Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One Thing, One Week Challenge :: 5 So close...

Alas! I had good intentions, but this week's One Thing, One Week Challenge just didn't happen for me.

Amy's Creative Side

Between cooking, feasting, best friend visit, and little boys with colds, there just weren't enough hours in the day to accomplish my stated goal (posted in the comments section of the challenge announcement):
Yay for your challenges, Amy! It is going to be a busy week, but I really hope to get a good start on some holiday crafting. Specifically, I want to get a fabric basket made and a mug rug started. Here’s hopin’! :)
What did I accomplish? I chose fabric picked for the basket and mug rug projects I had hoped to complete. I also managed to plan a design for the mug rug and calculate all the measurements required. I even got the pieces cut out. So, I was definitely off to a good start!

Then, last night I got to spend some time in the sewing room...

...and finished a holiday fabric basket! Because it just wouldn't be the holidays if I didn't make at least one of these! For the third consecutive year, I have made use of the fabulous Pink Penguin tutorial. This time I used 2.5" cut squares for the patchwork and then enlarged the other pieces to suit.

I also managed to complete my first mug rug:

holiday mug rug, front view
I've been seeing these popping up all over blogland over the last couple of months, and decided I needed to give it a try. Using a tutorial from Jennifer of That Girl... That Quilt... as a starting point, I designed this happy holiday mug rug.

holiday mug rug, action shot
Here's an action shot. I love the addition of the pocket. I embellished it with a little embroidered tree and some happy rick-rack. Cute!

These two items are going to packaged up together along with a mug and some tea or hot chocolate mix. I think it is going to be a a fun contribution to the holiday gift exchange I'm attending this weekend.

I may not have finished in time for the challenge, but I sure feel pretty darn successful! Yay!


  1. Love the basket! And I'm so into these mug mats now too! I have to follow your link and design my own!!

    Looks like you are working hard!

  2. If I see one more mug rug today I am calling in sick from work and making a dozen. I think they are adorable!! Yours is especially cute with the addition of the ric rac.

  3. These are wonderful! I really love the idea of the pocket to hold a teabag or packet of cocoa in the mug rug. Might have to make up some of these for Christmas gifts!

  4. Those are great! With Thanksgiving, last week wasn't a full week anyway. Way to stick with it.

  5. The little quilts for "linus" are so sweet.
    I love those little fabric baskets. I have made many.
    Your mug rug is adorable and what a cute idea putting a pocket on it.

  6. Great finishes! I'm getting ready to make another fabric basket for a secret santa exchange. Now I want to go home and sew!!