January 27, 2014
Just for the Yin & the Yang of It...A Mug Rug Set from The Joy of Sewing...and Quilting, Too!

I Almost Forgot to Post These!

Earlier last year, I started taking Yoga at a wonderful studio in Vancouver, WA. Walking into Shanti (peace) was like coming home to myself, for not only is its staff warm and welcoming, they also provide opportunities to explore your soul purpose, in addition to teaching you how to use your breath to support, understand, and move your body in ways that support you physically and emotionally. I started Yoga on my Dr.'s recommendation to help with chronic low back pain, and it has been immensely helpful.

My experiences at Shanti were a ...

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