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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

Pincushions!  
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!

http://thehard-rockquilter.blogspot.com/

http://thehard-rockquilter.blogspot.com/


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 .............
Tammy!
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 rug.............it's


The Calico Cat!
 Congratulations!!
 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 26, 2014
Teacher's presents from Espritpatch

So today was finally the last day of term for the kids, the summer holiday has officially started and it will be very short with just under 6 weeks off. And of course, last night, I was frantically finishing the teacher's presents. I made some little key pouches from Heidi's tutorial (similar to the one I made last week for the sample swap at the Fat Quarterly Retreat). In total I made 10 of these little pouches: 1 as a trial that I kept for myself, 3 for the sample swaps, 5 for the teachers and 1 ...

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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

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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
Chantal!!
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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