Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mug Rug

What kind of quilter/crafter are you?  Do you start a project and stick with it until completed? Or do you have dozens of projects started, all at different steps of completion.

I am the latter.  I've only been quilting for a short time, but I have dozens of projects/quilts started.  I'm a very spacial person; I like coloring outside the line. However, I like knowing the lines are there.  At times, I get overwhelmed, I just want to do it all!  I want to try every new idea and there just isn't enough time or fabric to do it all.


When I start feeling the 'lines' closing in, I pick a small, new project that I can successfully complete in a short time period.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and still helps me feel creative.  This was my state of mind when I started my Mug Rug Wednesday evening.

What's a Mug Rug?  Well, I define it as something a little bigger than your everyday coaster, but not big enough to call a placemat. Something for your Coffee/Tea and a treat.  I've been wanting to make some, but just haven't taken the time.  My mother had given me some beautiful Poppy Flower fabric and I really like the way it turn out.  Of course, I didn't have a pattern, which was a bit more frustrating than I had anticipated.  Did you know quilters (those who create patterns) are also mathematicians!!  I had to keep trimming and cropping to make everything fit.  Boy, I'm definitely not at the level of Pattern Quilter yet.  One Day!

I hope that your weekend brings you much success in whatever you endeavor to dream and create!
*Little Mama Hen

Links to some other cool Mug Rugs


What else I found/did this week

Quilting Gallery Contest!  Yes I entered!!

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    1. Thank you. I took a look at your website and Etsy shop! cute stuff. -April

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  2. I love that little row of red stitching! It's just right...well done!

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    1. Thanks! my machine has a few embroidery stitches. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Very cute! I started out (I'm not a very experienced quilter) trying to make up my patterns as I went along....did a lot of cutting and cropping, too. The first time I truly followed a quilt pattern, I hit myself over the head and wondered why it took me so long to use someone else's brain. LOL

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    1. hahaha so funny. I thought to myself, why do people buy patterns? But once I started getting into making stars and half squares triangles...uhhh nothing was matching up! I forgot to account for seam allowances! Going over to check out your blogs!

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  4. Mug rugs are super cute and quick too! I've made the same one the Happy Zombie made, I totally copied her look and did the same colours too!

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    1. I love the Happy Zombie's Mug Rug! Her color choice is so beautiful.

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  5. I love making mug rugs! Instant gratification! I usually have more than one project going at a time. I used to only do one at a time but there are times I like to work on something different. It's nice to be able to choose what you're working on.

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    1. So true Rosemary, sometimes I have so many ideas in my head I can't work on just one project! have a great weekend!

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  6. April, I love your Mug Rug!

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  7. Cute Mug Rug -- I like that it is square! Really neat!

    Thanks for sharing at the Minutes for Me Linky Party!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. We may be kindred spirits! I also fall into the "latter" category and just last week, made my own mug rug for exactly the same reason you did... I wanted to start and actually FINISH something in the same day. I love the fabric you chose!

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    1. Thanks Kat! I'm headed over to your blog to check out what you have! And the fact that you used the term 'kindred spirits' shows we have similar tastes. Have you ever heard of Anne of Green Gables? Have a great week. -April @Little Mama Hen.

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  9. Oh too cute. This is actually the first mug rug I've seen and thought I would like something like that. And you don't have a pattern! LOL!! I often forget a seam allowance or something - so I was really wanting to use your pattern. The little red stitching really set it off. Very nice touch.

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    1. Linda, I'm glad you liked it! My plan was to make it then share my pattern and how I did it. So I cut all my pieces and started sewing, BUT I didn't take into account those little seam allowances. I trimmed and cropped so much that I had no idea how to write a pattern for it! lol I cook the same way. It drives my Mama crazy. She'll want my recipe and I wont have exact measurements. :) -April @ Little Mama Hen

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