TGIFF Christmas Finishes!

We’re close to “C” day!  Yay!  It’s no secret that I love the Christmas season.  If I could, I’d leave my holiday decorations up all year.  Cleaning around three trees may be a challenge, but I’d enjoy every minute!

This year, I set out to make at least one runner for myself, and four mug rugs for gifts.  Last night, I finished my runner, and one of the mug rugs.  I’m really happy with the results!

Here is the runner, made with a 60 degree equilateral triangle and Christmas border fabric from the Holiday Magic fabric line by Lisa Audit.  This is only one way to arrange the triangles.  The options are endless!


The mug rug I finished last night, was made with Moda’s Joyeux Noel by French General.  I saw a mug rug on Etsy, and did my best to recreate it.  I loooove it!  I bought Insul-bright batting from Twisted Cedar Studios, and found it fabulous to work with.

I made another variation of this mug rug, and unfortunately, threw it in the wash with an article of clothing that bled onto the fabric, making it dingy.  I’m researching  color correcting methods in an effort to save this adorable project.  Here it is before the disastrous washing!

 Thanks for stopping by and checking us out!  Katie and I wish you the most wonderful, creative holiday season ever!

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Bad Quilting, Bad!

This is a real post. A post without a finished product, perfectly pressed seams or beautiful situated fabrics to show off their color and lines.

There are no quilts rolled majestically to display the way the color combinations work so well together like a dance performed beautifully.

The lighting isn’t perfect and the background wasn’t picked for its contrasting colors to better display the subject.

This is a real post.

A post of mistakes. Of unfinished business. Of a good idea gone bad.

I had the great idea to create little mug rugs as a last day of school gift to Jake’s teachers.

I even blogged about my idea.

But not every idea is meant to be completed.

What started out as a fun project for Jake turned into a nightmare.

First, they turned out too small.

But I thought to myself, hey! These will be mini mug rugs, kinda like a double coaster. How cute!


Instead that made my life hell. I quilted it together and I could see that I was going to have a problem.

And since I wasn’t thinking this through all the way, I just cut my binding at the standard 2 1/2 inch width. Sigh…

Yeah that didn’t work. Why I didn’t cut it smaller, more like 2 inches, I will never know. But the binding was just too big for something so small.

All that extra material for such a small project made it buckle and ripple and just look awful.

So, I’ve decided to set it aside and get his teachers flowers for tomorrow.

And chalk this up as experience.