Mug Rug

All summer long my beverages have been sweating all over my sewing table. I knew I wanted to make myself a mug rug but just never felt inspired to actually do it. Lately Amanda (Mrs. McPorkchop) had been inspiring me, posting her mug rug photos on twitter. (You know how much I love twitter!) Her mug rugs are so pretty & she’s been making an effort to use up some of her scraps, something I should concentrate on as well.

Inspired by Amanda I sewed up my own scrappy mug rug late one night. I obviously didn’t have enough lights on because I have some batting showing through. Can you spot it? I’ll have to applique something to cover up the hole.

I also practiced machine stitched binding. I am not good at that! I kept the white thread because I didn’t feel like changing it. It really sticks out but that’s okay.

I am so happy to have this thing. It’s so pretty & keeps my table from having puddles on it. Why the heck did I wait so long to make myself a mug rug?! (Mug rugs are way better than coasters.)

I also spent a good chunk of time going through my fabric stash & cutting little squares for my hexagons. Yup, I’m still working on those. I now have a nice pile of squares to be sewn up.

I also pulled a few fabrics for a destashing in my shop eventually. It’s really hard for me to let go of fabrics. I always think this might be the perfect fabric for a project in the future. Yeah right, Jaclyn. Let it go, you don’t want to end up on Hoarders!

Giveaway Day Keeps On Giving

I have a couple more giveaway day goodies to report!

First, I was lucky enough to win the giveaway at Butzelmännchen. I received this beautiful notebook quite awhile ago, I hope Anja can excuse my tardy thank you. Thank you for your generosity Anja! Everything is so lovely!!

Check it out, the notebook is filled with graph paper pages! Perfect for sketching quilt designs. Yay!

I’ve already put it to good use! I can’t show you the design in the photo, it’s not quite ready.

Anja was also generous enough to send these lovely vintage ribbons. I am looking for the perfect project to use them.


Anja popped some gummy candies in the envelope from as well. You can’t see those though, they were eaten long ago!

Thank you Anja! I love everything.


As a result of the comments on her Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day post Bree from meandmy2guys put together a fun international fat quarter swap. The idea was to swap a fat quarter of fabric designed by a local designer with someone across the globe. Fun right?

I wanted to find a designer as local as possible so I bought some of Melissa Averino’s (of Yummy Goods fame) Sugar Snap line. Melissa lives on Cape Cod. Same state only a couple of hours away, that’s pretty local.

Sugar Snap sort of reminds me of the ’80’s. Remember these things?

Bree was my swap partner. Look what she sent.

Fabulous Australian fabric designed by Donna Abbots.

In a Rut

I’ve been in a bit of a rut this week. So much great fabric around here and so many ideas but I just can’t get sewing. I am having a hard time choosing designs, even what road to go down, quilts, bags, a zillion other things. I really want to make something but I have no idea what.

I think it has something to do with all of this awesome fabric. I want to find the perfect project for every print. That’s a lot of pressure. I’m feeling a bit cuckoo.

In order to avoid making anything new I have been working on hexagons. They are a great distraction! (Don’t forget I have a giveaway for hexie addicts going on. It ends July 11th so hurry up!)

So instead of sewing today I am cleaning up this mess….

If you follow me on Twitter you know that one of the dogs in this house had surgery a couple of weeks ago. She had a cast on her leg and she wasn’t allowed to do anything. We even had to carry her outside so she could pee. So I moved my sewing stuff downstairs to the dining room table to babysit.

I have since moved everything back upstairs to my sewing room. Everyday I would take at least one trip to the sewing room to get something else. When I moved everything back upstairs I just plopped it all on any empty surface available to be organized and put away later. Today is later…

Wish me luck!! It’s like a fabric tsunami in here.