Birthdays and String Blocks


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Between relatives and friends, I have five birthdays coming up this month.

I like to give handmade crafty gifts so since I am on a String Block kick, I decided to make a few mug rugs.

This mug was my inspiration.

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I pulled out all different fabrics and colors from my scrap bin. And then ended up using WAY too many colors in the first mug rug.

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That yellow strip down the center should have been white. Even hubby gave the same critique. He has a great eye for colors.

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For the second mug rug, I used a bit of control. Tried not to go overboard. The white strips help separate all the different colors. Your eye has a spot to settle on and not go all cross-eyed. 😀

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I decided on turquoise blue gingham for the back and binding. For both. I don’t normally work with gingham. Out of my comfort zone but surprisingly I was pleased with the result.

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The first mug rug has a plain back but for the 2nd one, I freemotion quilted a daisy flower to the backing and batting.

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Then sandwiched it to the top and quilted with wavy lines.

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Mug rug measures 11″ by 11″. One of the five will be getting this set. 😀


Next, I plan to make one or two mug rugs from this fabric pull. I will use scraps where I can.

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I am thinking Log Cabin with a fussy cut center square of the Happy Birthday fabric. Isn’t that yellow fabric with the numbers different? Like a tape measure. Could also represent how old the birthday celebrator will be. Cool!!

Well, that does it for me. I am still working on my Hugs and Kisses quilt top. I will post photos in a day or two. May need your help in deciding something.


Hope you had a great holiday weekend and are still enjoying today. Do something relaxing and fun. Did you get any crafting done?

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8 comments on “Birthdays and String Blocks

  1. Darling mug rugs. Love them both. Your pile of fabrics look like so much fun… what a great stack to play with!

  2. Betty Lou says:

    I think you picked up the colors beautifully. Love little print with party party. I’m so hesitant to give anyone something I have made lately: a lap quilt I made for someone a year and half ago was sold at her garage sale this summer—–new.. Ouch!

  3. Kay says:

    These are fab! You have a very lucky relative.

  4. Lennette says:

    I absolutely love the mug rugs!!!! You have the most amazing eye for color!!! I wish I had half your talent!!!

  5. Lillian Dummer says:

    Mug rug what a great Idea. I must make one of these.

  6. Lillian Dummer says:

    I sure miss getting your site so glad I got it back.

  7. Lillian Dummer says:

    Lol Lol lol my Birthday was Aug. 1st.

  8. don_mae says:

    Hi everyone, glad you stopped by.

    Cyn, I love working with colors. That pile is just the tip of the iceberg. I have no idea how I accumulated so many scraps in just a short time. I’ll be making mug rugs for months. 😀

    Betty Lou, thank you. That party-party strip was cut from fabric I got at JoAnn’s. I thought it would look cute as a separate strip. Sure wish I didn’t have to ruin the strip above and below it. But oh well, I like it.

    Kay, thanks much. I ended up sending it to one of the friends. Relative will get something else, LOL!!

    Lennette, boy I wish I had all of YOUR talent. Thanks much.

    Oh look!! There’s Lillian!! How the heck are you!! Sorry I missed your birthday. Happy belated birthday. Glad you found me again.

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