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July 11, 2019
Super Quick Mug Rugs from Quilt Doodle Doodles




It's time to think about Christmas in July. This is the time of year I usually start a project or two to get a jump on the holiday season. Now if I could only keep up with doing a little holiday sewing each month from now until Christmas, I certainly would get a lot done. But I would also be better prepared for the holidays. I like making mug rugs for quick gifts and also for decorating. Did you know that on the bottom of my Snow Globe panel I have included three adorable rectangles featuring snowmen that can ...

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Super Quick Mug Rugs from Quilt Doodle Doodles...




It's time to think about Christmas in July. This is the time of year I usually start a project or two to get a jump on the holiday season. Now if I could only keep up with doing a little holiday sewing each month from now until Christmas, I certainly would get a lot done. But I would also be better prepared for the holidays. I like making mug rugs for quick gifts and also for decorating. Did you know that on the bottom of my Snow Globe panel I have included three adorable rectangles featuring snowmen that can ...

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May 29, 2019
Black & white mug rugs and other things from The Crafty Quilter

Happy Wednesday everyone! I thought I’d share two black & white mug rugs that I’ve finished, a WE CARE update, plus a few other things. Before I get to that, I want to apologize for incorrectly informing you that the Charm Pack Tree Skirt by Fat Quarter Shop was a freebie; it’s not. While Fat Quarter Shop offers many free patterns, this one is available to purchase as a PDF download for $5.98 here.

Charm Pack Tree Skirt pattern by Fat Quarter Shop.  Made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Charm Pack Tree Skirt, a Fat Quarter Shop Pattern
Made by Julie Cefalu

Black & white mug rugs

When we finished our most recent ...

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May 25, 2019
OMG link up and a tip from With Strings Attached






Here are the two mug rugs that were my OMG for May.

Here is the May OMG finish link-up. (Thanks for hosting OMG, Patty!)













This is the second time I've used the State Fair block for a mug rug.  The one here was part of a two-mug-rug-swap back in 2014. (The theme was "summertime," hence the flip flops and State Fair.)

I think it would be fun to use State Fair for a swap with fussy-cut centers.


And the tip:
I use my cutting table to baste quilts. I often had a hard time getting the backing and the ...

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May 17, 2019
Going Patriotic and Christmas from Grandma's Red Needle

To all Norwegians worldwide: 

HAPPY MAY 17TH! 



https://www.etsy.com/listing/233095321/norwegian-flag-mug-rug-quilted-red-white

The last two weeks have been very busy. I've been out of the house almost every day, running errands here and there and only had time for sewing in the late afternoons / evenings. 

The Patriotic Mug Rugs in our shop sold out and I made a few new. For the back, I chose a red fabric with tiny flowers instead of the mottled flag red I've used earlier. 

I thought I was done with Patriotic quilts for awhile, but after searching the net for ...

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May 13, 2019
Weekly update: a movie, a musical, and quilting project progress from With Strings Attached

 I hope everyone had a pleasant Mother's Day! 

We began the week with an afternoon movie -- Red Joan. It didn't get great reviews but we really like Judi Dench, who starred as an elderly woman (which she is!) arrested in 1999 for espionage that she committed in the late 1940's.  It's based on a true story and I promptly put the book on reserve.

We ended the week with an afternoon musical -- Come From Away.  The touring production was in Milwaukee this weekend.  It's the story of the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, who welcomed 6 ...

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March 17, 2019
Spring Mug Rug (cross stitch, hand stitching and quilt) from France Nadeau

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January 3, 2019
New year, new old project from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and welcome to 2019! How is it possible that it's been 19 years since the turn of the century? Even writing that freaks me out!  Not long ago a student wrote in a paper about "the late 1900s." That really did freak me out, as a mid-1900s person myself.

So, did you accomplish everything you planned to over the break?  I did not. I had great plans, but I was so, so burned out on everything that mostly I just watched a ton of movies, read books, wrapped presents, and tried a lot of baking experiments.  In ...

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December 31, 2018
The end is in sight from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's the last day of 2018! While it seems that time just zoomed by, it really didn't. I've had some great long days of work. It sure makes a difference when you're not panicked! Not that I get panicky, but when I end up with two or more jobs to do at the same time - that makes for a less than comfortable situation.

I quilted and bound another quilt for a magazine. It's going in a box today. That is finish number 94 for the year. NO - you can't see it yet, but it ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!



I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.




I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,


Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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November 29, 2018
Looking An Alligator In The Eye (Key West, FL) from QuiltinCats

Well, not quite in the eye, but close enough to get some good photos using my telephoto lens.  On our way to Key West, we spent two nights at the Midway Campgrounds so we could spend the day exploring the area.  With 26 RV sites, we almost had the place to ourselves except for the one family that decided to park only two sites away from us.  

We visited the Oasis Visitor Center at the Big Cypress. just to view the alligators.  
There were only two close enough for us to see from the walk area.  
This guy was directly ...

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August 22, 2018
Rainy Days and Rainy Nights (Foley, AL) from QuiltinCats

We left Texas last week and made it to Foley, AL in two days.  Our first day of travel was uneventful except for driving through pockets of rain.  The second day was more fun as we crossed through Louisana's waterways and many swamps.  I spotted two 2 alligators!   The highlight of my day!

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August 18, 2018
A New Convert and more FLW from The Cozy Quilter


One of my colleagues at work, Sam, has a niece who will soon be celebrating her first birthday. Several months ago, she expressed an interest in quilting so I invited her to come to my house and make an I Spy quilt for her niece's birthday. The first night, Sam picked out fabrics from my extensive collection of I Spy fabrics and cut out 6 1/2" squares.  She laid them out on my design wall and moved them around until she had the arrangement she liked.  The second evening, she started sewing them together to make her quilt ...

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May 27, 2018
Weekly update: part 2, OMG for May from With Strings Attached

I achieved the four parts of my stated One Monthly Goal for May.  Here is the finish link up

Part 1:  two tote bags for the Rotary golf outing raffle

Part 2:  a mug rug for a colleague who's retiring (and another for a friend who graduated from college)

Part 3:  three mug rugs for fellow Buduget & Finance committee members

Part 4:  a tote bag for the Budget & Finance committee chair
















Thanks once again to Patty for sponsoring One Monthly Goal. It helps me focus and achieve!

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May 14, 2018
Weekly update: parts A, B, and C from With Strings Attached

I have three of the four parts of my One Monthly Goal completed.

A -- Two tote bags for the Rotary Golf outing on May 18













B -- A mug rug for a colleague who is retiring (luncheon May 17)  (And while I was at it I made one for a friend who's graduating from Gateway Technical College this coming Tuesday.) 

C -- Three mug rugs for P.E.O. committee members with whom I've served this past year
(presentation June 1).  (Daisies are the P.E.O. flower.)

I am narrowing down ideas for D, a tote bag for the ...

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April 29, 2018
Custom Order, Small Items and a Treasure Box from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Sunday again and time for an update on what I've been up to lately. 

In my previous post I mention I had a custom order to do.


The customer wanted the name 'Lisa' added to it and more hair on the nurse. 
The hair was not a problem, just some FMQ. I don't have an embroidery machine so had to hand embroider 'Lisa'. It's a long time since I've done this kind of embroidery, some ripping, but I think it turned out OK. 

I made a couple of mug rugs from a panel last ...

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April 23, 2018
Weekly update: the three bears from With Strings Attached

Projects this week were like the Three Bears.

Here's Mama Bear (medium):
 The wallhanging is quilted and bound. I have printed the label but haven't sewn it on yet.  I had a heck of a time getting the pinwheels to fit. I measured the center block several times and cut . . . too small! So I had to add coping strips. Then I had to trim the side strips a bit more.  It's 16 x 20.











Here's Papa Bear (large):   This is approx. 52 x 60.  It's the very last round of the guild round robin. My ...

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April 1, 2018
Celebrate with me! Sign Up to download a FREE Summer Mug Rug Book from Cut Stitch and Piece

I was so excited yesterday when I found out my blog was chosen as one of the Top 60 Best Canadian Quilting Blogs by Feedspot.com. To celebrate, I'm giving new subscribers a FREE copy of my Summer Fun Mug Rugs quilting pattern book. Get ready for summer with these cute mug rugs. They would be great for the deck or as hostess gifts for your next BBQ. SIGN UP soon because this offer is available

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March 21, 2018
Spring Equinox (Sutherlin, OR) from QuiltinCats

Spring is here!....or almost here.  Either way, I'm ready to start celebrating spring by getting back on the road and doing some traveling.  We leave on Monday!  We will start with Eugene first before heading south.  Oh, did I mention that we have changed our travel plans?  Yep, the weather is not cooperating.  Instead of heading due east to Bend, we will head south.
On The Cutting Board
I decided to celebrate the beginning of Spring by making new Happy Campers with little gardens.  Only three designs so far.  I'm hoping they will be a big hit ...

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March 19, 2018
Another Red and White Lap Quilt and some Small Items from Grandma's Red Needle

Yesterday was Sunday and 'blog day', but I was too pooped last night to even write a single word. Early Monday morning, cuppa in hand and here we go! :) 

In my previous blog post, I had started working on some mug rugs, finished one as well as a couple of trivets. Monday came and the plan was to hand sew binding on the table runners that have multiplied lately. The goal was to do one each day for one week and they should be done. That never happened, except one small table topper. Progress! Haha!

I got carried away with ...

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