Inspiration From A Coffee Mug…

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Another one bites the dust… I get to cross this off the MAY To-Do List. But first let me tell you about it.

I found this cute mug at the Salvation Army Thrift Store last year. In fact, they had two exactly alike. I got them both. I knew I would make something just wasn’t sure what. On and off, I auditioned fabrics. Nothing quite matched perfectly.

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I think I changed out the fabrics three different times. Never did find the exact shade of peach. I even took the mug with me to JoAnn’s.

So.. I decided matchy, matchy is OK for your wardrobe but not necessary for quilting. Can’t pigeonhole my quilting into Matchy Matchy. Stifles my creativity. Anything goes with quilting.

Here’s my Anything Goes. Two pincushions. (Only one was on my To-Do List.) A mug rug and a zippered pouch.

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I still have one block left to decide what to make with it. And about a handful of scraps.

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I am having a blast working with zippers. Each time the result “on the ends” is different. I keep experimenting, trying to get a polished look. I will get there. I will keep trying.

The pouch is long and wide enough for lots of sewing supplies. It has a pocket with a divider down the center, making two pockets.

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I have learned so much in 1 1/2 years of quilting. I am now using less thread due to discovering Leaders and Enders. When I first read about L and E, I thought what the heck are they talking about. So I did a Google search, read about it, and thought, hmmm, that’s a great idea. Now I try to have something ready to stitch up next to my sewing machine. No sense wasting thread if you don’t have to. Chain sewing.

Here I am working on two projects. L and E.

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My red/white/blue quilt. Which BTW is now back to a table mat. A tablecloth. I can probably still use it as a picnic blanket if I want. The borders are sewn.

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Next, I have to sandwich it and get it ready to quilt. And that baby is going to be coming off the MAY To-Do List soon!! 😀

Wait until you see all the new quilt books I bought. Yummy!!

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8 comments on “Inspiration From A Coffee Mug…

  1. Sharon B says:

    So cute, love what you did! As a newbie, I would not have been so creative – but I am beginning to think more “Quiltiy”

  2. Great colors in your mug rug, pin cushions, and pouch. I love zipper pouches, I keep my hexies in one for taking with me everywhere.

  3. Laurie says:

    What great colours!!! Absolutely LOVE your pouch!!

  4. Connie says:

    Cute, cute, cute!! Love the inspiration from the coffee cup and the colors are so beautiful! I don’t know which is my favorite! Thanks for sharing.
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

  5. Amanda says:

    I love your colors and how you made several matching items! I would have never thought of making a mug rug that matches pincushions, but I do drink a lot of hot drinks near my sewing machine so it makes a lot of sense.

  6. Carol says:

    What a fantastic marketing idea…cup with matching mug rug. I don’t think I’ve seen that before…leave it to you.

    I received my zippers yesterday. Thank you for such a nice selection. BTW, I thought of a project for the orange one as soon as I saw it. Its a perfect match for a piece of fabric that is sitting on my table right now waiting for me to start a project.

    Thanks again
    xx, Carol

  7. I love using dishes as inspiration! There are some great ones out there. You did such a great job of matching your colors!

  8. Sarah C. says:

    Such a wealth of gorgeousness inspired by a coffee mug! I love all your pretty projects – Whoop whoop!!

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