Selvage Christmas Tree Mug Rugs…


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Now there are three. I showed you the first one at the beginning of November. And I finished two more in November.

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Made with 100% cotton, mostly Christmas themed fabrics.

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Here’s a closeup of the selvages I used to form the tree.

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Mug rugs measure approximately 12″ to 13″.

They can also be hung on the wall. Each one has hanging triangle tabs in the back. Just stick in a small rod. Or they can be dangled in a window by tying a piece of thread or string around the button in the back.

These Christmas tree mug rugs are fun to make and I would probably make more but I want to move on to a new project. Next!! :D

Selvage Christmas Tree Mug Rug


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Since I already had my selvages spread all over my craft tables, it made sense that I would keep working with them, right.

So many ideas. Little zippered bags. Birthday cake mug rug. Christmas Tree.

Ah. Christmas Tree. Perfect for this time of year. That’s what I decided to make.

So easy since the selvage strips are mostly the length I needed. A few needed a chop here and a fussy cut there. Two of these strips have a personal meaning.

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First, the MBT at the top. Though this is name of the fabric manufacturer, to me it represents my first full time job. At Michigan Bell Telephone Company. One of the Baby Bells. (Which is now history. Just a memory.) Started there in November 1967. Ended up staying 18 years.

And second. The one with the words Telegraph Road. So happens we have a Telegraph Road in our area. It is a major, major main road. Like a mini expressway. Go fast or leave your car at home. I learned to drive on that road. I have fond memories of all the middle fingers some very nice people used to thrust up at me.

OK… I think that is enough of going Down Memory Lane. :D

Back to my tree. After deciding which selvages to use, I stitched them down to white quilted fabric. I love this stuff.

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I bought it at JoAnn’s about five years ago. Never could decide what to use it for. Just perfect for this project.

The side borders were easy too. I auditioned a few searching for something Christmasy that was long enough.

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And settled on these three. Quilting was Stitch-In-The-Ditch following the grid lines of the quilted fabric.

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The backing was a piece of Christmas fabric pulled from my scraps. Used the same for the binding.

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I put little triangle tabs on the back so it can be hung on the wall.

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And done!! Mug rug or wall hanging.

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My favorite. How sweet is this little selvage.

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I have more in the works. Unless I get bored, the plan is to make about six trees before Christmas. To give as gifts or put in my Etsy shop.

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If you have any selvages, try it yourself. Make up a few of these trees. Quick and cute!!

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Linking to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/11/finish-it-up-friday-11212.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/11/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-lets-hear-it-for_2.html

http://www.conniekresin.com/2012/10/linky-party-tuesday_30.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/10/30/manic-monday-linky-party-50/

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/10/we-did-it-wednesday_30.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2012/11/link-finish-friday-39.html

http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/11/03/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-5/

Three Ticks For My Denim Quilt


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Tick #1: My first time working with denim on a quilt. Oh, what a Hard Head I have!!

Tick #2: Counts as one of my SS Holiday Table Mats.

Tick #3: I get to cross it off my MAY To Do list.


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Before deciding to use denim as the backing for my picnic blanket/table topper, I did my research. I wanted to see what pros and cons other quilters had to say about sewing with denim. Most information available was about rag quilts. But they did say new quilters might be intimidated, don’t use batting, would be heavy to manage.

Here’s where my Hard Head got even harder and told me I could do this. I had plans for loops, swirls, even stippling.

I practiced beforehand. On paper to get a feel. And on my sewing machine. The practice ones were so-so. (That should have been my clue.)

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Here I am, ready to free motion quilt.

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Well, the experts were right about two things. I should have left out the batting. No doubt quilting would have been easier. No matter what I tried, the loops and swirls bunched up into a bird’s nest in the back. Tried different types of thread. Different tension settings. Nothing worked. I ended up quilting straight lines. And it was HEAVY!! I used a folding chair on both sides of me to hold the weight. But INTIMIDATED!! Nope. I will try anything. Once. :D

I took my quilt for a drive. Here it is keeping my Jeep warm. :D

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These shots were taken at my city’s Recreation Park. I saw people sneaking glances at me but they didn’t ask what I was doing. I had planned to tell them I was a newspaper photographer. LOL!!

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It measures 47″ by 51″. Here’s how I made it.

  • 4″ squares
  • Disappearing 9 patch blocks
  • 6″ navy polka dot borders
  • 3 1/2″ red polka dot bias binding

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I really love it.


My next project also uses red, white and blue fabrics. I got all of these on sale at JoAnn’s.

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I signed up for a Patriotic Mug Rug Swap in my quilt group. Mail out date was yesterday. Guess I had better get started. Mine will be a day late. :D


My charity pillowcase project is still going strong. Batch #4, 12 pillowcases, is finished. I added them to 12 others and mailed off two dozen.

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I am just thrilled to pieces working on these. I get to use up fabrics just sitting. Fabrics I bought when I was first building my stash and still hadn’t decided what to do with. Sort of purging the stacks. Feels good.

I also collected up dental supplies accumulated over the last few years.

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Hubby and I both go to the dentist four times a year and a lot of dental supplies start to collect in those cute Toothy Smiley bags. Only so many toothbrushes and dental floss can a person use. I am donating these to the charity center too. I had intended to donate small tubes of toothpaste from our dentist. Had a boatload of them. Did you know toothpaste has an expiration date? I didn’t. Thank goodness I checked. They had all expired so I trashed them.

Well… got to go. Need to work on my Day Late Patriotic Mug Rug.

What are your plans for the 4th of July?


Linking to…

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/02/manic-monday-linky-party-41/

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/06/we-did-it-wednesday_26.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/06/linky-party-tueday-20.html

SS Holiday: St Patrick’s Day Table Topper


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I wanted to make a St Patrick’s Day quilt. Something small. Table topper for my SS Holiday series or a wall hanging. Maybe even a mug rug. I have a St Pat’s Mug Rug project due soon in my quilt group that I needed to be thinking about.

I have lots of green fabric but none in what I would consider a true St Pat’s green. A bright kelly green. And nothing even close to a traditional St Patrick’s Day fabric (think green shamrocks). Not wanting to add to my ever increasing stash, I decided to make do. Make it work!!.

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And “making it work” means just that. Time to put on the BLINDERS. Time to block out what has gone on before. Time to just make what I want with whatever colors and fabrics I want.

This was my Inspiration Fabric. Some green. Even cups and mugs. Perfect!!

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These are the fabrics and colors I picked from my stash. I cut little 1 1/2″ squares from each.

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Brown polka dots would be the center, the base to build around.

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I Googled shamrock template and found a couple I could use. The largest one, I enlarged it twice to make two slightly bigger shamrocks. Then I ironed lightweight Pellon to the backs.

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Here I am testing shamrock placement and a green border.

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I used Steam-A-Seam2 to hold the shamrocks in place.

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And now ready to applique.

Well, actually ready to test out the Blanket Stitch on my sewing machine. But first, since I had dusted off my sewing machine manual and WAS READING IT (be still my heart)… I did a bit of Twin Needle stitching. Yuck!! Don’t know about you but not my cup of tea. It bunched in the back so I removed all of it.

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OK, back to applique blanket stitching. Here’s my practice piece. (You can see my twin needle practicing here too.)

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Ready to sew. Blanket stitching we go!! My 1st time ever doing it.

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Applique done. Quilting done.

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Ready for the binding. I selected this color to bring in the shamrock navy.

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And FINISHED!! Ready to place on a table or hang on the wall. It measures 22″ by 17″.

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You can read about my SS Holiday series here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/s-s-holiday-table-runners-for-the-holidays/


What are your plans for St Patrick’s Day? Are you sewing anything?


Linking up to:

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/finish-it-up-friday-week-17.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-busy-week.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/02/linky-party-tuesday_28.html

http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/03/pink-saturday-march-17-2012.html

SS Holiday #1: Merry Christmas!!


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Merry Christmas everyone!!

Here’s wishing you have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.

I made this table runner just for you. It is my first in my SS Holiday series. It was made from all scraps except for the borders and back.

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Thanks again for being one of my loyal blog followers!! You are the best!!

S.S. Holiday: Table Runners For The Holidays


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Something new….

I am always thinking about ways to use my fabric stash. I get an idea, so excited!! Make one or two, get bored. Or run out of steam. Then I sit and wait for the next idea to pop up. But I just thought of an idea with “LEGS”. A perfect ongoing project. I can use both stash and scraps.

I am going to call my idea the S.S. Holiday. S and S for STASH and SCRAPS. And HOLIDAY. I will make table runners for whichever holiday catches my fancy.

And not just the in-your-face, decorations everywhere holidays. Such as Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween. Think whimsical, unusual, funny and silly.

I will make at least one a month, maybe more. Depends on how much time I have and which holidays I already have fabric for. No doubt I will buy new fabric so I won’t commit to only using stash. But I won’t go overboard. A Fat Quarter here and there. Even just a half yard will be more than enough should I see a fabric PERFECT for a holiday.

I have my first table runner almost finished. You will have to come back to see it. :D

What is your FAVORITE HOLIDAY?