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Christmas Mug Rugs

Seems as though this Holiday Season has come and gone quicker than it did last year.  I did manage to make Christmas Mug Rugs before we had a house full of company for Christmas.  I had a fun time making these mug rugs this time around.  I got a new sewing machine as an early Christmas present, so I had a lot of fun exploring all the different options that it comes with.

Here are some pictures of the fun that I had:

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Abigail’s New Quilt – Update

I look forward to Abigail’s naps every day now, as I am able to work on her quilt while she naps. Over the past couple of weeks, this is what I have managed to get done.

I first had to get organized:
I layed out all my strips in the order that I wanted. Then I labeled each pile.
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I then cut off the selvage from the left side of every strip.

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I then took each pile and sewed them together, horizontally and then cut them three inches wide at a 45 degree angle.
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I am taking my time and trying to make all the seams as accurate as possible. I am using my walking foot, but as I work on this quilt, I am wishing I had a quarter inch foot.

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I managed to re-asemble and sew all the strips together and I cut out pink sashing to go between the rows. The pattern that I am following called for a 2 inch sashing, but I want this quilt to be a bit larger. I cut my sashing to be 3 inches. I cant wait to see what this is going to look like all put together.

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I have about 4 rows completed, with sashing attached. I will post pictures of that progress in the next couple of days.

Teddy Bear

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Well…. I know that I said that I was only going to work on hand quilting my lonestar quilt and I said that I was not going to start another project before this one was finished, I slipped up.  I really wanted to get out my sewing machine and work on something different.

For my birthday, I acquired a pattern to make a Teddy Bear.  I have always wanted to try making stuffed animals.  I decided that this was going to be a great thing to do. How hard could it be?

I had some left over scrap gray minky fabric that was calling my name.  It really wanted to be used.  I also had some gray polka dot fabric left over from the baby quilt that I had made Abigail.  Over the course of a couple of days I managed to make a cute little bear.

This was the first stuffed animal that I have made.  The bear turned out cute, however, minky fabric is so hard to work with.  Next time I should probably make this bear out of cotton fabric only.  The pattern called for the same fabric to be used on the entire bear, but I think that the two toned look is much better.  It also called for me to embroider a nose and a mouth.  I tried that but decided that I did not like the way it was looking, so I took it out.  The eyes are sparkly buttons that I had found in my button stash.IMG_5208

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I gave it to Abigail and she calls it her “Carebear”.

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Here is a picture of my little helper that insisted that she sit with me.  I did have a lot of fun trying to put this bear together and I am quite pleased how it came out.

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