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Monday, 25 April 2016

A Little Crazy Mug Rug: FREE Pattern

This charming mug rug is a foundation pieced design inspired by the crazy quilt. It measures 10 x 7-1/2 inches. I love the oval shape and the fussy cut center adds an interesting focal point. The piece is quilted with decorative machine stitching to mimic crazy quilt embroidery. This would be a fun and fast project for anyone new to foundation paper piecing.

Pattern includes instructions for how to do a fussy cut (with template) and how to cut foundation fabric accurately.

The print fabrics I used are from the Garden Party collection by Tea & Sympathy. The yellow fabric is Henna Mustard Seed from the Eden collection by Tula Pink.
A Little Crazy Mug Rug Pattern

A Little Crazy Mug Rug Free Pattern by Monica Curry

A Little Crazy Mug Rug - detail

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Identify fabric fibre content in ONE EASY STEP

How To Test Mystery Fabrics for fiber Content
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I occasionally pick up fabrics from thrift stores, and I can usually tell the difference between cotton and polyester, but there are times when I'm stumped by the blends. The ladies at So Sew Easy put together a good video on how to determine if your fabric is synthetic or the real deal. It's important to know what you're working with before it's too late. Case in point, I once made a whole wack of HSTs and when I went to press my first batch, one triangle on every HST shrunk because I didn't realize it was polyester/cotton. Why did the triangles shrink? The poly fibres in the fabric melted from the hot iron. Poly is short for polyethylene aka plastic.
See the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDXOl4UbSqU

Monday, 18 April 2016

FREE foundation piecing pattern

This arrowhead foundation pieced block is simple to make for a beginner and a quick project for the seasoned pro. See my Teepee Trails placemat pattern using a similar block HERE


Free Arrowhead Foundation Piecing Template

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Tee pee Trails Quilted Placemat Pattern

For me, the teepee is a symbol of home and especially being at home with nature. I paid homage to the humble teepee with my new placemat pattern, Teepee Trails. The pattern comes with yardage for two and four placemats. This foundation pieced project is simple to make for a beginner and a quick project for the seasoned pro.
Teepee Trails Placemat Pattern

teepee trails quilted placemats pattern