I Am Having A Tea Party


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Welcome to my Tea Party!! 😀

I had sooo much fun making this Tea Party set. Table mat, rug mug and oven mitt.

It started off with this fabric which I LOVE. (Tea Patchwork (Color B) Japanese fabric by Yuwa Live)

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Fussy cutting the sections I wanted to use stopped my heart a bit. Had to breath in deeply and just do it. Sad that I had to ruin the sections around the one I wanted. But I am thinking what great “scraps” I will have. And you know how much I love scraps. I will use the ruined pieces in other projects.

Anyhoo… I made the rug mug first. Loved the look. Decided it needed something to sit on. Made the table mat. And after eyeballing the leftovers, knew I could stretch them and make one more item. An oven mitt!! Perfect to complete the set, don’t you think.

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Loving the yellow. Loving the blue. I rarely work with either. The yellow is just the right touch to bring thoughts of Spring. The feeling of sun warming your face. In my parts, the sun can’t make up its mind. Here one minute. Gone the next. It is still kind of cool. The heat is still on. So looking forward to being able to open all the windows in the house.

Well, thanks for joining me for tea. Stay a while, put your feet up. Sip a bit. 😀

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(Oh, I forgot to tell you. I quilted the set on my new sewing machine. So far it is working out great!!)


Linking up to…

http://simplymissluella.blogspot.com/

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/04/linky-tuesday.html

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/kid-potential.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/late-link-finish-friday-60.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-whats-your-big.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2013/03/we-did-it-wednesday_26.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/really-random-thursday-32813_28.html

Binding Day: Done, Done and Done


OK… as you know, I had a “quilting day” last Saturday. It was National Quilting Day. I showed you the three projects I finished quilting.

Well, yesterday was Binding Day.

Binding Project #1.

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I used this Michael Miller yellow fabric with huge white dots to bind my little Tea Party rug mug. Binding is 2 1/2″ folded, machine stitched to the front, then machine stitched in the ditch from the front to sew the backside. I pinned from the back and then slowly sewed while keeping an eye on the pins on the underside. I removed the pins as I approached.

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I used deep plum thread on the top and yellow bobbin thread. I have to tell ya. I LOVE how this turned out. And definitely will make another.


Binding Project #2.

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I bought this WILD fabric (Alexander Henry) a couple years ago and have been auditioning it for many, many projects. But it got tossed back on the shelf more times than not. BUT for this little ticker tape mat, it was perfect.

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I was trying for a wider look so I cut the binding 3″. But wish now that I had cut 2 1/2″ instead. It folded up on the back a tad bit more than I wanted. But other than that, it came out ok when I machine stitched the backside.


Binding Project #3.

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I call this fabric the “tape measure” fabric because that is what it reminds me of.

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This one I did cut 3″ binding strips and left an eighth inch of batting showing to give the binding a wider look.

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Not sure of the brand name/manufacturer for this yellow fabric. Will have to dive into my selvage bin to see if I still have it.

So, that is what I did on my Binding Day.

Have you tried machine stitching the binding back? Or do you prefer to hand stitch the back? Do tell..


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/soft-kitty.html

What I Did On National Quilting Day


Last Saturday was National Quilting Day. So, I thought I would stop all that piecing and sewing and quilt something. Something easy. Easy and quick. Nothing like instant gratification to put a smile on your face.

I started with this little mug rug. (It could be a mini wall hanging.)

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I fussy cut the cup from this fabric. I love it!!

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Simple Log Cabin style. As I was just about finished and ready for the last round, I remembered my American Jane fabric had similar flowers as those around the tea cup. And what do you know. They were perfect. Quilting was a few straight lines. Didn’t want to quilt the tea cup.

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This is the back.

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Now just have to decide what to use for the binding. Probably the yellow.


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Next I quilted this table mat. Triple wavy lines.

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I created the mat months ago… from all those small scrap pieces I have lots of. To bring a bit of order to the scrappiness, I purposely mixed in the yellow tape measure fabric here and there.

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The back is just as functional as the front. Tired of the front? Flip it.

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For the binding, if I have enough, I will use the yellow tape measure fabric.


Lastly, I quilted something I started months ago. A ticker tape little quilt with the raw edged pieces sewn on top of pre-quilted white fabric.

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It was the 2nd one I made and had planned to finish it and put both in my Etsy shop. BUT the first took so long to make (after I kept adding stuff), that I was plum tuckered out and didn’t finish the second one. It ended up in the dust collecting UFO pile. Quilting was diagonal lines following the pattern of the pre-quilted fabric.

This is what the first one looks like finished.

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Now I wish I had put the Go Green on the second one. Kinda cute, huh?

So… that is how I spent last Saturday, National Quilting Day.

What all did you do? Do tell.


Linking up to…

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/03/linky-tuesday_19.html

Paper Pieced Mug Rug Is Finished!!


Can someone tell me why I was so stressed out when I started this last Sunday? 😀

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Shhh… don’t tell anyone but I think I am softening up to paper piecing. I like it much better than I did a few days ago.

Mug rug measures 10 3/4″ square. I put hanging tabs (triangles) on the back so it can be used as a little wall hanging also. I did just a bit of quilting. Only straight lines outlining the “branches” and all around the green border. With the focus on the trees, it didn’t need a lot of extra stitching.

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Off it goes in the mail in the morning. It is going to my Winter Themed Mug Rug swap partner. Hope she likes it!!

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Thank you so much for the comments you left about your own paper piecing experience and for giving me encouragement not to give up.


Want to know how I am coming along on my green scrappy braid quilt top? It is going nicely.

I worked on it in between working on the mug rug. I now have 11 panels completed with plans for one last one to make it an even twelve. And then I will sew the panels together.

Originally I wanted to add sashing but now I think it will be too much green as you are looking across it. And I don’t want to bring in another color. The border I am going to add should give the eye somewhere to rest.

I am pleased with how it looks thus far. Wait until you see how many scraps I used up. Will have to take a new photo of my green scrap bag to show you. But for now… here is what it looks like up on my design wall.

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I ran out of the green fabric I need for the border. It should be here in a few days. Hopefully I can get this project finished soon. Don’t need to add to my UFO’s. 😀


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/01/pezzy-complete.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/01/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-keeping.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/01/link-finish-friday-49.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/01/really-random-thursdayfriday-11113.html

My September Roundup


Not many projects were finished in September. But if there had been a contest for pieces made, I probably would have won.

I made….

  • 22 charity pillowcases
  • 126 Hugs and Kisses blocks
  • 12 String blocks
  • 40 String Circles
  • 3 Birthday mug rugs
  • 1 Quilt top quilted

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This was my last finish for the month. A Birthday Mug Rug. When you last saw it, it looked like this.

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I decided to go smaller and ditched the other half-square triangles (HST’s). Just went with the yellow dotted ones for the front. For the back, I used royal blue HST’s and fussy cut a square of balloons. I love how this turned out and probably would have made more but boredom forced me to move on.

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Whew!! Made it!! Met my monthly goal of 20 charity pillowcases. I actually made 22.

Here’s Batch 7.

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My favorites in this batch are the basketball pillowcase and the yellow one. The yellow one is pieced and fabric strips sewn onto muslin. It took FOREVER so I only made one.

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I like seeing them all piled high in a great big stack. Makes me feel like I really worked hard. 😀

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Now I am up to 128 total pillowcases. I am 28 ahead of schedule. (I started in May.)


These are up on my design wall. No clue YET what I will do with them.

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I guess you would call them String Circles. I was just in a “get rid of some of these scraps” mood and made one, then another and another.

And before I knew it, I had been making them for two days. I do think whatever I make, I will separate the darker ones from the rainbow colors and make two different projects. No rush on whatever I will make. They can stay up on my design wall until I need the space for something else.

Cause…

Right now, this has my attention.


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Yep, working on basting it.

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Do you see the purple quilt top I was telling you about? The one I made last year. It will now be the backing for my umbrella quilt. So glad to finally use it for something. It had been folded for so long, I had to press out the wrinkles.

Well, that does it for me. Got to go plan my projects for October. I know I want to make up a couple Halloween things. Maybe a table runner. Also I want to use up more of my HST’s. 16 down. 1000 to go. Plus I want to finish up at least two UFO’s. Lots to do. Lots for you to see. BBL

OHHH… I forgot… do come back in a day or two. I feel a giveaway coming on. 😀

Take care. What Fall projects are you working on?

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?

Christmas In July Mug Rug Set


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I guess it is OK to show you this now. It has been mailed and opened by the recipient. You got a sneak peek last week of the fabrics but I couldn’t show you what I was making. Didn’t want my Christmas In July Secret Sister in my quilt group to see it. She reads my blog.

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Anyhoo… I found this set at JoAnn’s in December last year. A Christmas mug with matching hanging metal plaque.

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I couldn’t resist. Too cute and perfect for gift giving. The decision to make a mug rug was made a couple days before the mailout deadline. So I had to work quickly. Pieced together the blocks and got it made. No time for stepping away to look at it throughout the process to see if I liked it. Like I usually do. Just sew and go.

Started off with these blocks. (Actually I was practicing for something I would make later.)

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The “X” in the center was purely by accident. When I saw it, I thought, hmmm, could stand for the X in the abbreviated spelling of Christmas. XMAS.

Added scallops and dots.

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Quilting was fast and easy too. Diagonal lines across the surface of the mug rug. Then arched lines following the edges of the ironed on scallops. And lastly, double circles inside the dots. Steam-A-Seam2 held them in place as I sewed. I love that stuff!!

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I like how it came out. No pattern. Made it up as I went. The scallops and dots idea came from the mug.

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Had I allowed more time, I would have figured out how to add a flat fabric bow down the center. Adding buttons was considered. But I kept thinking they might cause a spill and I certainly didn’t want that. So, no buttons. Would have been cute though, right?

I had fun making the mug rug to go with the Crafty Christmas Set. Hope my Secret Sister likes it!!


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/07/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-fun-in-sun-and.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/07/linky-party-tuesday-23.html

Patriotic Mug Rug… Is Finished!!


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That didn’t take long. I spent a couple hours making this mug rug today. The longest part was cutting the squares and after sewing them, trimming to exactly 3 1/2″. Even with my 3 1/2″ square little ruler and revolving cutting mat, it still took time and patience to get the squares cut right. I don’t do “points” well, hate flying geese, or whatever they are called. Only because I can’t seem to get the points lined up nicely. So I carefully trimmed the squares.

I think I did OK with these. May even give “on point” another try.

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I wanted to make a beverage cozy to go with the mug rug but ran out of time. Maybe I will put it on my To-Make list for later. It is one of those small projects I keep meaning to try.

This is what I used as inspiration to design my mug rug. Mine is more like a placemat. A little larger than the usual mug rug.

http://quilterscache.com/G/GloryinScrapsBlock.html

Starting with the large star half triangle in the upper left corner and two rows in diagonally. Then I just did the reverse coming down to the bottom right corner. I liked the original design and plan to make a few blocks per the pattern.

This is the back. Plain and simple.

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Hope my Swap Partner likes her Patriotic Mug Rug. I added a little something extra to make up for my tardy mailing. 😀


Linking to…

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/07/we-did-it-wednesday.html

Two Hour Mug Rug… Made and Shipped


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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.

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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.)

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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.

http://spottedstone.blogspot.com/2010/07/cathedral-window-tutorial.html

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I added two quick borders. One in green with swirls and one in black with green shamrocks.

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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.

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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!!

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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!!