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A Little Crazy Mug Rug - FREE PATTERN

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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 included, and how to cut foundation fabric pieces 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  Get FREE PDF Download HERE

How to test fabric for fiber content in ONE EASY STEP

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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 fibers 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

TEEPEE TRAILS Quilted Placemats

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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. BUY NOW Teepee Trails  placemat pattern by Monica curry