Holiday Mug Rug

I don’t know about you, but I am busy making things for the holidays.  I am working on small gifts for co-workers and friends, craft fair projects, decorations, and of course, gifts for family members.

I always try to get started earlier in the year, but it seems that inspiration doesn’t strike until the last minute and then I try to fit in more in a few weeks than is humanly possible. And…

I LOVE IT! 

I love being creative, and I love making things to bless people.

Yesterday afternoon, I made 36 key fobs for friends at work, at art class, and at bible study.  I love projects like this — this project is quick, easy, and a total scrap buster.  I basically, kinda, sorta followed the directions at the Pellon project site if you want to know how I made them.

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Another scrap buster I recently designed and made was this mug rug.  I thought I would share it with you in case you would like to make one (or a few) for the holidays.

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You need to know how to paper piece simple designs.  I am not covering that here.  But if you would like the pattern,click here for link to the house, and click here for link to the tree.  It finishes at 6″ x 9″.

Here is one I threw together in August for a benefit craft fair. You can see that when I made mine I forgot to print the house pattern as a mirror image, so my house ended up facing the other way (oops!).  Not a big deal if you ask me.  But if you would also like your house facing the other direction, you can find that pattern here.

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(P.S. – the links to the paper pieced patterns are to my google drive.  If for some reason they do not work for you, please let me know and I can send you the pattern by email)

Wonky Star

A couple of months ago, March I think it was,  I took a class at Spoonflower with Nicole at Mama Love Quilts    Nicole makes beautiful quilts, so not only was it an opportunity to possibly learn something new from a great quilt maker, but I was intrigued by the sample quilt.  Here is her quilt.
8568723788_18519fb6fbAlso, if you’ve not heard of Spoonflower, check out my post here.

None of the seams for the stars lined up so I was very interested in how this pattern was written.  And the class was free, so I really had nothing to lose.  Imagine my surprise when I found out that it used improv piecing and wasn’t a pattern in the typical sense.  I have never really done any improv piecing, but it didn’t take me long to get the hang of it.  And it was quite fun and freeing.  There are no rules, and no pattern — in fact, the wonkier, the better.

I decided to use scraps rather than cut up some of my stash, so I pulled out all my bright scraps from past projects.  I also decided to make my quilt large enough to be a baby quilt.  What’s really exciting about this quilt is that I have fabric from at least 8 other projects represented here.    I still need to bind it, but that should be done later tonight.

DSC_0278I used scraps for the back.

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Also, one of my goals this year was to practice my free motion quilting and get somewhat better at it.  So I used 4 different free motion quilting techniques on this quilt.  By the time I got done with the quilt, I was certainly better at the FMQ patterns I had decided to do.

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DSC_0285DSC_0286Now to start the binding.  Have a blessed weekend!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.