November 25, 2014

Teacher's Pet Mug Rugs

One of my blog's most popular posts
has been "Be My Valentine,"
featuring heart-shaped mug rugs.

I've made a few different versions
of these ric-rac trimmed sweeties,
and they never fail to make me happy.

Here's one I made in earth tones - quite different!

When I finished making my hexagons
I had lots of nice scraps of Elementary by Sweetwater.

I patched together this little heart...
perfect for presenting to a favorite teacher.

I really enjoy the process of making these
mug rugs, edged in ric-rac.
The black looks so sharp against the fabrics in this line!

I made a matching one...
they will make great teacher's gifts.

{Whoever gives these will be an instant teacher's pet!}

The backings are pretty, too.

These mug rugs look especially great with a cup of coffee.

Oh, and a cookie really makes the difference between
a good coffee break and a great one!

I found these chocolate-coated biscuits,
and they are soooooo delicious!
Do you have these where you live?

These cookies made great props for my mug rug photos.

{I don't have them any more...not sure where they went...hmmm.}

Luckily, I've still got quite a few of those Elementary scraps.

Maybe a few more of these Teacher's Pet mug rugs will
pop out of my Elementary scrap box.
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November 22, 2014

Central Park Squares Baby Quilt

There's a new baby in my world...
one of my friends has waited for a very long time
for the safe arrival of little Samuel.

I just had to make a quilt for this special little boy!

{ALL babies are very special, but Samuel is truly a miracle.}

Samuel's nursery is filled with animals,
so I started with an animal print
from Kate Spain's Central Park line for Moda.

I found most of these coordinating fabrics at Rose Room Quilts.

I had recently stocked up on polka dots,
and they were fun to use in this quilt.
I love the Ta Dots in Sea...

 the small cream dot in orange from Riley Blake...

and the solid olive green.

My favorite print, though,
was the Random Pencil Check in Linen,
which I used instead of a plain background solid.

I labored {hee hee} over what pattern or design to use,
and in the end, I decided to use colorful squares,
set off by the neutral pencil-check blocks.
Before I knew it, I was ready for the quilting step.

I kept the quilting very simple, 
just stitching 1/4" on each side of the seams.

{I wanted to give this quilt to baby Samuel before he is ready for kindergarten.}

This quilting looks so cool on the back, too!

For the binding,
I chose those happy orange polka dots.

I finished the binding by hand-stitching,
and that is a process I really enjoy.

{Do you like that part, too?}

So there we have it...
just 5 different fabrics, made into a finished quilt, 
ready for a bundle of joy!

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November 11, 2014

Some Guest Posting - Hexagons and Elementary Fabric

Maybe you've noticed already...
I've been doing a bit of guest posting

I just finished a 3-part blog series,
by Sweetwater for Moda.
I had been drooling over this line of fabric
since the first time I saw it...
it must be because we have so many teachers in my extended family!

In Part 1
I test-drove a new-to-me specialty ruler,
I can only begin to describe how FUN this tool is to use.

You can make such a variety of hexagons,
each one using similar simple steps.

There's a video here, that I referred to for lots of ideas.
Sometimes the simplest designs are really stunning.

These hexagons are a lot like snowflakes...
each one unique, and also beautiful.

{Oooooh! I just inspired myself...I think I'll have to try making some in wintery fabrics!}

In Part 2
those hexagons were put to use
when I created Textagon Mug Rugs.

Each of these would make a great gift
for a teacher or a student,
don't you think???

For Part 3
I decided to design a Library Book Bag,
featuring hexagon blocks on the front and the back.

Like it???
You can follow the tutorial to make your own
Library Book Bag.

I've got some leftovers from my fat quarter bundle,
just begging to be made into gifts
for teachers and students.

Stop back soon to see what I'm going to make
with this A+ Elementary fabric

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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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 stitched,
I jazzed it up using The Patchsmith's

I like those missing teeth...
someone's been eating too much candy.

I finished both of these off using my own 
These mug rugs look almost as nice on the back, 
if I say so myself!

I hope you'll have a chance to make your own mug rugs,
then enjoy a nice cup of hot cider 
and a sweet treat this Halloween!

Don't worry, though, if you're too late for Halloween...
pumpkins are welcome all the way through November!

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October 30, 2014

End of October - Across The Pond Sew Along Rag Wreath

This month's
featured a fun project...
rag wreaths!

My sister Susie  over at Susie's Sunroom
created a sweet wreath from a range of plum fabrics.
She added some button details.

Amanda The Patchsmith...
our British "sister"...styled her own
autumn wreath with flannel plaid,
accented with golds, oranges and reds.

When I saw those two projects, I made sure
I took the time to make a rag wreath of my own!
I pulled out a stack of homespun wovens
that have been in my stash for...
ahem...a very long time.

I followed the tutorial by Hiphome for my project,
and I cut my strips about 1 1/2" x 5" or so.
I wouldn't have wanted those strips any shorter,
because they would have been difficult to tie.

My mom and I had a wonderful afternoon
of crafting together, and she created her own
wreath to take home.

My finished wreath looks so full and pretty, 
hung on my front door.

OK...let's be real.
I had to take photos on the front door,
but my wreath will NOT be living there.
The first rainy night or snowy storm
would probably ruin my fluffy wreath.
It's an inside wreath!

I only took the outside photos
so you could see how lovely it is.
It doesn't show up well in my indoor pictures,
but that's where it will really be kept.

{I couldn't get any nice photos of Mom's wreath, but is gorgeous,
hanging in her hallway, against a taupe wall.}

From now through Thanksgiving,
I'll enjoy looking at this lovely textured
autumn palette...I wish you could touch this wreath!

I hope you'll try making one of your own.
If you do, please add it to the 

Come back tomorrow for
another October we finish October!

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