March Ends On A High

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Already eight days into April and I haven’t even finished posting about my March projects. Bad Donna!! Bad. Bad. (Better late, than never, right?)

I had a GREAT March as far as sewing projects go even though I was so obsessed with not wasting thread that every thing I sewed had a “pause.” A pause for me to grab a scrap and sew it to something.

You’ve heard of Distracted Drivers. Well, have you heard of a Distracted Sewer? That’s me. I can get off track 10 times in an hour. But in my mind, my method of sewing is organized chaos. At the end of the day, as I am turning off the light to my sewing machine, I look around to visually tally up what I managed to start, move along or complete.

Here are those starts, move alongs and completes…

Charity Pillowcases

First off, speaking of “high” up there in my title post, I got it from this guy.

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One of the twenty-four charity pillows cases for March. I have to say this batch, Batch 12, was for the guys. Spiderman and basketballs. I have favorites in every batch. Love these. That red, white and black one was my pieced pillowcase for the month. I am trying to do one a month that is patchwork.

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Sixty-six made so far this year. I am six over target.


ScrappyTripAroundtheWorld Quilt Blocks (STATW)

My STATW blocks are finished.

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I am using 36 blocks (12 1/2″ square) for my quilt. I made more than the 36 since I couldn’t make up my mind on which shade of burgundy I liked best for the center of each block. So, silly me, ended up with 27 extra blocks.

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I will either use the extra blocks for a charity quilt or give them away.

Also, the chopped off ends of each strip will be made into a pillow.

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I am using the darker burgundy for sashing.

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The plan is to make a long, long slender pillow. Will have to see how far I can stretch those chopped ends.


Block of the Month Quilt

This quilt is a project from one of my quilt groups. It won’t be finished until around the end of November or early December. Each month I get a new block to make. For March we had to make two.

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You can see I now have five blocks completed.

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Seven to go. Going to be fun deciding on the sashing, borders and binding.


Crumbs Quilt

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I am LOVING this!! All from my little bits and pieces of scraps. My Crumbs. So excited to see it grow. I have been working on and off for a month. I need to set aside some time to work on it more this month. With the pieces so tiny, it takes a while to create.

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What you see up on my design wall, took hours and hours and hours. Days!! 😀


5 by 5 Quilt

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Not sure what I will do with these blocks but I will add a few more colors and hopefully an idea will pop up. I had way too many 2 1/2″ squares cut and wanted to use up some of them. I have seen a few quilts made with these 25 square color blocks and they look really pretty.


You already saw these. I quilted them in March.

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So, that does it for closing out March. April will be about quilting some of my UFO’s and bonding with my new sewing machine. I have been practicing free motion quilting on it. Getting the setting and tension to my liking. Still learning what all it can do.

What about you? Are you on track to finish up some of your UFO’s? Do tell.

Boxed Mug Rug Gift Set


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The idea for this fabric box came from this site.

http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/december2010/SMSHappyHostessBox3.pdf

Of course, I changed it up a bit. Made it larger and rectangular instead of square. Also loaded up on Pellon to make it sturdier. I ironed on interfacing on top and bottom and also sewed in a piece of really heavy Pellon on the bottom.

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And added a removable carrying handle. I LOVE the SnapSetter. So easy to use. A few pounds with the hammer and the snaps attach quickly and smoothly. It is one of my favorite gadgets.

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The mug rugs, four of them, fit inside the box.

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I made them with 2″ squares. Quilting was simple diagonal lines.

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I am just about finished with a second set. Just need to tack the sides down to the fabric box and add the handle.

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They were easy to make. Just time consuming. A lot of pressing. And my ironing board is in another room. Lots of walking.

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I am going to make several more sets. Getting things together for my Christmas craft shows. Will make perfect gifts.

More Mug Rugs… Have a Cookie!!

All finished…… Don’t know if I would eat cookies off them. Wouldn’t these be cute for a little girl’s room. Playing with her dolls. Tea Time. Too cute!! 😀

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As you probably guessed, I am loving quilting. I like looking at all the designs in books and on the net. Then I take what I like and go off on my own and make up my own creations. And I am learning sooo much. Everyday is something new.

BUT… some parts of quilting gives me pause. Like sticking the bent quilter’s pins in the quilt sandwich.

Let me ask you quilters a question…….. How do you avoid the pin holes?

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I carefully insert the pins but I feel like I am damaging the fabric. I see holes. BIG holes. Ugh!! Other than use my regular sewing pins, which would scratch up my hands and arms, I don’t know how to prevent the holes.

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For this set, I quilted in one fourth inch columns. I didn’t use any aids. Just eyeballed it. Some of the lines are uneven but it looks ok to me. Looks GREAT to me. As a new quilter.

Adding the binding was kind of tricky. I pieced the fabrics together and when I pinned it, I had to make sure the seams weren’t near a corner. That is, after I made the mistake of doing so. Lesson learned!!

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The daisy fabric was a Fat Quarter. One Fat Quarter. Can you believe I managed to get four mug rugs and the binding from that one 18″ by 22″ piece? Careful measuring and careful cutting.

Well… that does it for now. You will have to come back to see what else I am working on.

Auditioning Fabric For Bindings and Mug Rugs

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Hi everyone, been a while. But I have been busy. VERY busy.

Making fun Mug Rugs. If you have never heard of them, they are the equivalent of a coaster and a placemat. Larger than the former and smaller than the latter.

Deciding on which fabric to use for the binding has taken days. Yes, I really do mean DAYS. Since you know hand sewing is my least favorite part of quilting, I wanted to make absolutely sure my choice would be perfect.

So…. I tried out several.

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It was still hard deciding. I guess it is best to let the “squares” decide. And look at them through my camera lenses. I can eliminate a lot of yucks just with this one step.

BTW, I created these mug rugs by cutting 5″ by 5″ fabric charms into four 2 1/2″ squares. The ones with pinked edges gave me fits!! Why do companies pink the edges? Don’t they know about fabric waste. And trying to match up the sides is a total PITA!! I ended up cutting off most of them before sewing.

Anyhoo… back to what I was telling you. I have almost 20 mug rugs in the works. Some sewn, quilt sandwiches made, some quilted ready for binding and some bindings waiting to be hand sewn. I think the fun part is selecting the fabrics and sewing them together. I love that step!!

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These photos show more mug rugs. Adding in a few novelty squares. I am going to use red polka dots for the back and probably bind them with black fabric with tiny white dots. I’ll keep making them until I run out of little squares.

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What do you think of my POINTS?

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Looking good, huh? I figured out the trick to getting them almost perfect. The trick is don’t skimp when making the fold in the corners. Let it extend out a bit. Like a hang over. That little extra allows the corners to point out and lay flat.

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What else have I been working on……. I made a few things with the cat fabric I showed you a couple weeks ago. But more on that later. Need to finish them up and take photos.