Archive for the ‘Mug Rugs’ Category


I don’t know if you noticed but in the last post there is a great picture of Kira standing in front of a bouncy castle.  There is no way to describe the squeals of joy, surprise and excitement on my girl’s face when she saw that castle all blown up.  It was the icing on her birthday cake for sure.

So of course I had to find a special way to thank the very generous lady who lent us the castle.  And here it is, her “thank you note “!  She is a huge fan of the Peanuts so guess what?  I made her a Peanuts mug rug!


The look on her face when she opened the package was almost as good as the look on Kira’s face when she saw the castle.


I had some Charlie Brown fabric in my stash that had all the main characters on a black background .  So I cut them out, appliqued them, and voila!


And there is my favorite, on a star!


The back is the best part, I think,  not to mention the mug rug shape.  “You block head…”, how could I not make it a square?


I love it!!  And so did my friend!!


Happiness is!!!  Thank you again Elise, you’re the best!


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September via Airmail

It’s that time again!!!!! For those of you who have been following my blog for a while you know how much I love the month of September!! Not only is it my birthday month but the first day marks my personal kick off to fall!!!  And what a season it’s going to be!!!

So to warmly welcome my favorite month and time of the year…

Airmail Mug Rug – COMPLETE!!


And why make one when you can make 2!!


This first is, as clearly written, for Carolyn! Hopefully she won’t be reading this until it’s been gifted! The second is for me, although it says you….

I can’t even tell you how much fun these were to make!  Every part was something a little new, interesting and special!

As I said at the end of my last post I would be tackling continuous bias binding.  What an adventure (headache) that was.  As you can see in the bottom left corner of my rug I had a tiny malfunction but it’s for me and I can live with it.

After much consulting with friends, online tutorials and books I was able to do it.  The funny part was, I was totally successful on my first attempt but then I tried to make more and I was completely stumped.  I have no idea what happened but I just couldn’t get it to work.  That said I used The Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide To Quilting (book), one, two, three online tutorials.  Would I say a job well done, sort of.  I need a bit more practice before I can say complete success!


The binding was worth the headache though.  Anyone remember the old airmail envelopes? I used to love seeing them in my mail box as a child.


I also cut the frame for the mailing label on the bias….love the effect!


My other favorite part of these mug rugs the stamps.  I was able to find the exact bundle of airmail themed rubber stamps that were used in the book.  Aside from wishing they were a bit darker (I leaned on the side of caution for fear of over-inking, smudging, etc.)  they came out perfect!


And what’s a British-themed mug rug without the required cup of tea…


Of course!!! My favorite…


Great start don’t you think?


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…the best part!

The backing fabric on the Airmail Mug Rugs! How I forgot to write about this is beyond me…

The Underground,  The Tube, whatever the lovely English want to call it!!!

Yes, I found fabric that has a map of the Underground on it!!


Months ago I visited The City Quilter to get more English themed fabric (what I used to make some of the stamps) and they said they were out but the sales persons asked if I had a moment and disappeared.  When she returned this is what she had….PERFECT!!!


The detail is amazing and on the back of my rug…


How fitting, since I love the movie Notting Hill and my new favorite show, Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman!!!  And this wasn’t even planned, meaning the exact piece of fabric for which rug.  I just cut and sewed…


Have I said how much I loved making these!!!

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Laundry, sweeping, moping, dusting, dishes, gardening, breakfast, lunch, dinner…the list goes on and on of all the things one does on a daily, weekly basis.  I’m one of those very rare people who feels a sort of compulsion to get those things done be settling down at my sewing machine or with yarn and needles.  It’s strange, I know.  Why not put those things off and get to the fun stuff first?  But I heard it in a movie called The Great Debaters, to paraphrase, Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.  I try very hard to live by that and it makes the “want to do” even sweeter.

With the help of my mother-in-law I’m in the process of purging, destashing and re-arranging my house.  We started last week and its effecting every aspect of my life, even my hobbies!  In the case of hobbies it’s all about finishing the old so I can start new.

Here’s one I started a few weeks ago.  I have no idea why it took so long to finish but here it is…my latest mug rug!


This super fun to make!


The original pattern is for a table runner made by Missouri Star Quilt Company in the Craftsy class, Quilting Quickly II

This mug rug version was on Pinterest and made with a mini charm pack (2.5″ square).  The fabric line is Posy by Aneela Hoey!!!! All of her fabric lines are beautiful but this one is my favorite so far.


Those prints are just precious!!

All good things to those who work before they play…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!! I pray you all have a happy, love filled day!!!!

These are two last-minute gifts (I made yesterday) for the grandmothers from Kira!!

This one is for my mum!!!  Anyone remember loose leaf paper!!! I love how this turned out!!


Rubber stamping fabric is the way to go when in a hurry!!  It has the look of an old type writer.


I also love the back! When my sister and I shared a room as kids we had curtains and bed spreads with Raggidy Ann and Andy on them.  I don’t even remember where I saw this fabric but it couldn’t be more perfect!!!!!


My sister is going to get a big kick out of this !!

And this one is for Chris’s mom who Kira calls G-Ma.


She said the first mug rug I made was too pretty to use so I went a bit darker with this one.  No need to worry about getting coffee stains on it!!    The letters already have a slightly “stained” look.


To Coralie and Barbara…Happy Mother’s Day!!! We love you!!!

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Another Thank You

Here’s another long overdue “thank you” for my bestest best friend, May!


May not only plays the piano beautifully but she also teaches it!! I thought this would go nicely in her piano room.  The original pattern had a teal border but I thought burgundy…reminded me of a class of wine.  The perfect accompaniment while playing/listening to music by piano.


When I went to buy the black fabric (how did I not have any in my stash) the sales rep showed me cheater piano fabric.  The keys were already on it.  I told her no thanks, the fun is creating/sewing the keys myself.  I love how they came out!!!


I also bought fabric that was covered in musical notes, it was adorable.  And I couldn’t resist a tiny little applique!


Simple black backing fabric so the stitching between the keys wouldn’t stand out as much.


Sing us a song, you’re the piano man

Sing us a song tonight.

Well we’re all in the mood for a melody,

And you’ve got us feelin’ alright…

-Billy Joel

It’s on its way my friend.  Love ya!!!!

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My mother in law is the queen of gift giving.  No one can top her when it comes to finding the perfect gift, combination of gifts or making the gift giving season last and last.  Christmas is her favorite!  She gives Kira presents for every Sunday in Advent.  And I’m talking about a big gift bag/box of perfectly coordinated items, usually a book, toy, outfit, game/puzzle and always an ornament for the tree.  It’s amazing and overwhelming all at the same time.  Kira loves it and basically sits by the door every Sunday morning for the entire month of December.  She also go all the way for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Birthday (in May), 4th of July…see where this is going.

The entire family agreed 2 years ago that since we are family there is no need for thank you notes.  Now up to that point, we had all been super diligent about sending them to each other.  So last year no notes and the truth is it felt totally wrong.  So this year I thought of a great alternative.

The new Thank You note…..


A thank you mug rug!!  No one is as dedicated to their morning coffee as she is, so now her coffee mug has a place to rest.  She is reminded of her grandchild and gratitude has been expressed.

A bit more time-consuming than a simple card/note but how happy am I to have yet another reason to quilt.  Now I don’t think I’ll  be making one for every holiday but definitely for the big ones!! This one is for Christmas/Easter.  The next one will be saying thanks after Kira’s birthday.


This has all my favorite elements, a bit of embroidery.  I got to practice my French knots.


Applique…which I’m getting better at…


And the actual quilting of course.  My mind has been racing with all the applique projects and applications out there.  Let’s face it, my mind has been racing with tons of projects period!


I love the back of this mug rug the most.  I’ll talk about the process of arriving to this point in another post.


All wrapped and ready to go.  Kira delivered it to the Gma on Sunday to rave reviews!!  Mission accomplished!!

I might borrow it back to add a date.  I always forget to add a label.

The wording for the mug rug was found on Pinterest then I added a personal touch.


Now to make them for the rest of the family. Oh what a heavy burden, all these thank you notes to “write”…hee hee!!!!

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…is I wish I were the kind of person who can ignore when their environment is in chaos and just sew, quilt, knit the hours away stress free.  But I’m not.  When my world is turned even a little upside down I can have to “right it” before I can relax.  So hence another delay in my blogging.  We’ve been renovating some parts of our house and there’s been dust, boxes and paint cans every where.  But hubby is now putting the place back together and I’m feeling a little less nuts.

So that said, let’s play catch up, again and hopefully we’ll be back on track (till the next thing)…

My give-away was beyond a success.  I’m up to 49 Likes, hooray!! And I had not one but two winners.  I felt it only right to give both the 45th (who got me to my goal) and the 46th person (who pushed it beyond my goal) both prizes.  They’ve both been notified and gifts are in the mail.  Enjoy and don’t forget to share what you make with your goodies.

Yesterday was the first day I could see above the mess and spent a few minutes at the sewing machine.  I had wanted to share this on Valentine’s Day but…here it is now.

My first attempt at applique and I’m pretty pleased with the results.


There is so much fun stuff out there to do with applique.   I just had to finally take my head out-of-the-way, stop over thinking and just jump in.  I used letter shaped cookie cutters to make the letters.  Always think outside of the box!!


Not to bad for a first attempt.  I got a bit wonky going around the corner of the L but when I slowed down and followed the advice from this blogger, it worked perfectly…check out the O.  Slow and steady wins the race!


And I now have a great new mug rug for my sewing room.


A little digression…Don’t you love that mason jar! I found it a Sur La Table (of all places, over the top expense store but these, I bought 4, were only $3.99)  If you have the patience you can find some cute stuff in there, all the way in the back by the clearance section.  Can you see the rooster!! I just love them.  It says “not for hot content” on the back but my fire fighter husband assures me I’m safe. The explanation of glass and heat conductivity would go beyond digression.

Back to the point.  If you’re interested in giving applique a try I have a bunch of tutorials pinned on my quilting tutorials board on Pinterest.  Or you can click here, here or here.  (Can’t assume we are all on Pinterest…)

Ok I’m off to finish up a baby quilt!!!  Another finished project tomorrow and maybe even an Oscar Sunday themed BLT!! (It’s been a while)

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Thanksgiving Recovery

I hope everyone had a wonderful, belly-stretching Thanksgiving.  I wanted to put up a post on the actual day but it came down to posting or cooking.  I didn’t think the 13 people we hosted would appreciate waiting for dinner.  So cooking won!  Then, to be honest I needed to just be still.  It started with the cupcakes for Kira’s school party then went right into all the prepping for Thanksgiving.  And did I mention that I caught another cold.  So by Thursday night I was beyond whipped.  Kira and I just relaxed yesterday.  And here we are Saturday.

As a “job well done” gift to myself I spent a little time on Big B and made a new mug rug.  Yes, I still have binding to put on 2 others but I fell in love with this pattern and wanted something quick and fun to do.

I just finished it this morning and put it to use already.  What is great about these mug rugs are all the possibilities.  In a way all that choice can almost paralyze you.  You don’t know what to do first.  What fabric to use, what embellishments to add, etc.  I tried to stay simple with this one but still use a few of the tricks I’ve learned on Pinterest.

I used a different set of stamps on the open sign and was not thrilled with the result.

I used this set for the Tea House.  Clean, sharp and well spaced.

…and this set for the open sign.  Can you see the little hash marks, well they show up when you stamp.  But as a comfort I’m telling myself it adds to the charm.

What I think really adds to the charm is the fabric on the “roof”

Can you say charming?  My camera is not the greatest but can you see one lady pouring tea for the other?  I have about a 1/2 yd of this…and will use it very wisely.

I left the back plain since I was just playing with the pattern but can you picture a picket fence and some flowers?

I’m off for another cup of tea, nestled happily on my new mug rug and tackling some more projects.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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