12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas
Work in Progress

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


In a quilter's forum I have the pleasure of being a member, we are swapping Mug Rugs for Christmas.  This is my contribution.  

Mug Rugs are great for learning techniques.  I've been experimenting with fabric painting.  The cardinals are hand painted.   
  The star was done with Inklingo Diamond/Triangles/Square Collection (Free)  ...another process that I have been learning and thoroughly enjoying.    I used scraps from my fabric collection.  ...making do with what I have.  This mug rug is hand pieced, hand quilted, and hand embroidered.

Log Cabin Mug Rug and Friends

This is the second mug rug for the swap.  I experimented with my EQ7 and elongated a log cabin block.  It was foundation pieced and machine quilted with a bit of decorative stitch along the edge.   More scraps from my stash.

This picture is of the back.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


A few weeks ago, on one of my forums, up came a link to making fabric boxes.  What a great idea!  I've been making them ever since.  First I tried one or two.  I added machine embroidery to one of the boxes.  I pieced scraps together for the other to get rid of my bits and pieces.

Made from my scraps of fabric

Then I thought, why not use the boxes made of fabric to store my bits and pieces of scrap so that they would be easier to find.  I had already arranged these scraps in plastic zip bags but still they were not that easy to locate.  So I made more boxes and decided a larger size might be better suited to this project.  I kept on making more fabric boxes until all my scraps were organized and easily found.  Now I can easily find all my scraps arranged in Boxes by color.

Smaller box with Blue Scraps. 

Sizes are getting bigger

Larger boxes hold more scraps

Green Scraps Wrapped around half cut index cards and
set on end for better viewing

More Boxes

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Just today on one of the sites I frequent - a quilting fabric site - surprise.  The question was asked.  
If your family and friends had to describe you and your relationship to fabric, what would they say?

There is no doubt.
They would say that I’m a mess. I love my fabric. I keep every bit and every piece. I spend hours organizing, pressing, admiring. I use it like an art medium. The more I have, the more fun I have…..so I’m organized. Why then would my friends and family say I’m a mess ( and they frequently do say, ahem). 

Pookie aka Dudley aka The Pooks
I’m in my sewing room now? I lift my head from my sewing and look around me. I’m shocked. What happened to my sewing room? Intent on finishing this one simple block.. .one block mind you…I must have pulled out every piece of scrap I have. What a mess. Just look at this mess! Threads and bits of fabric everywhere. Pookie (that’s my Westie-um his real name is Dudley, but he’s just a Pooks to me) is just covered in bits and pieces of whatever. The floor below my sewing machine looks like a vacuum cleaner dump. ..And I’ve been in this room for hours.. yes hours. The dishes need doing, the beds need made (too late for that- almost time to sleep again), grass needs mowing…but since this is all such a mess anyway, I’ll just make one more block.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


 I was going through some blocks I made for the Grandmother's Choice: Votes for Women weekly sew along and came across two blocks that didn't fit the requirement of 8.5 inch square.  They both came out short.  I did the blocks again and my second attemps came out fine.  They are the blocks from week ten (Block No. 10) and week one (Block No. 1)

I used these first attempts (now orphan blocks) to make mug rugs. Mug rugs are a great way for me to practice my hand quilting and my binding.  My binding and  my quilting are improving with the practice.  

The teapot was a block a made in the 90's when I wanted to work on my broderie perse.  

For Broderie Perse, one cuts out motifs from a large print fabric and then appliques that motif to a background fabric.  Here I cut out this spray of flowers and leaves with a quarter inch all around and appliqued it (using needle turn) on to the teapot.  The pot was then appliqued onto the pale background which was in turn appliqued onto the beige.   Now this made a fine mug rug or perhaps a small table topper.  It was quick.  I used up an orphan block.  I practiced my skills.  I have a nice table topper/mug rug to either give as a gift or keep for myself.  It will find a use.

I continue to use up my stash of fabrics and continue to make do.  I would love to hear from any other quilters who are getting into their UFO's and stash and making do with what they have.