I have worked on and completed a variety of projects this week. The first thing I finished was this mug rug.
Mug rugs are a great way to use up small scraps of fabric. And you don’t need a pattern! Just sew your strips together any way you like. This modified log cabin is one of my favorite designs for mug rugs.
Next to be finished was a set of coasters for Valentine’s Day.
I know red and white are traditional colors for Valentine’s Day, but I like to mix things up a bit. I made several set of coasters using this design last fall. It’s a great way to use a few leftover squares from charm packs.
One of the things on my to-do list this week was to make a denim wallet for a boy. I looked on-line for patterns, and on Etsy to get some ideas, but there wasn’t very much information out there. So I just started cutting and stitching. Here’s what I came up with.
This project will continue to evolve. I come up with my best ideas when I’m actually working on a project.
This is the first one I made and I think it is my favorite, so far anyway!
I used the top edge of one of the pockets to make the pockets on the inside of the billfold. I should have made one side a little longer than the other so the seams would miss each other when it is folded.
My big project for the week was a table runner using Moda’s Kissing Booth, another non-traditional Valentine’s Day collection. Most of the fabrics were shades of pink with some brown ones! But the finished effect is stunning.
I usually don’t buy fabric for the borders because I have shelves and shelves of fabric, but the red in this collection had just enough orange in it that nothing in my stash was the right color. I was afraid I was going to have to order yardage of one of the reds in the collection. But, lo and behold, a package of fabric that I had order from Beautiful Quilt Fabric arrived in the mail, and one of my selections was perfect for this border! I had to buy two sets of charm packs to make the runner 16 inches wide by 46 inches long. I have some fabrics leftover, but I’ll think of something to use them for. Coasters, perhaps!
Recently I had ordered a set of Moda’s ABC 123 charm packs because I wanted to make some more baby quilts to put in my Etsy shop. I’m using the same design as I did in the yellow and gray one that I made for the baby shower. This time its primary colors, so I think either a boy or a girl could use it. And this time I did have to order fabric for the border. Thank goodness I found one of the fabrics in the charm pack on sale at Fabric.com. I was looking for red, but the green was on sale. We’ll see if it works out.
In other news, I did some cleaning and putting away of stuff in my “studio” this week, too. And I found the tote bag pattern that had been missing. I want to use it as a starting point for a diaper bag. It just needs more pockets and longer handles.
We are going to a birthday party tomorrow. Luke turns four, so we will see if he likes his billfold. The football I made last year was a big hit.
Sounds like the weather could get dicey over the weekend, too. Stay safe, everyone!