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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mug Rug and Mug Swap GALLERY! on: March 02, 2019 12:34:48 AM
Thimbles71 sent me a trove of treasures and treats for this swap!

A set of handmade cards with quilted and cut out silhouettes of mugs and cups, a teapot, and a diner-style coffee carafe:



Teas, hot cocoa mix, stickers, a little notebook with a quilty duck on the cover, and a teeny smiling teabag on a keychain:



As I am actually having to cull some of my many mugs I asked for an alternate vessel, and Thimbles sent not one but two pouches (both already in use in my backpack) the exterior fabric of which continues the sweet style of the teabag keychain with wee smiling coffee mugs and cupcakes on one and kettles and carafes on the other:



The blue pouch contained most of the treats as well as a big handful of chocolate hearts, while the smaller pouch held several postage stamp looking puffy little fabric squares which I thought I could eventually figure out some crafty use foruntil I was zipping the pouch back up and noticed the back:



How fun is that, a portable little tic tac toe game!

And of course theres the mug rug, a charming square with a whimsical house set in a sweet green garden:



Theres no way Id risk spillage or drippage on this little work of art so it has been hung on the wall where it can be regularly seen and admired.

Oh, and one more item I almost forgot to photograph: a little green felt mouse ornament who is holding an eensy mug as as soon as he arrived he spotted a fellow adorable rodent and sailed away aboard his new pal's boat:



Treats and treasures indeed -- thank you so much, Thimbles!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CLOSED - Mug Rug and Mug Swap (Sign Up: 1/18/19 - 1/26/19; Send Out: 2/18/19) on: February 20, 2019 10:56:28 PM
Well, I was an inadvertent late sender as I managed to have the changed send out date down for today, not yesterday -- sheesh!  Now I'm even more thankful that I managed to get to the post office exactly one minute before it closed.

Best wishes for your dad's speedy recovery, Thimbles.
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Re: Re: CLOSED - Mug Rug and Mug Swap (Sign Up: 1/18/19 - 1/26/19; Send Out: 2/18/19) on: February 05, 2019 02:30:04 PM
Coincidence?  Or is it fate shouting at me: "Decision made, get to work!" -- Huh

It's fate!! Cheesy

Thanks for confirming what I was thinking...and hopefully my partner will be glad I decided to go that way, too!

Am now in what I call the "brainifying" stage -- researching/planning/generally thinking about form, design, style, fabrics, etc., so I have a pretty good idea what I want to do and how I might go about doing it, which I've found is the best way to then be open to and able to swing with any surprises, serendipity, or new ideas that may crop up.

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: CLOSED - Mug Rug and Mug Swap (Sign Up: 1/18/19 - 1/26/19; Send Out: 2/18/19) on: February 01, 2019 12:16:33 AM
Soooo, had started a list of ideas for my partner based on preliminary stalking when today arrived in the mail the first issue of a quilting magazine a friend had gotten me as a surprise gift...and one of the projects is a small wall hanging with the same theme as the top idea on my list.  Coincidence?  Or is it fate shouting at me: "Decision made, get to work!" -- Huh
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mug Rug and Mug Swap (Sign Up: 1/18/19 - 1/26/19; Send Out: 2/18/19) on: January 26, 2019 07:41:07 PM
Questionnaire sent!  And I can do two partners if need be.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mug Rug and Mug swap? on: November 03, 2018 11:39:33 PM
Sounds like that would work if we're the only non-mug participants, but in case others felt the same way, maybe we could just say "a mug rug plus an agreed upon container of some type". Then leave it to the partners to determine what that second item might be.

I like this idea! I wanna leave the mug/container part of the swap...I think it's so fun to find the perfect little goodies to fill it with. Smiley

Yes and yes!  For me, sending a mug would be OK, I just would prefer not to get one.  Maybe the questionnaire could ask if people (a) want a mug or a not-a-mug and (b) are willing to send something other than a mug.  Reviewing the answers might be just a bit more work for the organizer at the beginning but should be helpful for pairing up.  And then if, for example, kbrison and I were the only ones who said, "No mug, please," or an even number made that request, partnering would be easy peasy.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mug Rug and Mug swap? on: November 02, 2018 10:46:04 PM
Add me to the list of interesteds!  Although would anyone else be interested it having it be mug-optional?  I have so many so-o-o-o many mugs already....  Or maybe an alternative type of container to hold the drink-related goodies?

I really don't need more mugs either. Any suggestions for alternate goody holders?

First things that come to mind:

Zipper pouch
Drawstring bag
Mini fabric bucket/basket/bowl
Japanese Knot Bag or Bento Bag
Tea-type tin

Will keep my thinking cap on for more....
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mug Rug and Mug swap? on: November 02, 2018 09:53:04 PM
Add me to the list of interesteds!  Although would anyone else be interested it having it be mug-optional?  I have so many so-o-o-o many mugs already....  Or maybe an alternative type of container to hold the drink-related goodies?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jungle prints baby quilt on: September 04, 2018 10:51:07 PM
This was a baby gift; don't remember the dimensions but it's probably about 46"x56" -- I like to give something the kid can use for a while!  The 4-patches are from a junior layer cake (21 pieces of 10 inch squares instead of 42) with prints of "tossed" jungle animals, tumbling monkeys, leaves, jungle-animal-safari words, stripes, and dots.  For the sashing I used part of a jelly roll, and the binding was cut from white-dots-on-red yardage:



Quilting is very simple, just stitch-in-the-ditch along both edges of all the sashing (horizontal and vertical), and edge-to-edge diagonal crisscrossing through the 4-patches:



The back was pieced using a pastel stars print and, to offset the pastel-iness (and keep it from being considered "babyish" as the child ages), herds of giraffes in bright shades of the same colors as the stars:





Using wisdom gleaned from the quilternet, for durability I machine sewed the binding and used a scallop stitch with red thread that pretty much disappears on the front but makes a fun additional design on the back:



I know most people use this technique in a way that actually hides the stitching on the back but (a) I haven't perfected that yet and (2) I think this particular visible decorative stitch adds a lively touch that works well with the prints on both sides.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Table Set (runner, placemats, napkins) on: August 06, 2018 12:10:04 AM
Thanks for the nice comments and compliments!
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