I recently participated in a mug rug swap. What's a mug rug you ask? Well, it's a big coaster for your coffee mug - basically a mini quilt that you stitch up - be as creative as you want and it's all the rage lately. Just google Mug Rugs and see what you get or go to flickr and check out some there. I was assigned a swap partner through The Quilting Gallery Mug Rug Swap. Below are the two mug rugs I created for my swap partner. One has machine embroidery and applique, the other just a simple 4-patch design.
I was able to put this together this weekend - Yeah - I feel so good that I actually am getting things done... need to keep the momentum going. Still trying to decide if I want to add a border on this one or keep it simple. I did add a two inch white border after I took this picture today. I guess I"ll have to audition some borders and see if anything works.
I can't believe it but February is off to a great start - I won a year's premium subscription to Evernote! from The Quilting Gallery. Yeah - I hope this will help me organize my life, my lists, my tasks, my oodles of patterns, downloads and inspirations I have collected in tons of different folders on my computer, and that's just for my sewing/quilting/embroidery world .... I need to do the same with my photography business world.... I might just have to purchase a second premium subscription just for that if I like how this works. Does anyone else use Evernote? Got any tips or suggestions on best way to get things organized?
I've decided to join in on Judy's Design Wall Mondays but there was only one problem, I don't have a design wall. So I carried myself over to The Home Depot today among other places that I needed to run to today, and I bought some pvc pipes and elbows and stuff. Didn't spend but $20 on all of it and I have enough for two design walls, one big one and one smaller one. I only made the bigger one because I needed that first, the smaller is for traveling to retreats and sew days. I bought five 10 foot lengths of 3/4 inch pvc pipes - four 90 degree elbows, four 3-way split/connectors, 4 end caps and some reducers to make it all fit. I cut, with a hacksaw, one 10 foot pcv lenght in half, so I have two 5 foot lenghts. I cut two of the 10 foot lenghts to 7 feet each, leaving two 3 foot lengths for the base. I loosely fit it all together and whalla, I have a frame for some flannel fabric and I'll have a design wall. Total time to cut and put these suckers together, maybe 1/2 hour. EDITED: I did not use glue, so I can take this apart and get it out of the way in the multi-purpose room where is lives now and also to take on retreat so we can have an easy vertical design space. I sewed up the flannel rather quickly too - I cut a lenght of flannel I had in half and serged it together in the middle; then I measured the design wall and added 4.5 inches all the way around to give me the rod pockets I would sew. I then cut my flannel to size, measured in 4.5 inches all the way around, folded the raw edges in to that 4.5 in mark, zig-zagged a rod-pocket in each side, cut the corners and reinforced the corners with some exta zig zag stitches and whalla, it was done. As I said, constructions maybe 1/2 hour, measuring, sewing and putting it all together, maybe 1 hour or 1.5 hours total, there was dinner somewhere in between some of the steps this evening.
And here it is in use this evening. I dug out some 5" strips of modern fabrics from a swap I participated in on Swapbot.com - I want to create a modern brick pattern quilt - I just need to decide on sashing between each 5x6.75 block or not... i'm envisioning a smoky gray sashing... tbd.
Well we're at week 4 and guess what, I fell off the wagon already. I couldn't resist... they just jumped into my arms at the quilt shop - they screamed at me that they needed a home, to be loved and amongst all those other loverly fabrics so neatly and orderly stacked together. They wanted to be placed into a new project. They wanted to be a part of a family. So, here we are --- adding once again and not using a darn inch this past week. All is about to change.... I'm telling you it is!!!
Hi - i'm Rick and welcome to my blog. I have been sewing since early childhood when I would sit and watch my mother sew clothes and pillows and all sort of projects at home. I recently have become interested in machine embroidery and have begun quilting as well. I plan to blog about my project and the progress of the projects here.