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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 10, 2015
How I Spent my Mother's Day. from Sew Simple Life

I did some laundry, spent some time with the kids. My husband is off at a friend's house learning how to build an adirdondack chair, he's supposed to be building two for the deck. Later we are going out for dinner.

I wish I could say I spent the whole day sewing but I didn't. I did however manage to get some sewing done in between loads of laundry and whipped up three patriotic candle mats. I think they're cute. I made these using the periwinkle template I wrote about in this tutorial.

I hope everyone ...

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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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April 24, 2015
Pretty Piggy and Corn Cob - quilt blocks tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts

For each Pretty Piggy block you will need:

Light Pink
2 @ 1.5" x 3.5"
6 @ 1.5" square
2 @ 1.5" x 6.5"
2 @ 1.5" x 2.5"
2 @ 0.75" x 1.25"
1 @ 1.25" x 2.5"
1 @ 2.75" x 4.5"

Dark Pink
4 @ 1.5" x 2.5"
1 @ 1.5" x 4.5"
1 @ 2" x 4.5"
3 @ 1" x 1.5"

4 @ 1.5" square
2 @ 2.5" x 5.5"
1 @ 2.5" x 4.5"
2 @ 2.5" square

2 @ 1.25" square ...

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April 19, 2015
Leftover Quilt Block from Thread Head

When I was stash busting a few weeks ago I found a leftover 7" log cabin block, as well as lots of 1.5"x2.5" pieces. I put them together to form an 11" block. Added 5 light 1.5" strips to one side, then embellished it with appliqué.

All to make a little (11"x16") table mat for my sewing room.  I used two layers of batting (cotton with wool on top - just what I had in that size). The appliqué is invisible machine appliqué. The free motion quilting is done with 100Wt Invisafil thread - straight lines and ...

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April 12, 2015
catching up -- again . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Working forty hours in four days (not to mention the getting ready and commute times of a combined twelve hours) is pretty much kicking my tail!  Don't get me wrong . . . I do love my job.  I love the people that I'm working with and *especially* the association of churches I'm working for!  But it's a very . . . social . . . job and that means for this introvert (not extreme, but definitely more intro- than extro-, it's pretty much exhausting!!

It also makes the balance of my week . . . forty-five hours, give or take, pretty precious. Know what I mean ...

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March 30, 2015
Afternoon Tea Mug Rug from Mommy's Nap Time

Check it out! A tiny fussy mug rug. Of course on such a tiny project it's pretty easy to rationalize using tiny bits of my tiny tiny Liberty stash. These little flowers were lounging in my stash for years - given to me by a dear friend, they were always too precious to use. There comes a time where it just seems right, so that's how this mug rug was born. 

This mug rug was featured in issue 7 of Quilt Now Magazine. You can get a copy by following this link. It's always a joy to have ...

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March 26, 2015
A "Sweet" "Tweet" GIVEAWAY!!!! from It seams to be sew

Enjoying a little free sewing...
and Mug Rugs seem to be a perfect item to always have on hand
to give to friends - new or old!

My first little set of birdies were made 
for a new friend...
I bought the gray background fabric from Joann's and that gorgeous
red floral print is from SWEETWATER favorite designers!

And of course, another 
AUTHENTIC fabric for the back!

I just loved this little muggy rug...

You might find a theme here...

I found this cute fabric at my favorite quilt shop
 in Salado TX at
Christmas this ...

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March 22, 2015
Starbucks Mug Rug and Mug Swap from Jolie Maxtin

This is the mug rug that I made for my {secret} partner in the Spring Round of the Starbucks Mug Rug and Mug Swap.  

You swap a Starbucks You are Here Mug, along with a mug rug.  My partner really wanted a New Orleans mug, which I happen to have an extra of, so...she's getting it! I will say, although the swap was on both Flickr and Instagram, I much prefer Flickr.  I know the app is less than desirable, but my partner had a private IG account.  Really? How am I supposed to stalk you with a ...

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March 16, 2015
Tree Bird Blog Hop! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Thank you Mdm Samm and Lana for this fun Springtime blog hop. Perfect way to start spring... I love watching the birds outside my kitchen and 4 season windows. They keep me entertained as they flit and fly about. I have many wonderful visitors to my various bird feeders. I can count on the Chickadees and Cardinals  to stop by. The Robins like the birdbath. Occasionally a Bluebird or Wood Pecker stops by long enough for me to see them. Once my gardens are blooming then I am graced by the Hummingbirds presence. I especially like to look out for ...

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March 13, 2015
Zakka Style - FWFS Spring Mug Rug Swap from Ella and Nesta's Little Room

The big question is: will my partner like this Spring Mug Rug? Fingers crossed because it is travelling her way in a parcel with quite a few goodies and I have absolutely no idea what her favourite style/s are. Hopefully she will like this combination of spring colours and embroidery:

The fabric is Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, a mini charm I was so lucky to win, thanks to my friend Mara at Secretly Stitching.

The pattern for the appliqué is by the Italian Queen of country style appliqué Veronica Ferrari. She blogs at Veronica Country ...

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March 11, 2015
Fairy Tale Mug Rug Swap Mishap from Quilty Joyjoy

I have been working on a mug rug swap for the past month.  I was almost finished and had binding and a label on my mug rug when I had a big mishap and needed to begin again.

I only had a few days until the mug rug was due to be in the mail.  The first version was hand appliqued and I’d spent time doing some embroidery on the front.  I spent hours and hours and hours on this little mug rug.

Something bled through onto the very light fabric for the face.  It was a very light ...

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March 6, 2015
Coffee Time from Quilting by the River

I seem to have quite a few half finished projects cluttering my quilt studio I decided to work on a couple. This little mug rug just needed some quick quilting and a binding and it was done.
 I cut the design with my Sizzix Big Shot and a die last year.....actually this is the leftover from the design. Sometimes I cut my piece of fabric a little bigger so I can use the inverted design as something else. I used Heat & Bond Lite on the back of the batik fabric.
Batik mug rug from inverted design
Here is the project that started the ...

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February 20, 2015
Tutorial + pattern: Mug hot pad from Craft Gossip

Hot Pad of the Month

These hot pads are so cute they deserve a spot on mine and your to-do-list. To make them, Crafty Staci started with assorted cotton prints, quilt batting and Insul-Bright. Cutting each into a mug shape, she then stacked and sewed them together. She shares on her blog step-by-step instructions along with a downloadble mug pattern so we can make our own. Yes!

Go to Hot Pad of the Month – February Mug, at Crafty Staci.

{Image credit: Crafty Staci}

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February 17, 2015
How to make a Folding Envelope Heart Mug Rug - Tutorial from Ella and Nesta's Little Room

How about a Mug Rug you can fold up into an envelope? Slip a tea bag inside and you have a fun present or a special way to lay the table for a tea party!
We came up with this idea thanks to Ombretta at A Sunday morning with. A few days ago she posted free printables to make paper heart shaped envelopes. We decided to use her template to make a fabric Folding Heart Rug Mug. Ombretta kindly accepted to let us write a tutorial linking to her free printable.

So here's an easy tutorial for making a ...

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February 7, 2015
No more orphan blocks from Elsie Quilts

From classes and experiments and such, I had about 30 orphan blocks (that I could find) so brought them with me on our holidays (and a sewing machine). While hubby was golfing, I sewed them pillowcase style into mug rugs. Some still need the opening for turning sewed up, and they all need a bit of quilting. 

My daughter picked two already. She lives in a humid climate and loves them for soaking up the sweat from a cold glass on a hot day. I've a few ideas of where to send the rest. They are an odd batch ...

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February 3, 2015
Valentine's Day Projects from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Looking for a cute project for Valentine's Day?
These are quick and easy mug rugs that
will be fun to give to your family and friends!

Happy quilting!

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January 2015 Finishes from From Blank Pages . . .

I've decided to make it a goal this year to document all my finishes for the year. I really don't have any idea what all I made last year, though I'd love to go back and compile a list (which I did end up starting HERE. I need to make some cool mosaics to make my list more interesting though). I figure if I blog about each months finishes, that will be much easier to keep track of it all for this year. (Plus it will give me a good excuse to make sure I blog). ;)

January ...

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January 26, 2015
Patchwork Heart Mug Rug Tutorial from Lori H Designs

This is super easy to put together.  But I thought I would write it out just in case anyone wanted to give it a try!

You will need:
106 - 1" squares in low volume prints
 74  - 1" squares in various pink/red prints
12" x 8" piece of batting
12" x 8" piece of backing
Minimum of 50" of binding

Helpful Hints:
1. I starched all fabrics before I started cutting.
2. Make your 1/4" seam as consistent as possible!  There's not extra wiggle room in this project.
3. I sewed mine together in four different quadrants before ...

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January 23, 2015
McKinney MQG February Swap from Lori H Designs

The McKinney MQG is swapping Valentine related mug rugs for our February meeting.  I decided to make a mug rug that had a patchwork heart and I wanted to use 1" squares that would finish 1/2".  So I opened up EQ7 and started playing around and I came up with this.

It's not perfect but working with those tiny squares isn't easy!  I hope whoever receives it will enjoy it.  I also added some extra goodies to the swap package.

I can't wait to see what the other ladies come up with!!  I always love seeing ...

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