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2018 Mug Rug Swap

between NWAMQG and TULSAMQG. Last month we turned in our forms for this swap and received a form from a Tulsa member with color preferences, etc. My swap partner, Lora Whitfield, indicated all colors but that she loves a teal and red combo, NO BABY PINK, any style. I used up most of my red and teal fabrics for the wonky churn dash exchange, but happened to find these in my strip box – the one that is now sorted by color.

These strips had been on the design wall for a couple weeks with no inspiration forthcoming. Writers have Erato for their muse–I need to invent a muse for quilting.

Friday I had 15 minutes before heading out to the Green Country Quilters Guild Quilt Show in Tulsa so I started sewing some pieces together. I was thinking about the MQG Challenge for 2019, using tiny piecing in a donation quilt. I was going to subcut this strip set and make a tiny grid (photo above) but Saturday I had a different idea. I started cutting up 3/4-inch strips and mimicked a quilt I have seen several times.

After piecing, pressing, and trimming, I layered this with Peltex (a stiff interfacing) and a backing with glittery Valentine’s fabric. I prefer Timtex (a little heavier than Peltex) but have not been able to find any for awhile. I left the red strips unquilted and quilted a line next to the border seam. This gives you a place to turn around with diagonal stitching. If you start at the edge, pivot/stitch/pivot and stitch back to the edge, you have no threads to weave in.

Finally I traced around this metal end caps (given to me by dd, probably from incense stitcks container from BBB) to round the corners and satin stitched around the edge. The butterfly pin reminds where the round starts. Satin stitch using #8 zigzag on Janome with three rounds:

Round 1: 5.0 wide, 1.5 length

Round 2: 5.5 wide, 1.0 length

Round 3: 6.0 wide, .5 length


Now I just need to make a label and turn in my mug rug at our August meeting. I have some small projects (camera strap cover, microwave bowls, pieced biscornu pincushion) to work on until I get my needle arm fixed–I just don’t dare do free-motion quilting and this is seriously putting me behind. Waiting to hear from Janome.

This was my viewer’s choice at the quilt show. Quilt by Janet Hoeltzel, quilted by Glenda Harkey, pattern by Mary B. Hayes; Thangles used.

BAB 14 – Shattered

DIET UPDATE: After seven weeks, I have a net loss of 4.5 pounds and almost 3-inches. Whoopy-dip is all I can say that’s fit to publish.

Next posts: My Artful Log Cabin with exactly 50 log cabins celebrating our anniversary and photos from quilt show.

Tidying Up and Other Shenanigans

I think I’ve mentioned this book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Marie Kondo is a rabid declutterer. ┬áKondo shows us how to get rid of clutter for good. Mostly we move our clutter around and it just comes back. The first step is to get rid of stuff. Kondo has you throw all of your clothes in a pile on the floor, pick each item up and see if it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, it goes in the trash, to Goodwill or Salvation Army or the recycle center. THEN you find a home for whatever items remain. The other trick is to store ALL like items together instead of spread out all over the house. A note about clothes–if this is too overwhelming, start with all of your tops, or all of your pants, (or your underwear). If you’re really overwhelmed, start with all of your socks. Gently fold them and stand them up individually instead of piling them atop each other or rolling the cuffs (ouch).

Winter/holiday sock drawer contents

BEFORE: Winter/holiday sock drawer contents

Winter/holiday socks, gloves

AFTER: Winter/holiday socks, gloves

All my socks in one drawer

All my every day socks in one drawer

Socks, gloves for donation

Unloved socks, gloves for donation

I also have been working on decluttering my studio so the other day I emptied this hanging storage unit in the closet and put everything on my cutting table. I sorted and put all my specialty fabrics back already. My photo disappeared–had an issue with malware again–but here’s the electornics.



Anyway, why do I save packaging for things and why in the heck do we still have a VHS player (with three tapes). I retrieved all of my camera stuff and it’s all in one place now. My recharging cords are in one place so I can easily find them. I hope to have my dining room table back by the end of the week and everything that remains stored in the TV cabinet.

All the stuff on my cutting table? There are little kits from past quilt retreats, small projects that got stalled, samples from classes and demos I’ve done at quilt guild and just stuff that gets shoved in the closet when I “clean” my studio. I am chipping away at this pile. I finished a hot mitt. It’s going to Goodwill along with the pattern. It’s pretty but it’s so big and bulky and I don’t want to give it, sell it or use it. Perhaps it will bring joy to someone else.

Hot Mitt - finished

Hot Mitt – finished

Here’s an unfinished towel that needs a topper. I thought I could easily ┬ámake holes with my wing needle, using the sewing machine, but the holes disappeared so I had to make individual holes as I crocheted on the foundation row. I’ll get back to you with a tutorial on how to crochet a towel topper as soon as I figure out a pattern.

Making holes with wing needle

Making holes with wing needle

I’ve been playing with shisha mirrors. I know that’s redundant as shisha is Indian for mirror. My embroidered one is great, the crocheted one–not so much. Also put one in a yo-yo. I’ll get back to you on this experiment. I’m applying them to a free-motion practice piece.



Shisha yo-yo

Shisha yo-yo

So that’s my latest adventures. The weather here has finally cooled off but I’m still hitting the treadmill at the gym 3X a week till I use up my gym pass (after Labor Day) then it should be cool enough to get back out on the walking trails. There’s hiking to be done! And new photos to take!

P.S. I’m trying to think up a new name for my blog/website. It’s elusive thus far. Candy and Candy P are already taken. Le sigh. Till next time, be creative and be kind.