Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Put A Little Love In Your Heart - Blog Hop

Thank you, thank you, thank you Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt for coordinating this very fun blog hop.

I signed up thinking I'd make one or two new small pieces for this Hop.  I have several quilted pieces from the past so I didn't see the need to do anything big. HA !!!!


So this is my start up piece.  I am a mug rug person.  Mainly I use them to muffle the noise of my cup bagging down on the table first thing in the morning.  I must have close to a dozen of them that I rotate through on a regular basis.  


Some are holiday or season specific and some just for a happy (and quiet) start to my day.

Then I started to see several quilts pop up on social media made up of individual squares put together to make a heart.  While they were cute I really didn't want to hunt down or create that many squares from my scraps and stash, and I am all about trying to use of scraps and stash for 2018.

So at 2:00 am, my best time to have eye opening ideas I determined that I could get a similar result if I just used strips.


Got up and did a basic draft (using my mug rug to silence the cup and sugar wafer noise) of what I had in mind.

Next I went to my scraps and stash and successfully took the idea from paper to fabric.


Waited for the sun - shows up the wicked folding job, but the colors are closer to true. The quilt is actually almost a square. The pictures all make it look a lot more rectangular than the 50 x 53  it actually measures.


Bedroom floor doesn't do the colors justice.  (I am a quilter, not a photographer)


Love the back.  Both the backing and the background fabrics are from backing specific fabric.  The kind that comes 108 inches wide.  I think it is a super buy for the money.  I have lots of strange size chunks of it in my stash. Just perfect for this type of project.

And last but not least are these wonderful little Rice Bags.


They did not start out as an intentional item for this hop.  I had a request for a path, from Donna, to my original tutorial on making them.  That tutorial was posted on a blog that no longer is in existence. And my original information was on a computer that no longer functions.


So the other day when I went to recreate the tutorial for the rice bag with the removable cover  I pulled heart fabric for the cover and added it to this post so that I could offer one of them as a giveaway.  Is that serendipity?  


Anyway, I would love to send a rice bag to someone here in the US.  I'm sorry to have to limit the offer but I have found out the hard way that Rice is extremely expensive to mail outside of the country. Just comment and I'll pull a name on Friday 2/9 after 6 PM EST.

So that's it for me for this go round but there are lots and lots of us participating in this hop. Here is a full list so you can check everyone's Heart felt contribution


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the visit.











40 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects!

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  2. That 2 am brain wave often gets me out of bed. I need to get it down before I lose the idea. Well done your project came out beautiful. Someone will love your rice bag. I may have to make one myself.

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  3. Your project ended up being a nice quilt instead of a mug rug! I was so surprised when you gave the size. Very pretty. And thanks for sharing the directions for the rice bag. Great idea.

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing ! I need to try and make a few of those rice bags!

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  5. Come cute projects. Just put a little basket and a few lines on the bottom of that big heart, and you'd have a hot air balloon :) lol. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Love your adorable mug rug, and that quilt! Don't you love when something in your brain becomes a reality? I like the ombre-type color gradation with your strips on the big heart. And using your stash like that is like getting a bonus quilt! Lovely!

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  7. Pretty projects, thanks for sharing!!

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  8. Precious mug rug! I love to give them as gifts, esp. when I can incl. a coordinating cup!

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  9. Isn't it funny how such great ideas come at night interrupting our sleep. Love the quilt and your mug rug. That fabric for the rice bag is great. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Very Adorable heart themed mug rug & quilt. The rice bags look great to have when TLC is needed. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

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  11. A post full of great inspiration. Thank you for sharing your creative process. I think we all get those ideas and can't wait to bring them to life. Your mornings sound wonderful, I think I need that mug rug.

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  12. I love all your projects! I must make one of those heart quilts one of these days--you did what I would do--strips instead of tons of squares--much easier. Thanks for sharing your LOVEly creations!

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  13. That's a great idea to make a removable cover for the rice bag!

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  14. Great projects. Your heart quilt turned out lovely. Love the strip idea. I agree the wide backings is overall a great value, and you always seem to have a lot left over. Love rice bags, corn bags.

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  15. You were busy, busy with all these heart projects. I love the quilt with strips! We use rice bags here all the time for achy backs and having hearts on them definitely shows the love. Thanks for playing along with the blog hop and sharing all these fun projects and ideas! :O)

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  16. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart projects!

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  17. Since I have already won one of your generous giveaways, I'll decline to enter this one. However, I do want to tell you that I like your projects. Love the fabrics in all of them, especially the quilt.

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  18. Beautiful projects. I really love your mug rug. And I love the idea of using strips to make your quilt. Never would have thought of that. It is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing today. (Please don't put my name in your giveaway. I also make these.

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  19. Really cool projects. Awesome colors on the quilt. Great way to make a heart!! Have a fun day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  20. Great idea for your quilt - I love it. Thanks

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  21. Cute projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Love your projects, that mug rug is adorable

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  23. Your heart quilt is awesome! I have made a double heart quilt with 2.5" squares...you were smart!!! The rice bag looks awesome (you could always remove the rice for mailing and let the recipient fill the bag and do the finish sewing!). Your mug rugs are great...I like to make them but the binding is such a pain!!

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  24. Lovely. Mug rugs are the best - not only do they fulfill a need but they are just so cute and quick. I did see your new tut for the rice bag with the removable cover. Totally the best idea. Happy Heart Day.

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  25. Your heart projects are so nice. I love the mug rugs. I'll bet the rice bags are very soothing.

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  26. I love your mug rug. Thank you for the rice bag tutorial;I really like the idea of removable cover.

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  27. Not only do I adore your Heart mug rug and quilt and rice bags...I truly enjoyed how you described working through your 2 am idea. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...xo

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  28. Your mug rug is terrific. Love your rice bags!
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  29. I love your mugrug , I've made several but never think to use them . Your quilt is just adorable , how clever of you! The rice bags are a great idea too , I use these to ease the joints .

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  30. Love your projects! The removable cover on the rice bag is a great idea! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  31. What pretty background fabric for the mug rug! And nice to have big chunks in stash from the wide backing fabrics. I get you on that. :)

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  32. Great projects and the mug rug is so cute. I have always wondered how people use mug rugs. They seem like perfect ideas for neat homes. Maybe that's why we don't have any here at my house!!? Thanks for sharing all your lovely projects and your photography gets the job done in time to get back to sewing!

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  33. Thank you for sharing! I love mug rugs too, and wish that I could talk my dear husband into using one when he's up early & drinking his coffee at the kitchen table. Happy Valentines' Day!

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  34. Those are some pretty projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Hi Selina, where do comments go? I know I was here. I remember your hearts and the rice bags. Gotta love computer glitches. Anyway, your mug rug is adorable. They really are great little quilts for the morning mugs. I have those 2am eye opening ideas myself! Your strip heart quilt turned out fantastic. Great idea. The rice bags are a great idea too. Love that heart fabric you made yours with.

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