Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My mug rugs.............

I have had these mug rugs for myself layered with backing and batting for over 3 years.  I made a set like them for a cousin's daughter for her bridal shower and knew I wanted some for my red kitchen too.

Both of them have the black beater fabric on the back.  I also intended to make a valance out of that fabric for the window by the sink.  It would probably only take an hour.......

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Delete........or shop.........

When an online fabric store sends a discount code for my birthday I debate, should I delete the email or shop?  This time I decided to shop and found three fabrics that I had been looking for.  The first on the left is a Philip Jacobs, the next a Kaffe, and the third a Brandon Mably print.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Icy driveway.......mug rug sewing......

My driveway was plowed yesterday but at 9 degrees the residue was very icy.  I walked very carefully out to get my newspapers.  After falling on ice almost 2 years ago I would really rather just stay inside.  

I chose more backings and bindings and finished four more mug rugs yesterday.  All of these tops have been in a drawer for a year or more.

I had to change thread many times for the quilting thread and then for the binding thread on some of them.  These are all in the 8.5" - 9.5" size.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Watching the snow flakes.......while sewing mug rugs.....

This was the view from my sewing machine most of the day yesterday.

The birds alternated between the forsythia bush outside my window and the bird feeders.  There are still some yellow leaves on the forsythia bush.

I sewed mug rugs most of the day.  There are 3 matching in size and one larger one here: 9.25" square and 9.5" x 10.25".

I used a favorite batik on the back and for the binding.

These 2 are the same size as the predominantly green ones I showed a couple days ago: 6.5" x 9".

I like this backing fabric too.

I just did ditch quilting between the squares in these 3 mug rugs.  The larger ones are 9.5" square and the small one 7.75" square.

I used a batik on the back of these 3.

Here they are all together.  Some people like small ones, other people like larger ones.  I have used the larger ones for table mats too.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

More mug rugs...........

I cut bindings for 6 mug rugs but only got two of them sewn on.

They have the same backing and binding so I didn't have to change thread.

I started quilting the pastel mug rugs.

I went shopping for the 8' fluorescent bulbs I needed and also found a pair or short slip on boots.  Winter started last night with our first snow storm of the season.

Friday, November 20, 2015


I finished the binding on the first 6 mug rugs.  I had forgotten how long it takes.  These are about 6.5" x 9".  They all have the same fabric for binding so I didn't have to change thread color.  This post explains how I do the binding.

They all have the same backing fabric too.  I'm pretty sure this peacock feather print is from the 1990s.  I think there was an updated version more recently in a little smaller scale.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mug rugs.........

I had a drawer full of mug rug tops, leftovers from many projects, and I finally cut batting and backings for them and started quilting them.  I have 19 more ready to quilt.

I only got the binding on one of them before bedtime.

I'm happy to have so many buds and blooms on this cactus.

My two red ones usually wait until after Thanksgiving to bloom.  The other one doesn't even have buds on it.

Pretty roses.