I’d like to thank Carla from Creatin in the Sticks for hosting this month’s blog hop. The theme is mug rugs or projects to protect our tables. As Carla says a hop is “like a “show and tell” online. Our blog hops feature sewing and quilting and are like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. Once the theme (challenge) is presented we set to work sewing. We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns.” I’m sure everyone has been busy with their fabric and machines creating some pretty projects for our enjoyment.
I’ve been continuing to stick to my fabric fasting this year. It means I am trying to make projects from my stash or my scrap bins.
For this Hop I decided to try to take it one step further and use some of my leftover blocks and bits.
I had this leftover piece of fabric that I had used as a border on a quilt. It was too nice to cut in to 2” or 2 1/2” squares so I had kept it, knowing that one day I would figure out a way to use it.
I pressed it, squared off the edges and then inspiration hit. I folded the two lower red snowflake stripes together and made a pocket. Then I layered fabric, batting and backing, trimmed it to 7 1/2” square, and sewed around the edge on 3 sides, leaving an opening for turning.
Once I turned it right side out and pressed it, I changed up the thread in my machine to a sparkly, metallic thread and stitched around the outer edge (after pressing the open edge to make a nice seam) and did some outlining around a couple of the reindeer.
Once that one was finished I turned to the scraps of Christmas fabrics that were odd shapes. I did a stitch and flip method on top of some batting and added a backing piece once I had the top pieced and squared up.
Then there were the cute leftover blocks and bits that just needed to be made into mug rugs. Some were done with a single fold binding.
Of course, every quilter has orphan blocks or bits to make blocks, so why not make a set of coasters. They are already color coordinated and partially constructed so let’s use them up. 🤔
Every year several members of my Guild make items to donate to the organization that does the Christmas Hampers. Before Covid they would have a Christmas dinner where the kids could go in the back room with staff, pick out a gift for their parent(s) and staff would help them wrap it. With the dinner not able to happen, we try to include 2 or 3 items in each hamper. My goal is to make 3 dozen items to donate (mug rugs, coaster sets, lap quilts and if time allows some covered journals or fabric baskets).
Here’s other blogs that are posting today for you to hop around:
Tuesday, November 16th
- MooseStash Quilting
- Words and Stitches
- Quilting Gail
- Patchouli Moon Studio
- Selina Quilts
- Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
I’m so happy you stopped by to read my post. Hopefully some of these might inspire you to use up some of those bits and scraps. They do make cute hostess gifts and the holiday season is coming. If you enjoyed my post, feel free to wander around a few other posts and if you like what you see, follow my blog or leave me a comment. I enjoy reading your notes and always enjoy responding to them. 😄 Carol