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“My” Sewing Machine

May 6th 2014

This is one of those projects where you really put your heart and soul into it. It’s personal and fun and a quickie too!

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Amanda the Patchsmith, has this great new Mug Rug pattern and I bought it like 5 seconds after I saw it. It only took that long because you know how the internet can linger…  Read all about her inspiration for this design over on her blog!

Sewing Machine Mug Rug

The best part about her whimsical designs is that nothing is wasted! Even if you hold dearly tiny, minute pieces of favorite fabrics because you can’t bear to part with them, her projects are just the thing to incorporate them.

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As soon as I heard the premise, “Design your own” I immediately knew what I would use.  I tried to incorporate what has inspired me to get to where I am today.  This is where so much of my crafting and sewing happens (or used to happen) in my favorite vacation spot, the beach on west coast Florida . That’s how I came up with the name Summercrafter! Need I say more?

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For the machine knobs, which I had to modify so wouldn’t cover the sailboat : ), I chose these signature cherries, representative of my favorite artist, Mary Engelbreit who really planted the seed in my heart to be true to the artist within.

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For the table, I chose the fabric I used when I first got married to make curtains. It was the beginning of my sewing adventures. The softest denim ever!

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The eensy weensy spool of thread HAS to be the first quilting fabric I was infatuated with from the Vintage Modern collection. I am a Bonnie and Camille fabric fan, all her lines are listed right there on her blog.

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Oh and lastly, the miniature on the “wall” I made with soft sea palette fabrics for complete relaxation that the beach encourages.

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Yea, I got a little ambitious and decided to make it a pinwheel block.

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Smiles galore over here with the result. I especially had a cheap thrill when I made an 1/8 inch blanket stitch around the tiny squares.

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And I added a little label from the clever Selvage fabric from Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan.

She’s got a sewing machine treat too from her new line: “One for me and one for you.” Picture courtesy of Pat Sloan.

Pat Sloan's

Friday Night Block party: Checkerboard

February 28th 2014

Hi there! I have to say that this week has been very exciting in terms of “mail” related to all the cool activities I have joined along with this year.

So before I talk about the

pinwheel block party

I want to give you an update on the Olympic Mug Rug Swap. The ones I made are here, and below are the ones I received, so pretty, she looks just like me!

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I also mentioned a couple of posts ago about the Skinny Pinny Swap and I received my Skinny Pinny this week too!  I just love that fabric and how Nancy, (hi!) tied it off at the end, the buttons and rick rack!

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And I also got a surprise Log Cabin pinny from Amy! Which is the cutest and so thoughtful of her!

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And over on our OLW (One Little Word) group, someone organized a Pen Pal campaign. My Pen Pal sounds like a character right out of a small town novel and I got mail from her as well.  I’ve always wanted to have a pen pal!

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And to boot, I was thrilled to find that I had already made the block for this week which is the Checkerboard, block #19. Easy Peasy.

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This block was fairly easy to construct: squares. The colors in the book were not as uniform as I made them, they alternated with four colors. But I kept is simple using scraps as I have been during this whole process.

I’m going to start a new quilt today so I can have some different scraps because really, I have such nice fabric in my stash, it’s  time to use it.

P.S. Here is last week’s block corrected!

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Olympic Mug Rug Swap

February 17th 2014

Have you seen my Olympic Mug Rugs for the 2014 swap hosted by The Quilting Gallery?  Read all about it here!

The theme is in honor of the Winter Olympics going on in Sochi, Russia this year.  Amanda the Patchsmith is the genius designer behind these patterns which are also on sale in her Crafsy shop.

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/winter-dove-mug-rug/83431

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/russian-doll-mug-rug/83426

 After pondering about what fabric to use, I remembered that I have been hoarding saving some Mary Engelbreit fabric for a special project since 2008, before I got the knack of quilting. She has been such an inspiration for my creative journey, and it was complete serendipity that I discovered she even had a fabric line.

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Luckily, I was able to get several collections before it ran out!  For the mug rugs, I chose fabrics from a charm pack I had called Baskets of Flowers.

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It incorporates her classic reds and yellows mixed in with some softer palettes and prints.  For the Swap, I was assigned a partner from one of my favorite places, Colorado!  I am so glad she likes Mary Engelbreit because I will be sending her the ones I made and she will send me the ones she made.

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The Russian Doll (I call her Babushka) I made blond because when my daughter was a baby, my friend used to call her the Russian baby due to her fair coloring.

baby girl 8 mos.

And her is my dove of peace with some random Mary Engelbreit fabric(her classic “Fried egg flowers”)  I found last year.

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Amanda has some other Olympic inspirational Mug Rugs here in case you missed them!