Tonight is quiet at my house, sleepovers and friends taking kids off to other places. So, I'm participating in the Friday night sew in
. Lucky for me, I have several swaps and UFO's that need some attention. So, here are some of the things I did:
1. FRMQG Mug Rug Swap
I have Jodi and she was a teacher in her former life. Our challenge was to learn something about another guild member, and then make a mug rug. The gifting of the mug rug had to come with a hand written note and a "something" (not otherwise specified) to put on (in my case in) the mug rug.
|Mug Rug for Jodi|
So, I used an Alexander Henry fabric (apples and pears) I had in my stash for a while and fussy cut 2 apples. Apples for the teacher, right? Then I used the quilt-as-you-go technique to attach the pieces of my design to the batting. I saved the selvage edge and added the "apples and pears" to the mix. And since it said pears, I added a pear pocket. My nod to a love of garment making and my contribution to the "something" on/(in) the mug rug is some paper and a pencil so that Jodi can jot down important thoughts and musings while sipping hot chocolate (her favorite hot beverage). The No. 2 pencil is another nod to her years of teaching. The remainder of the fabrics are from my stash, past and present. I used a Kona solid for the base color and it reminds me of a Granny Smith Apple- are you feeling the theme here????
|Pear pocket for paper and No. 2 pencil|
I finished the back with another design, simpler, but then you have a choice of which side is up, based on your mood. I pieced the binding with left over bits and pieces from the project.
|back of Jodi's mug rug|
I hope Jodi likes this, I had never made a mug rug before and it was great fun. It was nice to have a project that I could start and finish in one sitting. I posted a picture of this on the Mug Rug Madness Flickr Group
2. Two fabric blocks for a Christmas Fabric Bee
. I just got my fabric the other day and in my package was a tea bag. I made my tea and got sewing.......
|testing the mug rug for Jodi|
|Christmas bee block for Singings|
3. last but not least, need to work on my quilt in progress.....
I'm getting tired, perhaps only a little sewing on this.