With my attention focused on jewelry for the last week, I totally forgot I needed to make and send off a mug rug to one of the ladies in my quilt group. I signed up to participate and then tucked the mail out date deep down in my brain.
Only after I had finished my Bead Soup project did I surface to the top to exhale. I realized my error yesterday. I thought the mail off date was March 9, today. It was actually March 1st!!
Boy, did I feel bad, sad. I sucked. All the others had mailed theirs off. I even received a pretty mug rug with shamrocks from the person who had me in the exchange. Got it yesterday.
I hate it when I agree to do something and then don’t. I feel like I let myself down as well as let down the person it was intended for.
So… since I thought the mail out date was today… I got busy and made it.
It took me two hours from start to finish.
These are some of the fabrics I worked with.
As you can see in the photos, I now have “for real” St Patrick’s Day fabric. Shamrocks!! Two weeks ago I went to JoAnn’s and bought some. Only half yards and Fat Quarters. (I didn’t even need that much.)
I had been looking at this block and wanted to try it. Fabric folding mostly. It was super easy to make. This is the tutorial I used.
I added two quick borders. One in green with swirls and one in black with green shamrocks.
Didn’t bind it. That would have made it the Three Hour Mug Rug. Just stitched around the seams, turned it inside out and stitched along the outside edges.
Then I did a quick quilting. Just loopy loops. Kind of like the green fabric with whirls.
The shamrock on the back was just something I thought to add at the last minute. It was ironed on using Steam-A-Seam2. I love that stuff!!
And done. Now I feel better. Don’t feel like such a loser. It will be late. But better late than never. Hope she likes it. I shipped it off today. Got to the post office with 15 minutes to spare.
Several things I want to mention, in case you plan to make this Cathedral Window block…
- The 2 1/4″ center square didn’t completely cover the folded square so I recut it and added an extra 1/4″. Otherwise you will see the background fabric after folding up the flaps.
- I used my zipper foot to stitch down the flaps to make the “windows”. I could see where I was sewing the whole time and that helped keep the stitches straight.
- I used my walking foot to sew around the seams when sewing my quilt sandwich. I stopped about 1/4″ from each corner before pivoting to the next side. Made the end points nicer on the outside.
- Going to try this block as a pincushion. Should be cute!!