Happy hump day everyone! Hope your week is going well. It's been rainy and cloudy here with the occasional glimpse of the sun but no snow so I am not complaining!
I finished up some mug rugs for our Mixed Media Studio group's 'Christmas Gift A Week' challenge. We've been challenged to create one quick and simple Christmas gift each week to get us ready for the upcoming holidays. This week I decided to make some mug rugs using a tutorial that our team leader Kathie had posted on her blog (click here to go and view it). After watching Kathie whip through constructing her mug rug I thought 'Well that looks easy' so off I went to peruse my fabric stash .... and that's when the trouble started!
I started to pull out fabrics, and then more fabrics, and then MORE fabrics ... if you are a quilter you have a good eye for which colours and patterns coordinate well, I am NOT a quilter! Over an hour went by before I finally had the fabrics to make five mug rugs. Then, I had to cut out six 5" squares to make each little mug rug. Once again, if you are a quilter this would be a piece of cake for you but I am NOT a quilter! I cut, I ironed, I cut again, I ironed again, I laid out the mug rugs, I realized that they would be reversed when I turned them so I laid them out again, I sewed them, I trimmed them, I turned them and I ironed them again ... by the time all was said and done over six hours had passed and I FINALLY had five mug rugs completed. I was exhausted!!
I do have to admit that by the time I was putting number five together that things were going much more smoothly and that if I ever decide to make more of them (which at this point in time is highly UNlikely :O) that they'd go together quicker. As is true for every new endeavour that you attempt, there is a steep learning curve. And to all you quilters out there, I am even more in awe of your talents and patience than I was before! These little guys are very simple and uncomplicated compared to what you do, I can't even begin to imagine trying to make a full size bed quilt!!
So that was my quick and easy Christmas Gift Of The Week for this week, ha! Not sure what I'll be doing for next week but I'm pretty darn sure it will not involve any sewing :O)
And speaking of sewing, I received my 'What Do You See' pattern from Norma for another of our Mixed Media Studio groups swaps. Norma doodles up these amorphous shapes and then we are to make something from the pattern (without altering it) depending upon what we see in the shape.
What do you see? I've got the pattern sewn and stuffed and have started on my vision, can't show you pics yet since I don't know if my swap partner wants to be surprised or not by what I create, but I'll post pictures when I can :O)
I also have a shoe in mid transformation, take a peek at this blog post here to see what Kathie did with hers. Wonderful right?! Mine is still in the early stages but will post a picture of it when I'm done. Who knew you could alter a shoe?!
Must get off the computer and start to clean up the 500 pieces of fabric I pulled yesterday when making those mug rugs!! Have a great rest of the week and happy creating!