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?