This week I made a few scrappy gifts for my daughter's preschool teacher. We ran into Ms. Tara during lunch on a non-school day a few weeks ago and she mentioned during our conversation that she loves to take long bike rides with her family. Then I learned last week that she loves to sew. After a mental review of my stash (please tell me I'm not the only crazy person out there who has her scraps mentally cataloged), I knew I had everything I needed to make a scrappy mug rug and pin cushion with a cute bicycle fabric as the centerpiece.
This project was full of firsts:
- First-ever teacher gift. My sweet little girl is four years old and attending preschool for the first time this year. Where did the time go?
- First log cabin block. I've been meaning to try my hand at log cabin blocks for a while now, but for some reason was a little intimidated. No need! I found a fantastic tutorial for an offset log cabin mug rug over at Stitching By Starlight (a wonderful quilty blog that I follow).
- First time using a 1/4" binding. I still love 1/2" binding best, but it was nice finally see how it would look on one of my finished projects.
My only regret on this project was forgetting to use my walking foot when quilting up the mug rug. I don't know what I was thinking. Okay, I do. It was late. I was tired. And... well... I just wasn't thinking! Other than being slightly off kilter, I think it turned out great!
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