Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mug Rug Swap

Last post I gave you a little peek of something that I had finished working on but couldn't share yet. Now I can tell you more. I participated in a mug rug swap sponsored by Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

The theme was spring and we were to make our mug rugs and get them in the mail by March 2. The snippet that I showed you was a small part of the rug that I made. Here's a picture of the whole rug.

I went searching for "spring" things and I really loved this little butterfly. I made it with one of my favorite colors - purple. I sent it off with a little extra of the print fabric and a small amount of two solids that would coordinate with it.

I received my mug rug in a box about a week before the "mail by" date. Inside the box was a really cute mug rug in one of my other favorite colors (green), a mug, some tea, and some really neat fabric. Oh yeah, there was a really delicious cookie in the box too . . .  yes, I've already eaten it. The fabric is really neat - it's not fabric I would normally buy for myself but I love it. I can't wait to find something to make with it.
It was sent to me by Tanyia, who lives in Florida and has a blog called 
Domestic deficit disorder. Check out her post about the swap and look around while you're there.
We weren't sent any information about who we were sending our rug to so it was one of those times when you make something that you like and hope that they like it too. I didn't realize until I addressed my package to her that we were actually swapping with each other, which was kinda neat. The appliqued mug rug that she sent me had a silhouette on it which reminds me of the logo for the subdivision that I live in and I love that. Are you ready for pictures now?  Here is the mug rug

and all the goodies she sent with it (minus the cookie).

While my husband is at the deer lease trying to shoot some pigs, I will be cleaning up my sewing space and finishing up a wall hanging UFO. I'm trying to get it finished so that I can display it. Hopefully I can share it soon!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Block of the Month Finished . . . What's Next?

My 2014 Block of the Month is finally finished - quilted, bound, and on the bed (at least for the weekend). I'm pleased with the way it looks without adding a border. I found this really nice blue dotted fabric for the binding. It has both  medium and dark blues in it and the dots also range from almost white to light blue. It looks great with the background of my quilt.
Here it is on the bed that my niece slept in this weekend when she came to visit.

 And here is a close-up of the binding. I put it on by machine, which was a new thing for me.

So today I'm headed off to a class at my local quilt shop. I'm looking forward to learning a new technique. The class is called Turned Edge Machine Applique and we're making a table runner. Here are my fabrics -  the white is the background, the colors are for petals of flowers, and the green will be the leaves. 

I probably won't finish today, which is good since I haven't picked my backing yet, but I should get a lot done. I'll report back in a few days with my progress.

Here's what I'll be working on in the next several weeks:
1) my block for March Vacation 2015 (by Pat Sloan) done
2)quilt my January Aurifil block
3)make February Aurifil block - they run from the 15th to the 15th
4) work on quilts for 2 family members

Before I sign off, here is a sneak peek of something that I made for  a swap. We'll be sharing in about a week and I'll let you see the whole thing!
Have a great day and a great rest of the week!