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October 23, 2018
Peek A Who? Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors of the leaves and the cooler days. The smell of a bonfire and pumpkin spice just warms my soul. Fall is my time of year. The fact that I'm a Halloween junkie just fuels this love. I have no problem with coming up with new Halloween decorations and ideas. I even dress the dogs up to greet the trick or treaters that come to the door. This year Maddie is going to be a pack of French fries and Belvedere is going to be a devil dog ...

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Peek A Who? Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors of the leaves and the cooler days. The smell of a bonfire and pumpkin spice just warms my soul. Fall is my time of year. The fact that I'm a Halloween junkie just fuels this love. I have no problem with coming up with new Halloween decorations and ideas. I even dress the dogs up to greet the trick or treaters that come to the door. This year Maddie is going to be a pack of French fries and Belvedere is going to be a devil dog ...

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October 4, 2018
Pretty autumn mug rug quilted with Happy Cloud Batting from Carried Away Quilting


Today I want to share a product that is new to me, Happy Cloud Batting, an exclusive line of batting from Fat Quarter Shop. Recently the kind folks at FQS sent me a few packages to play with, and I’m so glad they did. I broke into a package of 80/20 Silky Blend precut 10” squares and used one to quilt a little autumn mug rug I pieced.


Typically I use 100% cotton batting for the small projects I quilt, but I have to say that I love the texture and slight loft of this 80/20 cotton ...

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September 15, 2018
multifarious mug rugs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This week has been a bit topsy turvy with a lot of personal stuff I won't go into (you're welcome). But I *did* manage to stitch up two more little acorn mug rugs . . .
I think I learned lessons from the first one and I was most pleased with the construction process the second go'round. These two still need to be quilted, and I'll get to that this weekend (the good Lord willing).

I got my hexie pumpkin mug rug sandwiched and started hand quilting on it . . .
I still have a ways to go, but again, there ...

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September 9, 2018
fall's fluttering in . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a fairly productive week . . . I love having a bunch of little handwork projects to work on because I can skip around and work in the evenings and at lunch time without a lot of fuss, and I get things done!
So now, along with the acorn mug rug, I've finished my little harvest stitchery mug rug.  I really love how that turned out! It used a nice, wide variety of embroidery stitches, and I even learned a new one -- the wheatear or wheat stitch. Can you tell which one that is (aside from it being the ...

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September 2, 2018
five day weekends are da bomb . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's right.  I took Thursday and Monday's a holiday, so five day weekend. Bliss!
I've gotten a lot started and finished so far, too! I told you about my idea for an acorn mug rug, right? How that? Concept to actualization! It was a little tricky, but worth the effort. I'll probably make at least one more of these ... maybe two or three!

I was bullied into encouraged to finish the patriotic topper . . .
Really pleased with how this turned out, especially since I did use the pillowcase method to finish it. That's kinda hard to ...

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September 1, 2018
can it be . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Y'all.  Tomorrow is the LAST day of August, which means Saturday is the FIRST day of September, aka the FIRST day of calendar fall (as opposed to astronomical fall which begins with the September equinox--on the 22nd--this year).
WHAT???!  I think my 'all caps' tell you how I feel about this.

Sigh. This year is going by so very fast. And the summer's gone by even faster! Probably because I spent most of it in a sling. You think? Speaking of that, the right shoulder continues to heal and I continue to do physical therapy. Yesterday I consulted ...

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August 23, 2018
Mummy Mug Rug *Free Pattern* from Gray Barn Designs

Hello!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

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Sandy asked me to share her Mummy Mug Rug Pattern with you because she is still playing catch up from her vacation with me in Ohio AND it’s back to school time…yikes!

Isn’t this the cutest pattern?  It’s the third pattern in Sandy’s “Spooky Scary Mug Rug Series”.  You can also find the patterns for two other Spooky Scary mug rugs by clicking on our “Free Patterns” tab.  Scroll down and you will find the “Vlad Vampire” and “Frank N. Stein” patterns to keep your Mummy company ...

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June 25, 2018
Three Quilts for Three Musketeers from Sew Preeti Quilts

The assignment was simple - Make a quilt from old baby clothes.
The tricky part - Not one, not two, but three quilts.


Getting the fabric ready for a t-shirt (or onesie) quilt is a slow, labored process.
The painful (for me) part of the whole process is cutting up perfectly nice and cute baby clothes.  It generates a lot of trash - seams, buttons, zippers and oddly shaped fabric slivers.

Aligning fabric pieces on SF101

The tedious part - interfacing each piece of salvaged fabric.  This is slow, because I cannot hurriedly iron over it. Holding the iron down in each section for ...

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June 18, 2018
Summertime Scrapping from Zeedlebeezmom


It's summer!!!  One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is to go through my "scrap bags" to see what I can make without going to the store to buy more fabric.  My scrap bags are not a hodge-podge of random scraps.  They are designer fabric collections that I keep together in one bag.  I have bags and bags and bags of these scraps.  I also have many. many different colors of solid flannels, minkie and fleece.  Sometimes opening a bag is like a surprise gift.  I had forgotten how beautiful it was or that I might ...

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May 28, 2018
Lisa's Mug Rug from Rana Quilts



Lisa took my free motion quilting class at The Sewing Machine Exchange earlier this month. I love seeing student projects--and this one is terrific--love the design and the fabric with the bird is so great. Look it up! A small project like this is a perfect opportunity to practice new skills. Go quilt!



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March 9, 2018
Four Reversible Quilt Related Mug Rugs - Project Quilting from For Quilts Sake

Four reversible quilt-related mug rugs, 10.5" x 8.25" each, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 5: A Stitch in Time, Mar. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "A Stitch in Time":

Literally or figuratively interpret the idiom "a stitch in time saves nine"

So seven years ago I bought some little fabric panels with a print that had comfy arm chairs with quilts on them, plus the same quilt with all twelve blocks showing, but I didn't know what I was going to do with them. So for almost every ...

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March 6, 2018
Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up ...

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Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up ...

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February 24, 2018
Sewing & Embroidery Round-up from Sylvia Stitches



I've done a smorgasbord of various embroidery, sewing, and in-the-hoop projects over the last couple of months.  Thought I could go through them here for inspiration and list their pattern and design sources...

Holly-day Jiffy Jacket

At the Original Sew & Quilt Expo last fall, I stopped at Jennifer Amor's booth and picked up this jacket-from-a-sweatshirt pattern and kit.  I've been wanting to try and make a jacket from a sweatshirt.  I thought this pattern was cute, but what I really liked was that she had a kit available  All of the materials where already precut, and included ...

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February 15, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including products from Hobbs and Aurifil.

My second project as an Island Batik Ambassador was to make a small Valentine for a friend. I opted to make two mug rugs in honor of Galentine’s Day, a celebration of some of my best gal pals.

 

I chose to use four of the fabrics from my Valentine's Island Batik bundle. As soon as I saw the bundle I knew I had to feature the print on the top (which I think is Mixed Berry Mini Dots from ...

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February 13, 2018
Galentine's Day Mug Rug from MMM Quilts

Happy Galentine's Day! This is my first challenge, and project post as a new ambassador this year for Island Batik, and I am very excited to show you what I did with supplies they, along with Aurifil and Hobbs Batting provided.


Galentine's Day, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with this newer day of celebration is when we celebrate our girlfriends, aka gal pals. I am blessed with many good women friends, IRL, in QBL and in crossover land between those two! I made two mug rugs because it doesn't take much more time to ...

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Galentine's Day Mug Rug from MMM Quilts

Happy Galentine's Day! This is my first challenge, and project post as a new ambassador this year for Island Batik, and I am very excited to show you what I did with supplies they, along with Aurifil and Hobbs Batting provided.


Galentine's Day, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with this newer day of celebration is when we celebrate our girlfriends, aka gal pals. I am blessed with many good women friends, IRL, in QBL and in crossover land between those two! I made two mug rugs because it doesn't take much more time to ...

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February 12, 2018
Sewing in the Rain from Gray Barn Designs

It was a rainy weekend here in Ohio and I was recovering from a terrible cold.  I was down but not out!  I just sewed and sewed and sewed.  Here are some of my masterpieces (if I do say so myself)!

I made this Sweet Heart Mug Rug for my friend who loves cats (you can download our  free pattern by clicking on this link:  Sweet Heart Mug Rug).  Aren’t these cats the cutest?  They are left over from some Cotton + Steel fabric scraps I had on hand.

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Here’s another mug rug using pink, white and lime green ...

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February 7, 2018
Celebrating GALentine’s Day from If These Threads Could Talk

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First things first… I am an Island Batik Ambassador!!!  I am so excited to have been accepted as apart of this talented group of quilters.  Island Batik Company has been around for over 15 years providing quality products and outstanding customer service.

Island Batik Ambassador’s are from all over the world.  As an Island Batik Ambassador, I will be sharing their fabric lines and projects to help inspire you.  Every month there will be something new to share.

I am one of those people who can’t stand to be late.  Even when I try to not to be ...

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