Inspiration From A Coffee Mug…

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Another one bites the dust… I get to cross this off the MAY To-Do List. But first let me tell you about it.

I found this cute mug at the Salvation Army Thrift Store last year. In fact, they had two exactly alike. I got them both. I knew I would make something just wasn’t sure what. On and off, I auditioned fabrics. Nothing quite matched perfectly.

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I think I changed out the fabrics three different times. Never did find the exact shade of peach. I even took the mug with me to JoAnn’s.

So.. I decided matchy, matchy is OK for your wardrobe but not necessary for quilting. Can’t pigeonhole my quilting into Matchy Matchy. Stifles my creativity. Anything goes with quilting.

Here’s my Anything Goes. Two pincushions. (Only one was on my To-Do List.) A mug rug and a zippered pouch.

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I still have one block left to decide what to make with it. And about a handful of scraps.

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I am having a blast working with zippers. Each time the result “on the ends” is different. I keep experimenting, trying to get a polished look. I will get there. I will keep trying.

The pouch is long and wide enough for lots of sewing supplies. It has a pocket with a divider down the center, making two pockets.

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I have learned so much in 1 1/2 years of quilting. I am now using less thread due to discovering Leaders and Enders. When I first read about L and E, I thought what the heck are they talking about. So I did a Google search, read about it, and thought, hmmm, that’s a great idea. Now I try to have something ready to stitch up next to my sewing machine. No sense wasting thread if you don’t have to. Chain sewing.

Here I am working on two projects. L and E.

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My red/white/blue quilt. Which BTW is now back to a table mat. A tablecloth. I can probably still use it as a picnic blanket if I want. The borders are sewn.

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Next, I have to sandwich it and get it ready to quilt. And that baby is going to be coming off the MAY To-Do List soon!! 😀

Wait until you see all the new quilt books I bought. Yummy!!

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Quilted Postcard Mug Rug

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Always have to be different… That is ME!!

As I was making this quilted postcard for my exchange partner, I knew two things.

  • It would NOT be mailed directly through the postal system. Too much work for it to be possibly damaged or soiled. No way!!
  • I wanted it bigger than the standard 4″ by 6″ postcard. Wider and longer.

So… I made a Postcard Mug Rug instead.

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I put a “stamp” on the postcard just for fun. How cool is this!! Abe Lincoln on a 3 cents stamp. I found it while searching for something I could use to put in the top right corner. I used Transfer Paper to iron the image on the muslin. My first time using transfer paper.

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Shhh.. my exchange partner’s name is Linda. I don’t think she reads my blog so I believe it is safe to post photos here. And if she does see this before she receives it in the mail, then Happy Valentine’s Day, Linda. 😀

So, this is going in the mail tomorrow. Deadline met, one day ahead. Oh, BTW, I met my Spool Blocks deadline too. Gone, out the door, last week.

Two deadlines down. Two to go. My bead challenges. More on those later.

Linking up to Finish Up Friday over at Crazymomquilts. Check out the sites. Lots of pretty projects completed. It is well worth the time to click on each one.