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May 19, 2017
Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rugs Patterns from Cut Stitch and Piece

I'm introducing three new mug rug patterns to brighten your home for spring. The bright primary colours against white, black,  and grey is a crisp combination. You could use these as pot holders as well as mug rugs. They would look lovely in a modern kitchen. They would also be a great gift for an artist or art student. This is a good project for quilters just learning to foundation piece. Instructions assume basic knowledge in foundation piecing. The pattern includes instructions for all three mug rugs.

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April 17, 2017
Monday update: spring flowers from With Strings Attached


Easter weekend was sunny and very warm.  The church service was inspiring.  We had lamb, asparagus, and new potatoes for supper -- I am a holiday-meal traditionalist! (I did try a new dessert recipe: Honey-Walnut Cake . Very good.)


Lots of rain last week flooded the trail at Camp Logan, the part of Illinois Beach State Park where I like to walk. The path is the white patch in the center of the photo, taken Sunday afternoon.















Bloodroot is a wildflower volunteer in the back garden. (There's another along the fence, about 40 feet from this one.)

("Volunteer" was my mother ...

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March 10, 2017
Almost A Full Circle (Whitney, TX) from QuiltinCats

We are back in Whitney, TX.  Travel day was very dreary with some very nasty accidents on the highway.  I wish people would learn to slow down during rain storms.
The weather has been crazy this winter.  A couple of days of hot humid weather followed by a cold front that plummets the temps a good 20 to 30 degrees.  I had so many different clothes hanging up in the closet that I would wear for a couple of hours before changing into something cooler/warmer that the poor closet door would not close anymore! 
I'm not complaining!  I ...

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February 23, 2017
The Blue House – Pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

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This is my latest pattern for mug rugs and coasters. This is a Blue House surrounded by Spring flowers starting to bloom. I had fun adding the flowers, but they are optional.

The Blue House can be made with the appliqué method or the paper-piecing method. I stitched the appliques by hand, but this could be done with a sewing machine. The binding was sewn with a sewing machine on top and by hand on the back. Of course, the binding can entirely be done by machine. You can see examples for both methods in the pictures (mug rug: appliqué ...

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February 18, 2017
We have winners! from Pamela Quilts

I am happy to announce that Mary D, Nancy, Anna Lutz-Brown, and Carolyn Montgomery are the winners of my giveaway!  I have e-mailed all four of you and if you will let me know your mailing addresses I will figure out who gets what and send you some happy mail Monday morning!



Thanks to everyone who entered, it was really fun to see what projects and colors you all liked. I see that a lot of you like blue as much as I do!  Thanks for all the kind words on my projects as well.  I really appreciate the nice ...

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February 16, 2017
Heart in Stripes – Third “rose garden” heart from France Nadeau

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On a Case - pattern at francenadeau.com

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February 14, 2017
Warm Winter (Conroe, TX) from QuiltinCats

We woke this morning to severe thunderstorm warnings while tornado warnings were south of us in the Houston area.  Other than a couple of freeze warnings and this one bad storm, we have had a very pleasant winter.
View of Lake Conroe from our dining room table.
Not bad too shabby, right?
So, where have I been lately?  Well, if I am not outside walking or watching cats, I have been very busy sewing and getting use to our new home.  I have been very bad about taking photos, so here are a few that I took with my phone ...

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February 6, 2017
February Mug Rug! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Tuesday Sampler:  **NEW**!  We have something new for you in 2017!  Join us the first Tuesday of every month to complete a years worth of mug rugs. There is a different mug rug for every month.  Mug rugs are small enough that if you ever wanted to learn applique this is a great chance!  Every month will be a free online pattern!  Most of every mug rug can be made from scraps! The uses are endless! The February Mug rug will be “Swishes and Hearts“ 
When: Tuesday, February 7th @5:30 to 8:30pm.  
Cost: $FREE$ just the cost of ...

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January 18, 2017
Red Cardinal Mug Rug from Cut Stitch and Piece

I love birds and came up with this quick little project for the holiday season. It would be a great last minute gift for the bird lover in your life. Combine it with a cute mug and a packet of hot coco mix.

Purchase it at MY ETSY or MY CRAFTSY

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From: http://www.lochaber.ca/wow-look-whats-on-the-feeder/

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January 12, 2017
On a Case – Pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

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This is my latest pattern for mug rugs and coasters. It is based on a famous character. And his not-less-famous companion.

On a Case is made with the applique method. I stitched the appliques by hand, but this could be done with a sewing machine. I made the quilting with a sewing machine. The binding was sewn with a sewing machine on top and by hand on the back. These steps can entirely be made by hand or with a sewing machine.

The pattern is available in my Craftsy Pattern Store. What material did I used to make it? Black ...

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January 6, 2017
Good-bye 2016 Hello 2017 (Pipe Creek, TX) from QuiltinCats

I hope everyone had a nice time over the holidays.  I spent most of December being lazy and just getting use to our new home.  I managed to get a little organizing done with my stuff that I haven't pulled out for months.  During our move, I found quite a few things that I forgot that I had sitting in my storage bins.  Goodness, so many ideas, so little time!
Okay, a little catching up time....
We spent most of December near Waco, TX.  This time, we decided to visit The Magnolia Market in downtown Waco.  Both Dan and ...

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January 2, 2017
Snowman Coasters from Amy Made That


Hello, Friends!
Happy New Year!

Today I'm sharing some snowman coasters
that I made for a dear friend.



It's so cute in grays and whites, with colorful scarves.
As soon as I shared the pattern photo on Facebook,
my friend asked me if I wanted to make some for her.

{It's hard to say which one of us was most excited!} 

Photo from Annie's e-Patterns Central
Snowman Family Mug Rug Set
I chose some of my Cherry Christmas prints,
by Aneela Hoey for Moda...
and I made each one a wee ...

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December 24, 2016
A Little Knitting from Quilting in the South

 What can I say, I just couldn't stop knitting these slippers.  All in all I think I made 9 pair before I hid the yarn and made myself  turn to other projects.  I can knit them in my sleep and probably did.  But they are fun and, depending on the needle size, could be knit in any size. 

 Slippers even fit with mug rugs. 

 And if one set is good, two sets are perfect.  Hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and warm feet.  What could be better?

 In an effort to find something new to do, and not work ...

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Piggies get Tails! from The Modern Diary

 At work yesterday every time I was on hold I was working on piggy tails.  It was busy so took me about six hours to get all four on!  I then had an easy job in which I sewed the binding on the fourth one but forgot to take pictures of them all!  Now the piggies are separated.  One is at work for me to use, one is going to Norway for Rachel--in 2004 when I went to Norway we stopped at a grocery store with the kids and took silly pictures with the big pig out front (el reiser ...

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December 22, 2016
Piggies, Flamingos and Gnomes, Oh My! from The Modern Diary

 Today was a sewing day at Barb's.  I am all caught up on the mystery so I decided to bring some fabric and one of my new design boards and cut out four of the Penny Pig Mini Quilts by Lori Holt. 
 They were lots of fun to make while we gabbed.
 I forgot to put the tails on before I stitched them up but may figure out how to add one on each of them yet.  I am keeping the one that has yet to be hand stitched down  I am not the best binder in the world ...

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December 20, 2016
No binding mug rugs from Pieced Brain

Remember those leftover blocks  you did not know what to do with? Forget potholders! Enjoy their beauty every day in your studio, office, orby the couch after you transform them into mug rugs.

Mug rugs absorb water, prevent spills, and add color to your day. As you read my previous posts you will see I am a big fan of them. I hope my friends are, too, because I made these for them this Christmas.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make mug rugs without binding:

This four-patch was made with 2-1/2" squares a while ago. Find ...

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Sweetwater Mug Rugs from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!

I'm almost ready for Christmas...how about you?
Earlier this week, the scene was set with some
beautiful snow.

I love to sit near the window with a cup of cocoa
and a little treat.
Hershey's Kisses are my favorite chocolate snack!


Not long ago...
that I couldn't resist.
I ordered one almost before I finished reading the post!
The box of Christmas goodness arrived quickly, 
and I was not disappointed!


I kind of hoard collect Sweetwater fabrics,
and I took great joy in creating a few ...

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December 18, 2016
The last 4 mug rugs.......... from Exuberant Color

I spent most of the day yesterday baking and making fudge.  Last night I sewed the binding on the last four mug rugs that were quilted.  I will have all of the mug rugs for sale on my Wandaful Quilts blog.



I forgot to do the photo update on my wax bulb Amaryllis.  It is getting taller and no sign that it is going to open yet.  I showed it the last 2 weeks on Fridays.

In front of the  bulb are my shortbread cookies.  I made the green spritz cookies also.

It started snowing early last evening and now ...

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December 17, 2016
Baking....... from Exuberant Color

I have baked two batches of spritz cookies so far and will do another two for sure.  Some will be mailed out in a couple days, the rest shared with many in my own area.


I made two batches of Chex mix yesterday.  I only had 5 of the Christmas print bags left from last year.  I didn't see them at the store this year but I'll go back and look again.
I spent and hour trying to clear off table tops in my main floor studio.  I still have a long way to go on it.  I ...

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December 15, 2016
One finish......... from Exuberant Color

I just finished one mug rug yesterday.  The incentive to do it was that it is a gift for my hairdresser and my hair cut is this morning.  Nothing like a deadline to get something done.







She is a non-sewer/quilter so I added my tag so she will know what it is.







How about this for commitment?  30 yards of Hobbs 80/20 batting.  My quilts take an average of 2 yards each so that is 15 quilts.  Since I usually finish about 20 a year it will probably be at least half this size by the end of ...

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