Mo Better Blues

After not really feeling my first batch of mug rugs, I decided not to use any of the original Asian fabric after all.

I instead chose these blues, which still give off an Asian vibe. I like these much better.  
In addition to the Mock Logs block, I made one called Forest Paths. Both patterns are from Quilt Blocks Galore aka Quilter’s Cache.a955d188-3978-45ea-a379-8c5c9fc5f4f4

It was quite the chore binding the first block, so I opted for a quick turn/birthing method on the second one.  This suited me much better and it’ll be my method of choice for finishing any/all mug rugs I make in the future.72868755-17ca-4e7c-9bca-6c4ca33eb81f

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Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. – Col. 3:14-15

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It Seemed Like A Good Idea

I wanted to make a mug rug for one of my doctors.  Instead of going through any of the many books and magazines I own, (call me lazy),  I hit the internet.

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Some of my books

I found this pattern, Mock Logson Quilter’s Cache.

Then I pulled this fabric. Why? Because my doctor is Asian, and this is Asian fabric.

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My lovely friend Izola, @throughmyeyes on IG, sent me this beautiful fabric from Japan a few years ago. Thanks, Izola!

I cut enough fabric to make four mug rugs. And even before I started assembly, I wasn’t thrilled w/my fabric choices. It’s a bit overdone. I didn’t have to use ALL the Asian fabric I own in a little mug rug.20170225_110953

But, I sewed all four together anyway.  20170226_193306

I’ll have to force myself to finish at least one of them to see if I like it any better.  I doubt I will.

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Until next time, God bless.

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #32 – I’m Going to Quiltcon!

First things first…I’m going to Quiltcon east! YAY!

I’m super excited! Please let me know if you are going too.  I’m so looking forward to meeting those of you who are!

Next thing next…

I’ve an eclectic taste.  When it comes to quilting,  ALL pattern varieties excite me and I like traditional as much as I like modern.  However, my first original pattern falls into the modern category. 

This is the 1st draft of my pattern, Back and Forth.

I drew it up on graph paper several months ago. A couple of weeks ago I not so quickly figured the math (I don’t like quilty math!) to make a baby quilt to present at my niece’s baby shower.  It’s not an official pattern yet, but when it is, it will be available for purchase and include instruction for at least 2 sizes.

Now it’s your turn to share. What have you been stitchin’?


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WHOOMP There IT Is! #19 – A New Pattern & Progress

Just today I learned I can see how many views, links and clicks I’ve had for each linky party on InLinkz. Thank you…all you hoppers and linkers from last week! It was my biggest party yet!

Don’t forget there’s still time to enter Craftsy’s Giveaway if you have not already done so!  One entry per person until Sunday, Feb 22nd @ 11:59p MST.

I spent this last week working on a new easy pattern for my pattern store on Craftsy.  It’s called Easy Microwave Tortilla Warmer and it’s FREE for a limited time! Download your copy today!

I also got the queen size rag quilt all sewn together. WOWZERS! It’s huge and it’s heavy! It’s a custom order on my Etsy Shop.  There’s going to be a whole lotta snippin’ & clippin’ going on for the next several days!  It’s made w/a bunch of Thimbleberries and 30s repros.

My customer previously purchased a lap size rag quilt that was backed w/a fabric called Civil War Legacy by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Bros.

She wanted a queen size quilt backed w/the same fabric but I only had about 1/2 yd left. I searched high and low and even called the designer herself. It was at this time I learned the fabric was re-released in the Pine Tree Lodge collection however, she didn’t have enough for a queen size quilt. I started searching Google for Pine Tree Lodge and hit pay dirt w/Melinda’s Fabric Shop in Hendersonville TN! She had an entire bolt!  The fabric isn’t exactly the same, but my customer was thrilled that I found it.  Thanks Melinda!

Original fabric on right

I’ve managed to get these 2-bits done on my Arkansas Traveler quilt.  I’m working on this as part of my 2016 UFO Challenge.

That’s all I’ve got for you today folks. Now let’s see your progress!

p.s. Giveaway here next week!  Be here or be square!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #3

I recently ran out of batting so I’ve spent the last week or so working on small projects.  
It all started w/this snap bag.
Then I made a couple of zippered pouches. An open wide zippered pouch and a boxy bag.  I’ve only sewn zippers twice before so I was pretty proud of myself for getting the zippers right the 1st time on both of these bags.

I decided to use up some of my flannel stash and made a few baby blankets. I forgot to take pics of a couple of them.  I went retro w/the first one.  This Sylvester and Tweety fabric is from 1997!

There’s another baby blanket rolled up in this next pic. The tote bags are a pattern I’m working on for my pattern store. I also made a set of Easy Reversible Microwave Cozies.

Then I remembered my granddaughter’s 5th b-day is coming up next month, so I thought it would be a good idea to actually start the wall hanging that was to be her gift last year! In my defense I actually had ALL of the pieces cut out…but then I put them in a ziploc bag and tucked them safely away…and kinda forgot about them for a year.  Anyway, it only took me a couple of hours to get it sewn together.

It’s the Tiny Tulips pattern by Jera at Quilting in the Rain.

The tulips are made w/fabric I actually won from one of Jera’s Instagram giveaways awhile back. 
Yay Me!

It’s still in the flimsy stage because I want to get her name embroidered on it before I quilt it.  Where you see “Mia” in black is where I want to get it embroidered in pink.

And of course I plan to finish it using the Faux Piped Binding technique.


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Almost Forgotten Finishes

I can’t believe this…and I can’t remember if it’s ever happened before…AND it may never happen again, but this is my 2nd post in one week!
Tonight on my blog reading list I saw a TGIFF! post from M-R Charbonneau of Quilt Matters and it reminded me that I have some finishes I haven’t shared w/y’all! 
So, without further ado… 
Mystery Quilt – started June 2014 finished June 2015

Snap Bags – A recent commission
Things not so finished…
Basket Weave Batik Placemats

This flimsy is a pattern called Modern Lattice by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.

It’s a flimsy

This flimsy is a pattern called Vintage Summer (2014) by Jeni Baker of In Color Order. It’s one I’ve been wanting to make for awhile and finally did last weekend.

It’s another flimsy

Today’s finishes…

And yet another on the sewing table…

And last but not least…one of David’s finishes. He turned me this gorgeous seam ripper! It’s made of Koa, which is a Hawaiian wood.
  Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!
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Failure is not the only punishment for laziness, there is also the success of others. – Jules Renard

Friends, Challenges and a Finish

First off I’d just like to say I’m so very pleased to have met all the peeps I have in my new blogging-quilty world. Thank you all for being so welcoming and encouraging. We are one giant circle of quilty love.

I finished Red Chevy Crush a couple of weeks ago.

I didn’t blog about it because I really only have time to blog 1x/week. And the last two week’s posts were about my blog’s birthday giveaway and the giveaway winner . 

This post is a little longer because I have some catching up to do.

Ok, so…I’ve been free motion quiltingherein referred to as FMQ. In an effort to get good at it…and I DO want to be good, I started the #dailyfmq challenge on Instagram (it goes through 9/22/14).  It challenges me to practice for at least 10 mins/day. I had previously enrolled in two Craftsy quilting classes (one of which I wrote about here) but I haven’t really done what qualifies as practice until about 2 weeks ago.

As those of us who have done it know, the biggest challenge in FMQ is making sure your (foot) machine speed is not too fast or slow for your hand speed. (Kinda puts me in the mind of learning to drive a stick shift). I’m guessing it’s not something most peeps are good at right off the bat, least of all me.  I’ve tried meandering/stipple several times and have always ended up extremely FRUSTRATED! But w/the challenge I decided to start w/Chrsitina’s woodgrain and I am thrilled!  It’s very forgiving and I really like the idea of no curves.  It’s not the only fmq I’ve been practicing, but it’s my favorite. I’ve also practiced loopy flowers and circuit board, taught in Elizabeth Dackson’s Craftsy class.
Also practicing w/Paint

I’ve been doing my FMQ practice on this Autumn quilt top I finished a few weeks ago. I’m quilting something different on each piece w/in a block.

 I don’t mean to toot my own horn…but toot toot! I already feel and see a difference in my FMQ.

The other challenge I’m participating in is the #ablockadaychallenge on Instagram.  I’ve been making Bento Box blocks for a charity quilt for QA .


I’m not sure if this qualifies as a notion or gadget, but a friend told me about Clearly Perfect Angles and how it works beautifully for sewing HST and mitered binding, so I ordered it. It’s perfect! And speaking of mitered binding, I found and used this sanity-saving tutorial for a mitered join.

Scrappy Fail

 I attempted to make my first pattern tutorial for something scrappy but I don’t like how it turned out at all.  A solid fabric would’ve improved the look, but I’m still not liking the center either.

Maybe pattern tutorials aren’t my thing just yet. In the mean time, I will continue to use other peeps’ patterns and tutorials, like the tons of free lovelies I came across on Quilter’s Cache.   











My grandson was bugging me about sewing so last week I gave him a crash course and helped him make a Tube Pillowcase using this YouTube video tutorial…but I also just found this pdf using a slightly different method.


We went camping over the Labor Day weekend and aside from fear of being mauled by a bear while sleeping, it was fun.

A las, I’m proud and happy to say Ivy is housebroken and using the doggy door like an old pro.

A Thread for Life 

 This life is a journey we walk by faith

And there will always be the mountains in our way
But right here in this moment, may our strength be renewed
As we recall what God has done and how we’ve seen Him move

Sometimes through the darkness, it’s hard to see
So just be brave and follow where He leads
‘Cause greater is the one who’s in us, than he who’s in the world
So child of God remember, the battle is the Lord’s

Even in the valley of the shadow when you feel alone in the unknown
Just say Amen, Just say Amen
Even when the storms are raging, Stand and know you’re not forsaken
Just say Amen, Just say Amen

If there’s anybody here who’s found Him faithful
Anybody here who knows He’s able, Say Amen
And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power
Anybody here brought through the fire, Say Amen
Anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow
Just Say AMEN!

Say Amen – Finding Favour

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