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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Original Mug Rugs

A lot of people are making mug rugs these days, and you would think it's something new.  Not so... (or should I say "sew")...
A couple of weeks months ago, I was cleaning out some things in my dad's house, and came across these...
The original Mug Rugs...... :)
I would guess they are from the 1980's - I remember plastic canvas and yarn crafts being quite popular.  
I was never a big fan of plastic canvas stuff.   My mother-in-law and some other people who were very dear to me used to make a lot of this type of stuff.  My mom never did, so I am assuming that someone gave these to her.  Maybe it was my mother-in-law.  Anyhow, since they are both gone, I will never know.
Anyhow, this is my latest blast from the past!
Seeing these, and thinking about the quilts and other projects I make, makes me wonder if my kids (sons, daughter-in-law, and son #3's fiance') really like the stuff I make for them, or if they are just being nice......

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The "Play a Card" Quilt

I finished binding the "Play a Card" quilt a few nights ago.  It's a Zen Chic pattern, and is made with the Comma line of fabric by Zen Chic.
Even though it's a big quilt -  86" x 86", it's an easy pattern and went together really quickly!

Here it is, a little closer..

The back is pieced  with stuff I had on hand.  I am trying to use up what I have. Some days it's really hard not to buy fabric!
I know - it's not a very good picture, and definitely not true to color.  The top is fabric is much more yellow in person.  :)
This will be a wedding gift for a young couple getting married next Saturday -  good friends of my youngest son.
I'm linking to Finish It Up Friday!  

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I finished a UFO!

I really don't remember when I first started this project.  It was at least 2 years ago.  Maybe 3.  I found the tutorial here.  Rather than make a quilt, I decided to make place mats.
 I actually made a set of 7.  Odd number, I know.  I think I just kept making them until I ran out of fabric!  I used Moda's Happy Camper fabric, along with some Katie Jump Rope.  I still have a little of those that I have been hoarding  saving.  I might need to make a quilt with them one of these days.

This one has been washed and dried.  Actually, we have been using it.  
I love how it got all crinkly.  And I like the fact that the raw-edge applique is starting to ravel.

I believe this was one of them I just finished last night.

And here is one more...
It feels good to have them finished after all this time.  And I am happy to say that I still like them!
I believe I started out with charm squares (5") and sewed a 4" circle onto that.  Then I cut them in fourth's, and sewed them back together randomly.  
I am hoping to have another finish by the end of the week!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's big...... and I'm starting to like it better

I finished up my "x" quilt top a few nights ago.  I first blogged about it here.  It is for my son and daughter-in-law.  They recently got a queen sized bed, and asked for a queen sized quilt.  It will finish at 96"x 96".
Here it is....

The official name of the block is Arkansas Crossroads.  Rather than use 4 1/2" squares of brown for the x's, I decided to piece them.  I do like how it turned out, but man, that is a lot of 2 1/2" squares.  If I remember correctly, it's 2,880, total.  That took a lot of cutting.  I used up what I could of my 2 1/2 inch squares, but had to cut a bunch more.

I really got tired of sewing this.  It's a big quilt.  When I finally got it done, I was less than thrilled with it.  But now it's a few days later, and I am liking it better.
I think maybe next time, i'll add a border.   But this one is plenty big, so I won't be adding a border to it.  
I am piecing the backing - it will be a huge 9 patch block, with each of the squares at 36".
I found the directions for this block here.  It gives directions for making the block in different sizes.  If you want to make your x's scrappy, you'll need to cut your browns (or whatever color you decide to make the "x")  the same size as your 4 squares.  
Anyhow, I hope to get it to the quilter in a few days.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Guest book

My youngest son is getting married in October.  Next Saturday, some friends of mine are hosting a bridal shower for his fiance'.  I decided that a personalized guest book might be nice.....   
I bought an inexpensive, plain Jane guest book at Walmart.  (I know, I should have taken "before" pictures.)     I sewed strips of fabric together - the width of the strips varied from about 1" to 2".  I used pink and gray fabric... their wedding colors.

Here is the finished product...
I looked in my embroidery floss for pink.... I didn't have any.  I have a tin full of darning cotton and random thread from my mom.  I'm sure most of it had been my grandmother's.  I found some pink "thick" thread.  It reminded me of several strands of embroidery floss twisted together.  Anyhow, it worked great.  And it definitely is "something old".  :)

The back looks pretty much the same as the front.......
Not sure if it needs something more....... perhaps a ribbon?

I found the directions here.  The only thing I did differently was to use strips of fabric rather than one solid piece.
I'm linking up to Finish it Up Friday.