Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, I am enjoying a sinus infection – complete with losing my voice!  This no voice thing will be quite interesting with a 3 year old and an almost 9 month old!  Also, we are snowed in – this however, doesn’t bother me – an excuse to watch some movies and snuggle on the couch, along with time to sew, and I suppose do some laundry and other cleaning.  I am sure I will have to venture out with MJ in a little and let him play in the snow at least for a few minutes!

There are many projects going on here at our house – we are doing a small renovation in the boys bathroom, I am working on two quilt patterns (my first ones!!), I am mid-way through the first sample for one of the patterns, and I have another tutorial coming for you using fleece!

Pattern 2 Pattern 1

These pictures are from working on my patterns – the right one was especially fun since I was a high school math teacher before our boys were born.  I definitely enjoyed working with geometric constructions again!

In all of this though, I decided that I needed to take a small break and make this adorable mug rug – after all, I am drinking a LOT of hot tea right now, trying to soothe my throat!

Heart Mug Rug

You can find the tutorial at The Peony Teacup.  Since I don’t have an Accuquilt Go (yet – thinking this may be on my wish list but they were on sale on Black Friday this past year, so I will be waiting for a good sale!), these are my edits:

Mug Rug

*Need 8 half square triangles (HST), 2 print squares, 2 basic squares

Cutting for heart:

  • Cut 4 – 3 1/4 in squares from your print
  • Cut 4 – 3 1/4 in squares from your basic
  • Cut 2 – 2 1/2 in squares from your print
  • Cut 2 – 2 1/2 in squares from your basic

Directions:

For your HSTs – take your 4 basic squares and mark on the back of them with a Quilter’s Magic Wand – I got mine at our local quilt store but if yours doesn’t carry them, you could order online – I LOVE it!  If you don’t have one – you can draw your diagonal from corner to corner and then sew 1/4 in seams on either side of your line.  I love this tool because it helps you to be very accurate.  Once you basic squares are marked – lay them on top of your print squares (right sides together – RST) and sew.  Then cut to make your HSTs.  Press your seams open and layout your pattern.

Follow the Peony Teacup tutorial for how to sew your squares together.

For the border, I measured my sides and then cut 1 1/4 in strips for the short sides and sew those on first.  Then press and measure so you can cut the fabric for your longer sides.  Sew those on and then press seams open.

Then I followed the rest of the instructions from the original tutorial.

**I looked at some of the other binding methods in the link they provided and decided to try one of the ones I found – I was definitely not a fan – I would follow her directions or if you are going to hand sew the binding then stitch it on to the front first and wrap to back and do your hand stitching.

Here are some fun Valentine crafts from our preschool group this past week in case you have some little ones and are looking for some inspiration:

Heart Tree Shape Robot

The heart tree was a craft from another mom and the robot idea was from Church House Collection – I added more shapes to him to go with our shape review for math.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  I am off to sew and make an awesome peanut butter and chocolate ice cream cake for my Valentine!