Friday Friday: Free Mug Rug Patterns and Tutorials

Mug Rug with Free PDF Template by Jenna from Sew Happy Greek

A Mug {rug} of Scraps designed by Jennifer from Sew We Quilt

Modern Flag – Mug Rug Freebie Pattern designed by Jennifer Rodriguez from All Things Belle

Quilted Mug Rug with Napkin Pocket designed by Alicia Thommas from ScrapBusters

Mug Rug Simple Tutorial designed by TK Harrison from Quilt Therapy


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    Quilting for Charity Spotlight: Wrap Them In Love Foundation

    “The Wrap Them in Love Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt organization created to help children of all ages around the world.

    “Our Mission is to collect donated quilts and distribute them to children around the world, so they can be wrapped in love and comfort. As we all know, a quilt is a very special thing. It isn’t just a blanket; it has been lovingly created by a real person. A quilter leaves a part of themselves in every quilt they make. The child who receives it will be able to snuggle up in all the love and comfort that comes in that quilt.”  (source)

    The quilts that are donated are shared with children near and far.  These two little girls, wrapped in a warm quilt, are located in South Dakota.

    This little cutie received a Wrap Them in Love Foundation quilt in Russia.

    There are always going to be needs.  What I like the most about this foundation is that you can sew a quilt and donate it to them – or, if you don’t sew, you can donate funds to help them buy fabric to make quilts.  Hooray for the Wrap Them in Love Foundation!


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      T-shirts, T-shirts, T-shirts – Nothing But T-Shirts

      As noted last week, I finished sewing the top to a commissioned t-shirt quilt and sent it along to my longarm guru to quilt her magic with it.  I still have the little surprise for the couple the quilt is going to, to make – but that’s just an hour’s worth of sewing.

      But never fear, I have yet another load of t-shirts waiting in the wings!

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      This commissioned t-shirt quilt isn’t expected until our local high school graduation but at the rate I’m going, I need to start on it as soon as possible so I don’t end up putting it together at the last minute.  The fabric for the sashing is ordered and I hope I purchased enough for the borders, too.  If not, will find something compatible locally.

      Love working on these special quilts.  Love the fact that the recipient is sharing a piece of their lives so that their memories, from their t-shirts, will be remembered in a quilt.  Very few things beat quilted love!

      btw – props to whomever can recall the movie that goes to the title of this post.  The ‘t-shirt’ word is different than in the movie but the sentiment remains.


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        Flashback Tuesday: Pioneer Sampler 2009 BOM Project Original from BOMquilts.com

        This quilt was a blast to make, especially with the fabric I chose for the quilt.  The fabric was sponsored by AbbiMays.com and I just had pure FUN making this baby quilt!

        I also cut out all of the fabric for the blocks, along with the monthly patterns and presented them to everyone who wanted one in the small quilt group I attended.  At the end of the first year…and even the second and third year, I saw so many different variations made of the ladies who put that quilt together.  Some added wider sashing and borders to create a lap quilt.  Some didn’t add sashing at all (like in my quilt image below) but made up for the loss by adding bigger border pieces.  We had a small quilt fest at the community library and showed off our quilts and it was amazing how many different quilts were made from the exact same set of blocks that I used.  I was tickled pink!

        Pioneer Sampler 2009 BOM Project Original from BOMquilts.com


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          President’s Day 2015

          The third Monday of February is President’s Day, a national holiday in the United States.  It started as a way to honor our first president George Washington as well as Abraham Lincoln, both who had birthdays in February.  However, it has evolved into a day to honor all American presidents.  The banks and post offices are closed and the kids are off of school.

          As I watched this video, I thought of my grandfather and my grandmother-in-law.  Both were born in 1909.  My grandpa passed away in 1989 but my husband’s grandmother lived until she was a month shy of her 97th birthday in 1986.  I believe I counted that Grandmother had lived through 15 presidents in her time on Earth.  That is amazing to me…until my husband piped up and said he had lived through 10 of them!


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