I’m almost all caught up.
Have you ever had projects that you’ve promised people (or promised yourself that you’d make for people), only to miss the deadline (if there was one) and have it loom over your head, nagging you every time you have some free time to create?
Great. Me neither!
Actually, yes, there are a few left on my plate. But this weekend I was able to finish up one that is really special: a mug rug for my mom for her birthday. Which was in the fall. Oops!!
What I Loved: Making a cute little mug rug was a great way to use up pretty scraps from other projects and completely validated the way I save small bits of batting. A win! I also loved the chance to make a fun quilt block without having to commit an entire quilt to it. And I was able to use some Tiger Tape that was sent to me in my Fat Quarter Box last year – it was the best way to make even stitches on my binding!! I’d imagine it would be amazing for hand quilting as well…
What I Learned: I always free motion quilt randomly, but I’ve been wanting to learn how to follow traced patterns (even if I’m the one designing the pattern). I made some little shell designs, and following the lines wasn’t as hard as I always thought it would be. The stitches aren’t all the same size, so I still need to work on that…
What I’d Do Differently: There are a few small places where my free motion quilting got onto the blue pieces, and the binding didn’t end up as even as it usually does. Plus I couldn’t find navy thread, so I used white to hand sew the binding. It does look even, but it is also visible.