#urhere

it all started with a cheap  frugal crafter, and a pay it forward type of gal…

so, i had being seeing the zakka swedish bloom quilt everywhere and wanting to get my little hands on it. of course i didn’t want any of the other patterns in the book, and couldn’t justify buying the whole book just for one pattern. so is life.

i happened to meet a super friendly lady named danielle, on flickr, who offered to share the pattern with me…for nothing in exchange! we decided, however, to do a mug rug swap just for kicks. as we started talking, and our desire for new things grew, danielle told me about the new “u r here” crave. apparently starbucks has a “you are here,” coffee mug collection, featuring cities from around the us. here is the one for my hometown…indianapolis

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here is a link to a flickr group showcasing some examples of this fun idea. essentially you get paired with a partner from somewhere in the nation…you buy them a mug from your city, make them a mug rug to go with it (not sure if it is supposed to match the colors/scheme or what) and then include a few other goodies in your care package. well, danielle and i didn’t officially sign up for the swap through the group, but figured we could do one on our own.

if you’ve been following along, you already know that danielle requested a coral and teal mug rug from me, and also that i have been struggling with a concept for it and started over quite a few times. well, this week, i decided to finally focus on this project and get it done. most of the time i am too worried about things being over the top, or amazing, instead of just doing something simple, and doing it well. i don’t know why, but i have really been avoiding “wonky stars,” although i have been seeing them all over pinterest and flickr as well. well, i found this really fun tutorial on them, and decided to just go for it. i am pleased with how it turned out. i changed the middle a bit, just to add more variety. i really love the polka dot fabric and the stripes. but mostly the polka dots 🙂 lol

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i also took the opportunity to practice some different quilting lines. i had a lot of fun and think it adds a lot more interest to the negative space.

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here’s the back, and the tutorial  i used for it. of course it couldn’t just be plain and boring either! i know it’s hard to tell, but i used a teal stitch for the front, and a pinkish stitch for the back, so that looks pretty cool too. it’s the little things!

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and you guys know i REALLY STINK at binding, but i found a tutorial for “sandwich bias tape,” as she calls it, that really helped me a lot. still am not perfect and need more practice, but it’s probably the best i’ve ever done, so there’s that. would you just look at these corners for me please…

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beautiful darlings! notice i am not showing a close up of where i had to match up the beginning and end, because it’s pretty sad.

like me, danielle also cross stitches. she posted a picture the other day of her new threads all organized in a box, and commented on how she needed more blues, purples, and oranges…so i picked some up for her. i am also going to give her red and green aida cloth, because i think they’re fun, and also one of the fat quarters i bought to make her mug rug, but didn’t end up using. i still need to pick up the mug for her (and perhaps one for myself as well), and also some edible goodies. i think that should be good right?

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and finally, i’m making some “puppies and poppies,” although the puppies are pretty hard to see 😦 isn’t this ADORABLE?! i love love love it! i’ve almost finished it, and only worked on it in a few short sittings. i was originally going to make the one with birds, but i couldn’t resist these cuties! it’s a pretty quick and easy project, so i may still make the birds next.

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i don’t work this weekend, but i do have a bachelorette party to attend, and colts vs. broncos game to watch, so i can’t guarantee what i will get done. i keep putting off the present for my nephew’s first birthday party (because it’s not until november 16th), but i am a procrastinator, so maybe, just maybe, i will start on that next??

thanks for stopping by!

❤ xtina

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