Eight Is Enough and An Oven Mitt


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Eight it is… Tired. Don’t want to make anymore.

Isn’t it tough to keep making the same thing and trying to get them all to match up?

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Yep, it is. At some point you are ready to move on to the next project EVEN before you finish up what you have been working on for DAYS!! Now you see why there are so many Works In Progress out there in Crafty Land. WIP’s just sitting waiting for you to circle back to them. Pushed aside from Sheer Boredom. You are probably thinking about some cool new fabric you just bought and want to cut into.

Me? I have Halloween on the brain.

I want to get started working with these.

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And these.

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And these.

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But FIRST, I need to sew the tops and bottoms together for these eight placemats.

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Was going to stop at six but kept thinking that was odd. Odd number. Two sets of 3 each. If you look at the three connected together, looks like something is missing. I think it should be just two or at least four. (BTW, I changed my mind on the how to arrange the pie pieces. I like this arrangement better. The eyes can land on a spot and not get you all silly dizzy.)

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So, I made two more. To make two sets of four. Different arrangements.

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And I need to get them quilted. No binding. Just edge to edge, turn inside out and quilt.

With the leftover fabric, I am going to make a couple of oven mitts. I have been wanting to try my hand at oven mittens for some time. I have a pattern somewhere around here that I bought. Too lazy to go find it, so I searched on the net. Found lots and lots of patterns. Fabric, yarn, felt. Google “oven mitt” and you will find hundreds.

And after a while, they all start to look the same. Even the directions begin to blend together. BUT… you can make the traditional mitt that looks like you traced your hand or make the puppet style. There’s even one that looks like a “feminine product” (if you get what I mean). Oval shaped that you slip both hands into. Another one I saw was made up as an apron with attached mitts. Like those snow suits for little kids with gloves dangling. I kid you not. For real.

I’m going to go all traditional for my first one. Safe. Here’s what it looks like cut out. I hope I did this right.

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More photos in a day or two.

Waaaaaa.

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I WANT TO WORK ON MY HALLOWEEN STUFF!! 😀


Cranberry Candy Corn Placemats


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Fall is definitely on the way. At least in my parts of the country. Windows are closed. My winter housecoat now warms my arms and shoulders. The bed has its winter layer on. When it gets cooler, I add a 3rd comforter to snuggle under at lights out. Even the lawn has a sprinkling of golden leaves. Yes, it is headed here and fast.

Usually fall means brown to me. As you know I LOVE BROWN. But for this project, I decided to give brown a rest. Change up. It was so easy to make my selection now that my fabric stash is organized by color. I kind of had an idea on what I wanted to make.

Place mats or a table runner.

Here are the fabrics I rounded up. Some I have had a long time. The 2nd piece from the top, I think I got it at JoAnn’s about 5 years ago. It has so many colors going on. I kept returning it to my stash. A couple of these, the cranberry with the black leaves and the light orange print, came in the scraps I bought on Ebay. The 4th piece was in the Lennette stash. It really goes well with the other fabrics.

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I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a bit, so I dusted off my Fons and Porter 60 degree pyramid ruler. Was still in the plastic shrink wrap. It was about time I unwrapped it. No sense buying rulers and templates if I am not going to use them.

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The pie pieces look like candy corn, don’t they?

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When I sewed the first block, it was kind of wonky in the center. Looking at it, I realized what I had done wrong. I had sewed the pie pieces in a circle, one right after the other. For the second block, I sewed three wedges together. Then three more. And sewed the two sections together along the long edge. That produced a better center. Not perfect. But better. (These next photos are of the 2nd block I made.)

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I finished these yesterday but needed to make a candy corn run to the drugstore. (You know they have Halloween stuff out already!!)

Here I have three table mats lined up together to form a table runner.

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So… what do you think?

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Oops… I forgot to show you the back. I used the fabric I had the most of.

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Placemats measure 14 1/4″ by 12 1/2″.


1st Day Of Summer Picnic

Today is the first day of Summer. Not too hot. Dry and clear.

How about we go on a picnic?

Let’s see… What to pack?

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First in the picnic basket is this sandwich.

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Next. Fruit. What is a picnic without fruit?

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How about something to read?

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Can’t forget my favorite. Yummy Brown!!

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And a little bit of art. Art In The Park.

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LOL!! You are probably thinking… what is this.


It’s the Quilted Summer Picnic Set I have been working on for about a week.

  • Fabric Wall Hanging
  • Double Table Topper
  • Table Mat
  • Placemats
  • Mug Rugs

Still have quite a bit left to do (quilt the double table topper and table mat; finish the mug rugs). But the placemats are finished. I made five.

The turquoise blue fabric is from that huge stack my friend Lennette sent me several months ago. Just starting to use some of it. Goes perfectly with the color in the Apple and Pears print. (Thanks again, Lennette. 😀 )

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The back has brown and white polka dots. Huge white dots!!

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This is the Double Table Topper. I made three single mats and decided to sew two of them together to make it longer.

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You can’t tell in this photo that two are combined.

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But you can in this one.

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I really had fun making this set. Each day brought idea changes. One minute an idea would pop up and the next, I would go off in a different direction. But I love how the set blends well together. I wish I had more mugs. Will have to check to see if I can find more. That one is one of my 99 cents finds at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

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When I get some energy, I will work on these. They were strips sewed together which I cut, then changed my mind on what to do. So I ripped out the stitching. I am thinking Mug Rugs. Add some fabric in the middle to make them cup sized. And sew on one of the fabrics for the binding. Maybe make four in each color.

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Well, that does it. TIME to go…

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(Time. Get it. My clock I so love. It is so quiet.)

Thanks for coming along with me on my picnic.

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.

Designing Doggie Placemats

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I have been working on these pet placemats for about five days. The idea came to me when I was sorting through my fabric, matching up what I thought went together.

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I knew what I wanted them to look like so I got started. Cutting, sewing and quilting.

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My least favorite task was sewing the binding on the backside. By hand. It is a snooze inducer. I fell asleep several times. But finally finished the last one sometime today.

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I saw quite a few pet placemats on Etsy and knew mine needed to stand out from the crowd. So… I added a few embellishments. A ring to go around a rolled up placemat. With fabric dogs and dangling charms.

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Each placemat measures approximately 18″ by 14″. And is reversible.

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The red doggy fabric is called Whiskers and Tails. By Lorilynn Simms for the Robert Kaufman Co. Paw print fabric was a Fat Quarter and the other two, not sure, but I bought them by the yard. All fabric came from JoAnn’s.

I really enjoyed making these placemats. I am going to make up more. Think Christmas presents!!

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This is an original design by This Year’s Dozen.

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