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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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Friday Finds from Stitchin' Therapy

   From this week's pins. Please visit these blogs to see the complete post and details.  I am sure they would love some company!

From Chasing Cottons
 Pop Flower Coasters......a little smaller version of a mug rug..... I found this at Chasing Cottons blog.  She has a good tutorial for construction and the pattern pieces are there too.   I love the op-art style flowers---they remind me of the 60's style art.  Wouldn't they be cute for a border, on a tote bag, or even for a table runner?

must try this technique: A Guide to Board Basting | RIght Sides Together
From Right Sides Together blog

  I have not ...

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January 18, 2015
Sunday Swap: Winter Winds from Becca's Crazy Projects

I belong to the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.  This month we had an opportunity to make mug rugs that have a winter theme.  I stumbled around until it occurred to me that I have the perfect pattern.

This is the Mini Hex N More from Jaybird Quilts.  I've played with the Sidekick and the Super Sidekick but this is the first project with the Mini Hex N More.  I decided that the Mini Northern Lights would be great when done in some of my leftover neutrals from the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt.
I cut down a few strips of ...

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January 14, 2015
Small gifts from Stitchin' Therapy

  When we went for haircuts last week, the first thing Michelle said to me was that her husband stole her mug rug!  I had to giggle....a husband who purloins mug rugs!  Like me, she has a tile counter top in the kitchen, and it quickly chills your morning coffee.  So it seems the husband figured that out and snitched the small gift.  So I made a couple more rugs to share.....they should cool his jets or sticky fingers.

  And what did I get in the mail this week?  Treasures!
I was so excited when I open a small ...

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January 7, 2015
Batiks in the snow from Quilting by the River

Snow Batik Pillow at Freemotion by the River
I am using some of the same fabrics that I used on the pillow I made from the Quick Strip Paper-Piecing class, which reminds me that I need to go back and watch more lessons.
I actually pieced this a while ago using some of the batik scraps I bought at the Calico Hutch in Minnesota in 2013. Where does the time go????? That post is here and you buy packages of fabric by the pound. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a die called Flourish #2. Instead of throwing away the outside part of the cut I just ...

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January 2, 2015
Tis the Season for Mug Rugs from Magpie Quilts

I recently passed 400 likes on my Facebook page and to celebrate, I challenged my readers to post a picture of their favorite mug and I would make a mug rug for the first 5 mugs posted. I ended up with 7 pictures of mugs posted, so I may just end up doing them all, it will just take me a little longer!

Here are the first couple done:

 I am trying some new techniques to me on these mug rugs (or some that are not used very often). The mug rug above for Brenda is using a curved piecing ...

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December 29, 2014
WIP - Sew, Cut & Sew again Woohoo, more UFOs projects, mug... from Living Water Quilter

WIP - Sew, Cut & Sew again

Woohoo, more UFOs projects, mug rugs and a mini quilt, are nearing completion.

The Twister and Disappearing Hourglass are quilt blocks that are sewn and cut and sewn again to make a new and graphically interesting blocks.

Twister block is created with pleasingly arranged squares that are bordered and then cut with a special ruler and sewn again. If you want the twister design to show well, high contrast between neighboring squares is a must.

The Disappearing Hourglass begins with four half square triangles sewn into an hourglass design. The hourglass block is cut, the ...

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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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