WIP Wednesday: A Quilty Christmas

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
So here’s what I was working on while I should have been, I don’t know, buying gifts or mailing Christmas cards or something.

Ever since I started quilting, I have intended to make a Christmas quilt for my family. And ever since I started quilting, that has somehow not occurred. But you might remember from last week that I finished a Christmas quilt top! Surely it should have been a short, straight line from there to a finished Christmas quilt. Right?

Nope. Somehow instead of one finished Christmas quilt, I now have two finished Christmas tops.
All I did was go into my local quilt shop, with the goal of buying a fun Christmasy print for a quilt back. Easy enough, right? Except then I spotted the Hip Holiday line by Josephine Kimberling. And I had to have it. A lot of it (or at least more than was warranted for a back).

Long story short, what started as a simple pieced back in some of the Hip Holiday prints somehow turned into a second whole Christmas quilt, of a design inspired by Katie’s Star Bright quilt. Because once I finished piecing this “back,” it occurred to me that it was totally not a back at all. Oh well.

So then I managed to whip up two quilt backs (actual backs this time), baste them both, and now quilting is in progress. I’m hoping to get at least one done before Christmas, maybe. If I keep ignoring those gifts and cards.

Enough about me. What are you working on this week?
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Book shipping update: Vintage Quilt Revival is finally IN STOCK on Amazon! You can still get a copy in time for Christmas via standard shipping if you hurry. Makes a great gift! : )

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WIP Wednesday: Lotsa Tops

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hey, it’s Wednesday again, isn’t it? How did that happen?

You know, I always have a lot of WIPs going. What I don’t usually have are a lot of finished—but unquilted—tops. When I finish a top, I feel like I’m in the homestretch—so there’s no point in letting it sit once it gets to that point! I almost always manage to quilt them right away.

Which is why it’s so odd that right now I have no less than four unquilted tops cluttering up my sewing room. Unacceptable! I might need to have a Christmas vacation quilt-a-thon to catch me up.

Anyway, here’s one of two tops I finished this week—my version of Faith’s Geometric Slide pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival. But instead of using the Double Z block, as Faith did in her pattern, I used one of Katie’s blocks from a different project the book: the Geometric Star block. Geometric Slide + Geometric Star = Geometric Awesomeness. In fact, maybe that’s what I’ll call this one. And this demonstrates one of my favorite things about Vintage Quilt Revival: You can swap blocks within the project patterns, so there are an almost infinite number of ways to make these projects very much your own. Of course, now I just have to figure out how to quilt this puppy.

And here’s another top that’s finally finished after a whole year in the making. I had my friends in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee make star blocks for me, out of Monica Solorio-Snow’s Winterkist line. I gave them all free reign to make whatever star block they wanted, and they really did it up, don’t you think?

My girls are so excited about finally having a Christmas quilt! I guess that means this one should be first on my “To Quilt” list.

My other unquilted tops are Wavelength (above – pattern now available here) and my Giant Vintage Star quilt made for me by the ladies of the Sew Beautiful bee. In fact, maybe I should set a goal to get them all quilted by January 1! Is that too ambitious?

So, what are you working on this week?
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Ruby Star Wrap-Along: Fancy Fabric Envelopes

Hello, and thanks for visiting my stop on the Ruby Star Wrap-Along!

So, it’s the holidays. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that none of us need additional items on our to-do lists right about now. It’s difficult enough to find the time to make or buy the gifts themselves. So if I’m going to get crafty with the wrapping/packaging, it better be with an easy, quick little project.

Thankfully, Ruby Star Wrapping
by Melody Miller and Allison Tannery is full of projects like that, including these Fancy Fabric Envelopes. They’re fun, simple, so lightning-fast to make, and a great way to show off favorite prints. I spent less than two hours making all three of the fabric envelopes in this blog post, and that includes finding and attaching the decorative accents on the flaps.

Fancy Fabric Envelope
When I first looked at the instructions for the Fancy Fabric Envelopes, I thought, “Wait, why did I pick this project again?” Because there’s math involved in this one, you guys. You have to add 1/4″ here and subtract 1/2″ there and multiply by 1.6 over here. Ack! Fortunately, once I started working my way through the project, everything made sense, and the math wasn’t nearly as difficult as it had first appeared to be. The only issue I had is that it’s easy to mix up which dimension is the height of the envelope and which dimension is the width, so keep track carefully.

Fancy Fabric Envelope
My one other snafu was the discovery that you probably shouldn’t use directional fabric on the back of the envelope. That directional fabric wraps around to the front and becomes a flap—which means that the fabric has to be upside down either on the back of the envelope or on the flap (as you can see, on my big envelope, the flap fabric is upside down). So, you may want to use directional prints only on the front of the envelope or the inside.

The pattern also calls for some sort of decorative notion on the front flap. I’ve had a kit that makes fabric-covered buttons hanging around for ages, but never quite knew what to do with it. I finally got my chance to use it with these envelopes! The buttons make great accents on the flaps.

Fancy Fabric Envelope
For this one, I threw caution to the wind and attempted to adjust the proportions of the front flap a little. In order to make the flap longer, I started the flap triangle an inch or so below where it was supposed to start. I like how it turned out.

Fancy Fabric Envelope
I was thinking I might use these as teacher gifts, but my 3-year-old has decided they also make excellent beds for her Brewers Racing Sausage dolls. So maybe we’ll keep them after all. I would hate for Bratwurst to have to sleep on the cold, bare floor.

Want to get the Ruby Star Wrapping book? You can pick it up at Amazon, of course. Plenty of other places too, I’m sure!

Don’t forget to link up your Wrap-Along projects at Amy’s blog for a chance to win great prizes! You can link up right here. Thanks, Amy, for having me on the Ruby Star Wrap-Along! And check out the rest of the stops on the Wrap-Along:

11.7.12 – Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 – Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 – Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 – Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 – Erin of Two More Seconds

11.19.12 – Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss

11.21.12 – Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.26.12 – Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 – Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 – Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 – Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 – Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts
12.7.12 – Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 – Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 – Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 – Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 – Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 – Monica of The Happy ZombieP.S. Like my snazzy new look for the blog? I’ve got a few tweaks left to make in the coming days, but I’m thrilled to be freshening things up around here! : )


WIP Wednesday Guest Hosted by Elizabeth of OPQuilt

Hurry! Hurryhurryhurryhurry!

I’m Elizabeth of OccasionalPiece-Quilt (also known as and as a long-time reader of Lee’s blog, I’m honored and happy to be guest hosting today.

But what’s the hurry? It’s December, and that means Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, birthdays, holiday parties, holiday decorating and if you don’t have your lights up the day after Thanksgiving, the little elf in your ear (not that Elf of the Shelf, but by the way did you remember to move him last night?) is whispering not sweet nothings, but lists and lists of tasks for you to complete all by that magical night. And pretty soon your life begins to be a blur, kind of like an Instagram hashtag, with everything mushed together.

So just for a moment, take a breath. You’ve arrived at Lee’s fabulous blog, where we’re all working hard to create lovely quilts. Stop careening through the holidays just long enough to linger—as that’s really the only way to slow down time, to have a bit of stillness before you remember that you wanted to hit Target, take the returns to Kohl’s, pickupcandycanesatthegrocerystoreand … whoa. Stop. First, just take a few minutes to see the quilts linked up below. And while you’re at it, leave some fellow quilters a little note of encouragement and some holiday cheer.

I don’t know about your elf, but my elf’s been making lists and lists, so I’m here to talk about some of those things I’m working on as part of WIP Wednesday. (That whispering dude is positively manic over here.)

I have two of these. For some reason, I just can’t get excited about Christmas sewing until later in the year. I need to work on that. (Note to self.  No, note to ELF.) I found that set of snowman blocks (above) in the bottom of this bin. What could I do with those old blocks?

This array calls out to be to be a quilt. Can’t decide. Back in the box (I’ve been doing this for a couple of years.)

I bought all of Sweetwater’s Countdown to Christmas line last year, but for a variety of reasons, never got to it, in spite of having terrific directions from Moda’s Bake Shop. This is the year, I say.

So I cut and lay out the stars, arranging them on my pin wall to sew together, right after I mail the Christmas cards.

This wonky wintery quilt really needs to be taken out of its box and put together. I can stitch on them right after I bake persimmon bread with the basket full of persimmons from my neighbor’s tree that I could then wrap up for the mail lady, the grandmother across the street who is raising two grandkids. (See? I can’t help myself either!)

A stop at my LQS provided some encouragement–the snowflakes will be a great backing.

In spite of all that Christmas fabric you saw earlier, I did finish a Christmas quilt for the bed a couple of years ago, and this weekend saw me cut out and start sewing the pillow shams. In the background is Cindy of Live a Colorful Life, because she came and stayed the weekend that we had our quilt group’s holiday party. It was fun to get started on the holiday sewing with friends all around the table!

I finished up the shams last night and here they are on the bed. I blew up the 12-inch block design to 20 inches so as to make it fit the dimensions.

And a some favorite Christmas finishes from the past. This is my Log
Cabin Advent Calendar, which I taught for a class a while back, and
have made several times. More info is available on my blog, so stop by to download the free instructions.

Little holiday-themed buttons are hung on the tree, attached by loops of ribbon.

Remember that without all of us happy quilters, December would just be one more month in the calendar. Whatever holiday celebrations you have planned, whatever magic you are busy making, I hope for you some quiet moments in this season of joy.

Now it’s your turn—let’s see your WIPs! Here are the rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?

Happy sewing!

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WIP Wednesday: With Guest Host Michelle of CityHouseStudio

Happy WIP Wednesday!

My name is Michelle, and I blog at CityHouseStudio. I’m delighted to be guest hosting WIP Wed this week! Thanks so much for having me, Lee!
I have found that summer is not my most productive season for quilting. Summer in Minnesota is short; we spend every possible moment enjoying the pool, the parks, and our backyard! While I’ll really miss the kids after they start school (the Tuesday after Labor day), I’m giddy thinking about a whole day to myself to sew!
Here’s what I have finished recently:
a Baby Quilt for my cousin’s new baby
(9 blocks of wonky stars, using this tutorial)
My helper, Holly—she loved helping me lay out the design!
She also requested that we make a fish to go with the quilt, but this didn’t go so well. I just couldn’t figure out how to get the tail to look right!
Another “Read” Library Tote—pattern available here.
I need to make a few more of these! Each of my girls has requested one, along with a friend with twin girls, too. Luckily the letters are really fun to paper piece!
I’m close to finishing up these projects:
Asterisk Quilt (tutorial for the scrappy asterisks is here). This was my choice for my last month as “quilter” for the Peace Circle of do. Good Stitches. I quilted this with FMQ loops, but still need to sew on the binding.
I’m working on pattern testing a bag for a friend—more to come on this project soon!
Just started project: Vintage Holiday QAL with Fabric Mutt
I’ve finished 2 blocks so far, and they were QUICK! The QAL is officially on blocks 7 and 8 (out of 12, yikes!), but I don’t think it will take too long to catch up.
These are such fun blocks to make! I’m using red and green fabrics that aren’t necessarily “Christmas” fabrics, with grey seeds from FMF for the ornament tops and binding.
Now it’s your turn to link up. Here are the rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?



Christmas in July Block-A-Thon: My Block

Okay, this is the last time I’ll talk about Christmas until December, I swear. : ) But today is the day that my block is featured in the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon on the Free Spirit Fabric blog.

I had a very long, narrow block shape that I thought lent itself to some interesting partial-block designs. In fact, once I started working on this block, I started thinking of it almost as if you’re looking at the night sky through a narrow skylight! That’s why I’m calling this block “A Piece of Sky.” Some of those half-square triangles are on the small side, both other than that, this block is really quite easy to make. Head over to the Free Spirit blog for the full tutorial.

And remember, all of the Christmas in July blocks being featured on the Free Spirit blog will make for one fabulous holiday quilt by the time we’re all done! You can follow along right now to make your own quilt, or Free Spirit will be putting the entire collection of block tutorials into a handy e-book for those of you who want to make it later.

And on top of all this blocky goodness, I also get to giveaway a charm pack of Free Spirit’s Designer Essentials prints. Just to give you an idea of what you can do with a charm pack like this, Faith made this beautiful quilt for Spring Quilt Market entirely from Free Spirit Designer Essentials:

Photo by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

To win the Designer Essentials charm pack, just leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw a winner on Monday. Good luck!


Sew Merry and Bright Book Review and Giveaway

So, are you all Christmas-ed out yet? I hope not, because today it’s my turn to talk about Linda Lum DeBono’s new book, Sew Merry and Bright.


I met Linda at Quilt Market a few months ago and liked her right away. She’s down-to-earth, funny, and tells it like it is. And her designs are just as bold and bright as she is—check out her blog to see more. So I was excited to get my hands on her new holiday-themed book. It’s one-stop-shopping for all the Christmas patterns you could possibly need!
This book has patterns for a tree skirt, a table runner, a pillow case, placemats, two different stockings, advent calendars, a quilt … you name it, it’s in there! And she has some ridiculously adorable wool-felt ornaments. In fact, there are five different ornament designs to make, on top of all the other projects.
I whipped up this sweet little squirrel ornament with some textured wool felt. Linda glams up her ornaments in the book with sparkly beads on the ornament hangers, but as you can see, this little guy works just as well with a simpler look. (I used decorative red-and-white butcher’s twine for my ornament hanger and a single shiny black bead for his eensy eye.)
And I will definitely be making Linda’s matryoshka ornament before the Christmas tree goes up. How freaking cute are they? They even come apart and can work as individual matryoshkas. My kids will be all over that!


Would you like to win a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright? Just leave a comment here. And don’t forget, my Christmas fabric bundle giveaway is still open as well—click here to enter that one, too! Can’t have a Christmas book without some Christmas fabric, right? I’ll draw winners for both giveaways Tuesday afternoon.  (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)

And don’t forget, there are more chances to win the book—tomorrow’s stop is the Martingale Publishing blog. (You can check out the full blog tour schedule on Linda’s blog.) But if you don’t win, no worries—Sew Merry and Bright is now available on Amazon. Good luck!

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Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

It was 102 degrees yesterday, the air conditioning was cranked, and I got too much sun at the pool. Christmas is pretty much the last thing that should be on my mind, right? Except that somehow, December 25 always manages to sneak up on me. And with the inevitable gift buying/making rush, Christmas decor projects tend to take a back seat. So really, why not make a Christmas tree skirt on a 102-degree day in July?


With that in mind, welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy! Every year since I started sewing, I’ve been saying I would make a Christmas tree skirt for my family, and this year, we will finally have one. A few months ago, I pinned this half-square-rectangle tutorial from the Modern Quilt Guild’s “100 Days of Modern Quilting” series. When I went to design this tree skirt, it called out to me. Here’s how to make the tree skirt, using the MQG’s tutorial.

You will need:
– 1.5 yards solid white (or other background fabric)
– 3/4 yard of red prints or scraps
– 3/4 yard green prints or scraps
– about two yards of fabric for the back
– 3/4 yard of solid red for binding

– Cut (18) 5″ x 7″ rectangles from green prints
– Cut (18) 5″ x 7″ rectangles from red prints
– Cut (36) 5″ x 7″ rectangles from solid white
– Cut (4) 8.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles from solid white
– Cut (4) 8.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles from solid white

How to make it:

1. Start by going to The Modern Quilt Guild’s blog for their tutorial on making half-square rectangles. For this tree skirt, you’ll want 24 red half-square rectangles going in one direction, and 12 red half-square rectangles going in the opposite direction. For green, you’ll want to swap that—so you need 24 green half-square rectangles going in the opposite direction of the 24 reds, and 12 greens going in the opposite direction of the 12 reds. Clear as mud? Great. Moving on. : )

2. So you should now have a total of 72 finished half-square rectangles. Again, following the instructions from the MQG’s tutorial, make those 72 units into 18 diamond blocks.

3. Lay out your completed diamond blocks as shown above. The first three rows are staggered, followed by a row that isn’t staggered, followed by two more staggered rows. The 8.5″ x 12.5″ white pieces go in each corner, and the 8.5″ x 6.5″ pieces are in the second row in from each side, at the top and bottom.

4. Once I completed the top, I decided to baste the skirt before trimming it into an octagon shape. (I figured it would be easier to baste while the skirt was still square, but I didn’t want to spend time quilting areas that would eventually be trimmed off. So trimming after basting but before quilting was my solution—but you could really trim at any point in the process.) To create the octagon, measure along the edges of the basted skirt, 16.25″ from each corner, and make a mark.

5. Then lay your ruler diagonally across the corner, from mark to mark, and trim. Voila, it’s an octagon! Oh, and save the corner pieces that you cut off—they’re great for practicing your FMQ!

6. Now you’re ready to quilt. Since this was the first project I quilted on my new Horizon, I wanted to try a free-motion design that I’d never done before—and since I’ve never done anything but stippling, I had lots of options. : ) I went with loopy squiggles.
7. Now comes the scary part: Cutting into an almost-completed quilt to make space for the tree trunk! I used a cereal bowl to trace a circle in the dead-center of my skirt (dead center is easy to find thanks to the block seams).

8. Once the circle was traced, I used a ruler and my rotary cutter to cut right down the center seam of the quilt, starting at the top edge and stopping once you’ve cut into the traced circle.

9. Then I used my scissors to cut out the center hole.

Looks more like a tree skirt now, right?

10. That just leaves binding. With the octagon’s odd angles and the circular hole in the center, bias binding is a must here. I always make continuous binding when I use bias—click here for a great tutorial on how to do this from Julie of Jaybird Quilts (scroll down to Method #2). It’s a convenient way to make bias binding, and results in less waste. I made my binding from a 27″ square and had plenty left over.

11. To bind around the odd angles of the octagon, I used this tutorial by Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka’s Treasures. It’s more or less the same concept as binding 90-degree corners. Once you’ve gone around the octagon, keep going down one of the long cut edges, around the inner circle and back up the other cut edge, right back to where you started, like a normal square quilt.

Christmas in July
And there you have it! One bright, modern Christmas tree skirt, and I already have one less thing on my holiday to-do list! Woo hoo!

But wait, here’s the best part: Now I get to give away a big ol’ bundle of fabric to one of you, to get a head start on your own Christmas projects! The Intrepid Thread is sending one lucky winner an FQ bundle of the entire “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” line by Creative Thursday. How adorable are those little cardinals?? Just leave a comment on this post telling me how you would celebrate Christmas … in July. Margaritas? Trip to the beach? Lying in the hammock all day? : ) (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)

Oh, and just in case you don’t win that lovely bundle, Manda of Manda Made Quilts is hosting a Christmas in July Charm Swap and needs about 15 more swappers. Sounds like a good way to get a variety of holiday prints—all the details are here.

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Thank you to The Intrepid Tread for sponsoring today’s giveaway! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog hop—the full schedule is below. Now, off to the pool! : )

Monday 7/16 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
Tuesday 7/17 – Sew Crafty Jess
Wednesday 7/18 – Pink Penguin
Thursday 7/19 – Freshly Pieced
Friday 7/20 – Sew Sweetness
Monday 7/23 – Happy Quilting
Tuesday 7/24 – Comfort Stitching
Wednesday 7/25 – Diary of a Quilter
Thursday 7/26 – Felicity Quilts


Happy Holidays

I was tempted to whine in this post about how busy I’ve been the last few weeks—and how much I still have left to do. Then I realized, this holiday has the potential to be hard on everybody, in one way or another. And “being busy” doesn’t hold a candle to what some people are facing this season. But there is also the potential for a whole lot of happiness. So in that vein, I’m not going to post pictures of my perfect Christmas decorations (because mine so aren’t) or dozens of wrapped gifts (because none of mine are wrapped yet, so that would be hard to do).

Right now there is exactly one present wrapped and under my tree. So I’m going to post about that, because this is where my holiday happiness lives, crazy wrapping and all. : ) (Pretty sure my daughter got some help from my husband with this wrapping, and the picture of the psycho inmate in the wheelchair was his idea of a hilarious joke. Let’s hope, anyway.)
Very happy holidays to all of my blog readers and your families. I hope, no matter what challenges you’re facing, that you can find the happiness. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for this blog and appreciative that people take time out of their busy days to come here, just to see what I’m making. You guys bring me almost as much happiness as the one present that’s under my tree.

Strip-Pieced Zig-Zag Mug Rug

Welcome to my turn at Mug Rug Madness! Thank you to Erin at Two More Seconds for inviting me to be a part of this round. This is a fun blog hop and I’m so excited to be involved!

I’ve got this fun little zig-zag mug rug for you today. But don’t worry, no half-square triangles involved here! This one’s strip-pieced and can be put together while you’re waiting for a batch of holiday cookies to finish baking. I made mine using the Ready Set Snow collection from Moda—the bright colors of this collection lend themselves all kinds of design possibilities. Ready to make yours?
1. Cut the following:
Blue stripe
• 1.5″ x 7.5″
Red Christmas tree print
• 1.5″ x 2.5″
• 1.5″ x 7.5″
• 1.5″ x 10″
Green stripe
• 1.5″ x 7.5″
• 1.5 x 10″
White snowflake print
• 1.5″ x 2.5″
• 1.5″ x 7.5″
• 1.5″ x 10″
Red swirl print
• 1.5″ x 7.5″
• 1.5″ x 10″
Blue dot
• (4) 1.5″ x 2.5″
• 1.5″ x 7.5″
2. Pair up the 7.5″ and 10″ strips that you just cut, using the photo above as a key. I.e., the blue stripe goes with one of the Christmas tree print strips, the other Christmas tree strip goes with a green stripe strip, etc. The 2.5″ strips do not get paired up. Sew each pair of strips together.
3. Cut your sewn strips into 2.5″ sections. You should now have 17 2.5″ squares, plus the 6 additional 1.5″ x 2.5″ pieces.
4. Arrange the squares (plus the extra 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles) as shown above.
5. Sew the squares together into angled rows.
6. Sew the rows together, aligning the vertical seams to get the correct placement of each row.
7. Trim your mug rug by lining up one of the angled seams with the 45 degree line on your cutting board, as shown.
I trimmed mine to 6.75″ x 8.75″.
8. Quilt and bind you mug rug. I quilted straight zig-zag lines 1/4″ from the seams.
9. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy!
Again, thanks again to Erin for hosting Mug Rug Madness. Hop over to her blog to see lots of other cute holiday mug rugs, plus tips and tricks for making your own.