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Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Full Moon and Log Cabin Loonies

Full moon and time to post about log cabin blocks.  Some of us are linking together on full moon day each month to show log cabin blocks and quilts.

I have been working on more of the blocks I started for this Log Cabin Lunacy but no pics of those today.

Yesterday I did do a blog post showing quilting of what I call a picnic quilt...
There is a link on yesterday's blog post to last year June 24, 2015 blog post with photos of how I made the blocks...like log cabin blocks.

I am sharing a photo of a log cabin quilt I made last year.  It is called string bean log cabin and it is a free pattern on Craftsy by Pat Sloan.  I used some of her jelly roll fabrics plus others for this quilt.  It was a very fun quilt to make.

Linking to JulieKQuilts with the other Log Cabin Loonies........

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

finally quilting scrappy picnic quilt and misc...

 I started quilting this scrappy picnic quilt yesterday...
I finished piecing the top June 2015 and the link to the blog post is   here
In the blog post I talked about the 16 patches and other blocks that are all 4½" unfinished.
There is a tutorial that shows my system for making the blocks.
 Here is a quilt block for an online friend I made in June.  Photo is before I trimmed...it is a Bonnie Hunter block from a magazine.
 Here is another quilt block I made in July for another online friend that likes butterflies.

The WW site has changed with the community section gone now.

I decided to continue my WW blog posts at the WW site at Connect.
Connect uses hashtags for direction to everything and  #hungrytolose is the hashtag for my blog.

There is an awesome challenge going on there...  #30daysjournalchallenge.

Here is a photo of a blueberry muffin microwave in a mug and the recipe is here  at hungry girl.
I have a tip to make it easier each time....make up separate bags of dry ingredients.
There are 6 dry ingredients....so then all you have to do is get out 5 ingredients when you are ready to make them.  Each one is 2 smart points.

Linking with Freemotion by the River...Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, August 5, 2016

D9P mug rug tutorial

Step by step instructions for a cute little mug rug that is so fun to make.....
These are specific directions for this mug rug.
 Make a 9 patch block.....using jelly roll strips...sew groups of 3 strips x 3....
OR if you are making just one mug rug use 2½" squares...

I made sure to have darker fabrics on the corners and a plain red in the center...
And lighter colors in the centers of each side.
 Cut the 9 patch down the center each way to make 4 blocks........
 This is the arrangement I chose for this block but you can arrange it any way that you like....
Place the batting behind the block and do FMQ with words and loops and hearts...
Stitch close to the edge of the block where the opening is going to be so the seam doesn't unravel when you are turning it.
Use a light box to mark the edge of the block on the batting with Frixion pen.
Put right sides together and stitch 1/4" away from the mark and leave about a 2" opening.
Trim away the extra batting and trim the corners.
Pull through the opening and poke out the corners.

 Put glue on the seams in the opening to hold them together and press the seam all around.
Then top stitch close to the edge.

I made this last month specifically for an online friend that makes Christmas gifts all year.
I wrote on the back - Queen of Christmas Countdown.

Several years ago I made some that were very similar to this one.  Let me know if you make any of these following my tutorial.

Linking to Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River

Smiles and hugs....Caryl