Sunday 10 March 2013

Hedgehogs and Flowers

It has been a busy weekend.  Firstly I have submitted an article and pattern to an online quilting magazine – I will tell you more if it is accepted. Next my sister asked that I create a mug rug that she can have on her coffee table for the spring/summer. 

She currently has my Snowman mug rug on her table but she wanted something a little more indicative of spring being around the corner.  So I combined spring fabrics with a little fussy cutting (my sister loves owls) to create the Paddles Mug rug from my One Block Mug Rugs book:
Courthouse Sidebar meets the Paddle Block
(Both from my One Block Mug Rugs book)

I also made a country Butterfly Patch mug rug to remind ME that spring is around the corner:
Butterfly Patch Mug Rug pattern

And finally I have had a sketch in my design book for a couple of months and this weekend I finally got to play with it.  Hey presto – another pattern – the Hedgehog Mug Rug. 

I love this pattern – it is so quick and easy to put together yet looks so cute.  I made two – one in green and brown and another in red polka-dots.  It is one of the patterns included in my Animal & Pets pattern book available via Etsy or Amazon 

You can never have too many mug rugs - especially when they are cute and practical!

I have also been checking out Susie and Amy’s blogs – both are hosting a giveaway in the Quilting Gallery Blog Party.   Amy has a stunning mug rug and a snazzy pin cushion to give away.
Whilst Susie is giving away a charm pack of Tonga treats. 
Go and leave a comment for a chance to win - both end on 17th March (click on the link or the pictures).  I came up with a very unique (and typically Patchsmith) comment for Susie's giveaway - check it out.
And finally a little reminder for all of you participating in the Quilting Gallery swap that the posting deadline for international is 11th March and for domestic (own country) it is 18th March.  Drop into the Quilting Gallery Flickr group for pictures of the two mug rugs that have been made – they are awesome.  It has been a real pleasure to be part of this mug rug swap – everybody is so friendly and enthusiastic not to mention talented.  My little patterns never looked so good!
Now it's time to put my feet up with a nice cuppa and a Garibaldi biscuit.  Sew until next time .......


  1. I am crazy about your new hedgehog mug rug! So adorable!

  2. Who can resist those dear little hedgies??
    And the butterfly and flowers just make me happy !

    I hopped over to the flickr page at Quilting Gallery for the Mug Rug Swap! How delightful and inspiring it is to see the different mug rugs showing up.... all unique and cute as buttons!! Love them all.


  3. There is something so charming about hedge hogs! Love yours and I think a mug rug is a perfect showcase for all of your "art".

  4. Your mug rug patterns are such fun.
    I just bought House and Home (my first but not my last) and can't wait to make it up.

  5. Love your hedgehogs. Adorable.
    In the Netherlands we call them egel.