mspt: quilted coasters

(mspt = make something pretty today)

Following my self-imposed challenge to actually use up my favorite fabrics, I made a set of coasters from the Tilda Apple Butter fabric.

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Very pleased! And our furniture will thank us later.

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mspt: a mug rug and a mat

I’ve wanted a flag-themed mug rug to put on my desk at work for a **long** time. I’d like to rotate these out to match the holiday or season. Even if it’s just sitting under a plant, it makes the office space feel a little cheerier.

I used fabrics from Bonnie & Camille, Handmade, and Lecien, Flower/Sugar, and the dots are Walmart.

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I think what took me so long to make these was that I wasn’t sure what to do about the blue stars area. I could have pieced a quilt star, but my stash is not strong on navy nor stars, so what I had on hand wasn’t suitable.

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The roses, though, seem appropriate, and pulls it all together in a shabby-chic way.

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I’m happy with the mat. Maybe could have made the star area larger? Overall, the piece is about 12″x16″.

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I used the same idea for the mug rug. The flowers on blue work a little better, as there is more blue showing.

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Someone wrote an article about how people who decorate for the holidays are happier people. What do you think? I thought it couldn’t hurt to try a little harder to step up my decorating game. Maybe it’s true?

mspt: make something pretty today – pillowcases

I made two of these, whew, what a lot of work.

Still, I was glad of being able to sit around and keep my hands busy. These turned out so pretty.

I kept the color palette limited so the design wasn’t too complicated, but with enough variation that the result wasn’t cartoonish.

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The variegated purple above worked out terrific; I’m always suspect about why anyone would buy variegated, but I picked up more in other colors for other projects after trying it for this. It makes the color changes in those flowers so simple.

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I still don’t know how to crochet, so I picked up some cotton lace at the craft store to complete the project. Yep, I made TWO of these.

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pretty things: covered journal

Another friend is moving, so I made a second covered journal.

This time with a Flying geese pattern. I’ve only sewn Flying Geese one other time, and they are surprisingly quick and easy, for a sophisticated look.

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I used an obvious pattern toile, and mixed up the part that “shows” when I was assembling the component pieces. The journal cover layers 4 layers which you turn inside-out, and having to double-think which part ends up visible in the end is tricky. At least if you don’t remember the secret: What you see, is what shows when you’re finished. This goat should have been a cute chicken in a tree, sigh.

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Altogether, I’m pleased with how it turned out. A slight flaw, but that’s handmade for you.

You remember how, was it the Quakers or the Shakers? would always purposely put a flaw into their projects because they didn’t want to offend G-d by assuming to make something perfect? I don’t have the problem. They all come out imperfect on their own. 😀

 

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I saw someone make these refrigerator magnets probably **years** ago by now, and always thought back on how pretty they were, and how I would like to make some.

I had to find the right fabric, and the button covers, and the magnets…not difficult things to accomplish, but not something I made an effort to achieve.

Until now.

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I used Tilda “Apple Butter” fabric.

These are sort of fiddly to make, and took a lot of re-doing.

It feels a little more zen to have a tidy “look” to the refrigerator clutter.

 

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I made another covered journal for a friend who moved away (boo!) and bought a new house.

The book is intended to keep a journal of house activities, so you can look back and know exactly when you did things like update the water heater, install a new faucet, keep paint chips and chronicle where you bought the paint and when–and so on, and so on.

I have found mine invaluable, because I also write down the services I call and how much they charged–the plumber, the electrician, the guy who came out and charged way too much for an inspection–I know who not to call again!

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I think the fabrics are both by Bonnie and Camille, one called “Vintage Picnic,” and the other “Handmade.”

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I bought that button twenty years ago to use on a sweater. I have a whole set, four tea cups and two tea pots. They have travelled with me all this time, the sweater long ago thrown away because it didn’t fit very well. There’s a reason I don’t knit garments anymore.

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I don’t remember what this interior fabric is, but I wish I would have bought more of it.

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The cover holds a drawing book that I bought at Walmart. They have increased their craft section in recent years, and have a lot of really good stuff at reasonable prices. The spiral binding on this book means there’s lots of room to paste in receipts and paint chips, the book expands well and is not crowded.

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I think this is a great housewarming gift, because it will come in handy for the whole life of the house!