"Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug" by Amy DeCesare of Amy Made That. I made it with lots of different chocolatey scraps of fabric and had a lot of fun putting it together. If you click here, here, here, and here you'll get to see some of Amy's adorable renditions of her "Be My Valentine" mug rug.
Amy also guest posted at Sew Mama Sew this week! She created a list of her Top 5 Timesavers for Busy Sewists + Quilters and is having a giveaway to celebrate! So hop on over and share your favorite timesaver!
I've always noticed how beautifully Amy and her sister Susie, of Susie's Sunroom stage their photos. So when I finished my little "Be My Valentine" heart, I wanted to stage a nice photo too.
|Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug|
At first I thought it would look nice to do a scene with some chocolate candies on the mug rug. But... There isn't any candy in the house! Then I thought I would just have to be happy taking a photo with a nice mug full of tea and a cookie. Except... There aren't any cookies in the house! Dieting does not lend itself to yummy photoshoots. LOL
|There's nothing like a nice cup of tea|
|Hungry Quilter and the Goblet of Fire|
We got a surprise for Kaitie & Eden from a real life Sweetheart this week. It came all the way from Ireland! Sandra, of Studio Sew of Course, and I became friends during the course of doing a pincushion swap together. She sewed up this adorable little elephant zippy pouch for Eden & Kaitie. Check out the baby bracelet beaded zipper pull and the lucky Irish baby socks too!
Thank you Sandra - Kaitie loved your surprise and so did I!
|Sandra's Zippy Bag for Eden|
|Complete with "Eden" zipper pull|
Playful Kittens Baby Quilt
What do you enjoy doing most? Do you like to sew from patterns or create your own designs? I love to use other people's patterns, just as much as I like to make patterns up on my own. I think is is nice to vary between the two for a relaxing change of pace. Plus, you expand your skills and construction techniques by seeing how other people put their quilts together. Allison did an excellent job with Playful"! I ended up with all the seams pressed in the perfect directions for nesting the seam intersections between rows and blocks, which made assembly super easy.
First I sewed thirty scrappy Cookies and Cream Pinwheels. One of them is twirling in another direction, but I left it like that
|Scrappy Cookies & Cream Pinwheels|
I cut the squares from peachy pink scraps to go along with rectangles in Heather Ross Tiger Lily fabrics. Now I only need to quilt and bind it and it will be ready for Eden to use. It's going to have a cream colored Minky backing. Here's a picture of the flimsy below. I'll get some better shots after it's all quilted.
|"Playful Kittens" quilt|
Blog Hop Time!
In another bit of exciting news: From February 9th - 22nd, a few of my very favorite bloggers are hosting stops in the "Craftsy Sweetens My Quilting Life Blog Hop"! Below is Sandra's schedule of stops and they each are absolutely worth a look! The posts, the fabulous giveaways, and the discounts are all Fantastic!
Sandra, from Musings of a Menopausal Melon, aka mmm! quilts and Julie, of Pink Doxies organized this blog hop to celebrate the crush they have on Craftsy.
Blog Hop ScheduleWednesday, Feb. 10
Judy at Quilt Paradigm: Review of classes "Design It Quilt It" and "Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts" both with Cindy Needham
Helen at Midget Gem Quilts: Review of class "Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot" with Jacquie Gering
Thursday, Feb. 11
Cindy at Stitchin At Home: Review of class "Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine" with
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting: Review of fabric purchases: Stonehenge Strips and Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle
Friday, Feb. 12
Zenia at A Quilted Passion: Review of classes "Start FMQ" with Elizabeth Dackson; "Secrets of FMQ" with Christina Cameli; "Help! How Do I Quilt It?" with Angela Walters
Jayne at Twiggy and Opal: Review of quilting supplies: Pressing/cutting mat and mini iron
Saturday, Feb. 13
Tish at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland: Review of classes "Dot to Dot Quilting" with Angela Walters; "Product Photography at Home" with Jessica Marquez; "Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer" with Caro Sheridan,
Anja at Anja Quilts: Review of patterns Postcard from Sweden; 1 Hour Basket; Star Bright; Reusable Handwarmers
Sunday, Feb. 14
Beth at Cooking Up Quilts: Review of Amanda Murphy's class "20 Fresh Appliqué Techniques"
Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts: Review of fabric purchases: Kaffe Fassett Classics Design Strip
Monday Feb. 15
Julie at Pink Doxies: Review of class: "Color Play for Quilters" with Joen Wolfrom
Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon - mmm! quilts: Review of Classes "Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety" and "Free Motion Quilting With Feathers" with Angela Walters; review of fabric purchases: 10-yard bundle and fat quarter bundles; review of patterns: Paper-pieced Snowflakes Snow-along
This post was packed full of so many good things.
Thank you if you read it through to this point; whew!
Happy Valentine's Day!
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