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October 1, 2017
October Muggamo from Patterns by Jen

October is here! With it comes frosty mornings and chilly evenings, which means YOU need a mug rug. Thankfully, I have you covered with witches, spider webs and glow in the dark ghosties.

Grab your free mug rug pattern HERE.

What you need:

Five 2 1/2" squares

Two 3 3/8" squares

Two 3 3/8" squares
Mark the diagonal on the wrong side

Side piece:
One 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle

Back and batting:
One 7" x 10" each

One strip 2" x 36"


Match a black square with an ...

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September 16, 2017
Handwork from Love Laugh Quilt

Hand stitching is so satisfying.

I love adding contrasting color to patchwork!

and when the project is small...
I goes so FAST!!!

It made me REALLY want to get going on a bigger quilt!
Just need to get a quilt sandwich made and get GOING!!

These little mug rugs will be gifted soon
with a mug!
Yeah for simple practical little gifts!!
Homemade makes me happy!

Homemade is also nice in the kitchen.
This is an excellent pie that takes NO TIME at all.

I bought a ready made crust
and filled ...

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September 7, 2017
Exchanges, Stitching, Etc. from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Now that they have been received, I can show some of the exchanges I've participated in recently.  There are still a few that have not been received, or finished, so, there will be more to come, in the future.

First, I'm in a pin cushion exchange at Beaquilter.  It's one pin cushion each month, for 3 months.  This is the one I made for Bea, for August.  You can see it again, on her post here, along with about 97 other pin cushions that she has. 

back, using same fabric as I used for her spool ...

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July 31, 2017
Mug Rug: Ugh? Or Luv? from Gefilte Quilt

Mug rug. Ugh. The name reeks of cute. In the quilt world, a mug rug is a mini-quilt upon which one places a cup and a small nosh, maybe a nice piece of pastry. When someone first explained the concept to me a couple of years ago, I thought it was the silliest idea ever. What's next, Carrot Carpets? Munchie Mats? Fondue Flooring? Borscht Blankets? Toothbrush Tapestries?

And if you image-search mug rugs, speaking of toothbrushes, you'll need to use yours - the results are even sweeter than the potential pastries. A lot of mug rugs out there are ...

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July 25, 2017
First Place at the Fair from Sylvia Stitches

Our county fair began this week.  I have never entered my work into any type of judging before, but was so very happy to see my Golden Tapestry with a blue ribbon on it this morning.  

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July 23, 2017
12 Days of Christmas in July, part 3 & Giveaway #3 from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Welcome to my 3rd and final blog post for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop, hosted by Sarah.  Here are the bloggers for today (not including Sarah's blog post).

Sarah is having a great giveaway of Tula Pink's new holiday line, BUT, you have to comment on all the blog posts in the giveaway to enter.  

On my first blog post, I showed you 4 different projects (with a giveaway, too).  On my second blog post, I showed you 4 ...

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June 16, 2017
June Muggamo from Patterns by Jen

It's here! June's Muggamo pattern!

Yes, it's very late, but better late than never? In the midst of plan for my son's graduation open house I realized I hadn't posted the pattern. That was June 6th, already late, and decided I had too much going on to fit it in without adding stress. So here we are, half way through the month. Whoops!

Grab your free pattern HERE.

Fabric Requirements

Dark Purple
4 - 1 7/8" squares
2 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
4 - 2" squares

Light Purple
 1 - 3 1/4" square
2 ...

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June 6, 2017
Painful season from Stitchin' Therapy

  Returning after my leave of absence......While I have been reading some blogs, not much else has been done.   It has been a painful 2 weeks, as nerves seems to be healing/reawakening in my feet and back.  On the one hand I celebrate that I can feel anything including pain, and on the other hand it makes me irritable and cranky.   Changes in weather seems to stir things up even more, and this is the seasonal time for weather patterns to shift and storms to appear.

   Yesterday was a bit better, and I kept looking at the wall hanging ...

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May 26, 2017
Friday Bundle Batch & Giveaway with Fort Worth Fabric Studio from Carried Away Quilting

Today I’m happy to be a guest blogger on the Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Shop owner Jodie has a great eye for putting together unique bundles that cross fabric companies, collections and designers! This week’s bundle is called Cherry Bomb, a rich combination of red and white that is timeless.

When I received this lovely bundle from FWFS, several project ideas ran through my mind.  But I kept coming back to how much I loved the alternating red and white. Sometimes, it seems, the fabrics tell you what to make!

So I decided to ...

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May 24, 2017
Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday! from Thread Head

In honour of Canada's 150th Birthday this year I designed a mug rug pattern to share.

The finished piece is about 9"x14". It uses appliqué and piecing techniques.

I think what really makes this mug rug is the Delectable Mountain quilt blocks used on the sides - they are similar to Maple Leaves on their own.

I used Bali/batik fabric in red and an off-white print (white would be great, but as it is a mug rug I knew stains would happen and this fabric already looked like coffee stains). I am sure two fat quarters would be ...

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May 20, 2017
Bigfoot Sighting In a Beer Mug Rug from Pink Doxies

Bigfoot Is Real!

One thing I would never have put to my name is a Bigfoot quilt, I thought, but I had a passionate request from someone close to me for a king size quilt with Bigfoot on it. This was a good time for me to practice how to talk someone/something down to size, and we continued until I knew it was manageable during this terribly busy season. 

We started with the image of the iconic hairy beast seen so often from his profile on every possible surface. I started with a basic line drawing, tweaked it to ...

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May 9, 2017
QUILTING: Orange Slice Mug Rug from Samelia's Mum

Have you visited the Fortworth Fabric Studio Blog lately? If you haven’t, you must stop on over there very soon. Lindsey creates and shares so many wonderful tutorials regularly.

I’m a part of a FB craft group. It began many years ago on a forum, in the days before Facebook, and now most of us are in this group and it’s a lovely place for everyone to catch up on the latest creations. One of the members organised a little swap for those of us who were interested. Me, being a bit of a sucker for a ...

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May 2, 2017
Curve Pieced Hydrangea Flower Tutorial from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

patchwork tutorial

To mark the arrival of spring I'd like to share with you a nice little flower pattern that would be nice to try for somebody who is learning curve piecing or just wants to add some curvy zest to their piecing. It can look as modern or as traditional as you want it to depending on your fabric choices.

patchwork tutorial

I designed it to go together with my butterfly pattern, it is compatible in size and style and together they can form lots of different layouts. I played with a couple of options for a bed quilt here:

The flower ...

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April 26, 2017
Leukemia Awareness for a Friend from Sylvia Stitches

Cancer Awareness - Items to Sew.
My friend has been in a battle with leukemia.  Hope and pray for her recovery.  I made her a few essentials for some support.

I found the leukemia cancer ribbon fabric at

Made a hand-sanitizer and a tissue cover.  I will post instructions later this week on making an easy tissue cover.

Found an in-the-hoop cancer-awareness mug rug on etsy from the HenZEmbroidery.  Personalized it for my friend.
In-the-Hoop Mug Rug.
The backside of the mug rug is the cancer ribbon fabric.

And a leukemia awareness cancer ribbon tea light cover.  Just because ...

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April 17, 2017
Ostern ist gelb.... from Quilt Collection M.

...und gelb ist wie das Licht und die Sonne. Und wer mag im Augenblick keine Sonne? Damit war meine Farbwahl für das nächste kleine Projekt getroffen. Tatsächlich habe ich einige gelbe Stoffe. Ich konnte also aus meinem Fundus arbeiten.

Bei Katharina habe ich ein schönes Tutorial für ein Osterei-Tassen-Mug Rug gesehen. Gesehen und nachgebastelt. Ein weiteres Tutorial mit gequilteten Osterhäschen zeigt Lori Kennedy. Die beiden Sachen - gestreiftes Osterei und die gequilteten Motive- mal eben verbinden und schon gibt es super schöne Mug Rugs und Tischsets.  Und vor allem kann man wieder einmal wunderbar das Freemotion Quilting üben mit einem netten ...

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Misc from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I've been busy sewing, but, not much to show for it. 

First, one of my groups, Quilt Along,  had a mug rug exchange.  These are the mug rugs I made for the exchange (we were to turn in 3 mug rugs, and get 3 mug rugs back).  I made 4 (one to keep for myself).
2 of my matching mug rugs
I got the idea from Jennifer O's blog, Sewhooked.  She makes lots of paper pieced patterns available (some free, some for a small charge).  She offered this pattern for free, back in February.  I'm not much ...

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April 1, 2017
April Muggamo from Patterns by Jen

Welcome to April's Muggamo tutorial! The great thing about Mug Rugs is that they are great scrap busters. You don't need much to make a cute, functional piece.

Download the pattern here.

Fabric pieces needed

Fabric 1:
1 square 3 1/2"
1 square 2 5/8"

Fabric 2:
2 squares 2 3/8"
2 squares 2", cut once on the diagonal 

Fabric 3:
1 square 4 1/4"
1 square 3 1/2"

Fabric 4:
4 squares 2 3/8" 
Draw a line on the diagonal on the wrong side of each square.

7" x ...

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March 1, 2017
March Muggamo Pattern from Patterns by Jen

Welcome to the March Muggamo pattern! I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. 

There is a little more piecing in this one, but it is all pretty easy. Download the pattern here.

Pieces needed

White background:
Two 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
Two 3 1/4" squares

Black Background:
Two 3 1/2" squares

Light Green:
One 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle
One 1 1/2" x 16" strip

Dark Green:
One 1 1/2" x 16" strip
One 2" x 36" strip for binding ...

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February 27, 2017
Gifts for Mim from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

This week is my week to switch my creative hats. I will not be sewing this week but instead will be working on my scrapbooks. I will be in Seattle all week at my dear friend's house. My friend Monika and I will travel to Mim's where we will eat, talk, drink, talk and oh yeah...scrapbook. Mim and her husband spoil us with their incredible hospitality so it is only natural that I try to spoil her by making a few things that she has hinted at liking.

Giving a handmade gift is one of my favorite ...

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February 24, 2017
Quilt Kisses from MMM Quilts

Yesterday I mentioned all the secret sewing that has been going on over here, and today I can show you one of the projects because it arrived at its new owner's house!  It is one of two DrEAMi! projects that took my focus away from what I should have been doing this month.

This is Quilt Kisses.  You might think, hey, wait a minute, isn't there a blog in QBL by that name?  Yup.  And that is exactly where this mug rug went, to Jasmine, of Quilt Kisses.

Last May I was part of Lara's, Buzzin' Bumble ...

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