Quilting Practice-Mug Rug

This weekend I decided to pull out some left-over fabric from my patchwork travel pillow and try making a mug rug. I used In Color Order’s Scrappy Stack Mug Rug Tutorial for a guide. I really like the way hers looks, so I may have to make another one following her directions more closely next time.

I even made my own bias tape for the binding! It was a bit of a pain, but fun to see if I could do it :) I watched this video and used this blog to learn how to attach bias tape. I definitely need some more practice on how to start/finish attaching bias tape, but I think my mitered corners turned out ok!

Enjoying some coffee and donuts on my new mug rug!

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Sewing Update

These are a couple of things I worked on a while ago, but haven’t shared yet. First up is this patchwork travel neck pillow. I got together with some friends in December to make this cute little pillow.

Cutting and sewing up the 3″ x 3″ squares took some time, so we didn’t actually finish that day. A few weeks later I finally finished the front and sewed it to the back. Then I stuffed it and let it sit around a while before finally hand sewing it closed. I was a little nervous about that part.

I can certainly use more practice on the hand sewing part, but this was a fun little project!

Then, at the end of January, a bunch of us took a class to make a block for the Swoon quilt! I love this quilt! I can’t wait to make it, but I still haven’t decided what fabric I want to use. I just took two fat quarters that I had to the class so I could learn how to make the block.

The  class was great! I learned how to cut the pieces (a different way from how the pattern shows), and I also learned how to use Thangles and a Flying Geese ruler to make some of the pieces a bit easier. I need to be a little better on laying pieces out before sewing them up. I would have liked the star in the middle to be slightly different, but I had already sewed the first strip together before realizing how I should have placed everything.

As Charlie has demonstrated, this is a huge block! I only need 9 to make up the quilt, which means I only need to find 18 fat quarters that I want to use. I’m thinking I want to use gray instead of white for the background, so we’ll see what I can find :)

One Thing Challenge

I got this cute cross stitch pattern for Christmas:

I started it last week, but haven’t worked on it very much. Yesterday I saw this post for a One Thing, One Week Challenge. The idea is to motivate you to work on one thing. “Finish something, start something, just don’t be overwhelmed by everything – One Thing!”

Amy's Creative Side

I know I’ve been a little overwhelmed with what to do since I want to knit things, sew things, and apparently now try cross stitch! I decided I am going to try to finish two of the four rows in this pattern. It’s not very large or difficult, so I think I should be able to accomplish that by the end of the week. Of course, it’s my first cross stitch pattern, so we’ll see what happens!

This is how far I had gotten last week. I finished the partial letter last night, but, for some reason, it took me 3 tries to complete the top of the T! Maybe I was too tired to concentrate on counting properly :)

Hopefully next week I’ll have half of my pattern finished!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I made this last year for Nathan from this tutorial.

Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut shares her awesome ideas for paper crafts and decor on her blog. She also has an online store where she has cutting and printing files “which will compliment your scrapbooking, card making and decorating paper crafting projects.” I really love Patricia’s designs and want to try more of her ideas :)

❤ Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤