Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bold and Brave Galentine Mug Rug

This project is a two-fer.  I made it for Project Quilting challenge 9.3- Bold and Brave, and it is also My Island Batik Galentine Challenge!  The fabrics for the quilt top and binding were provided by Island Batik, and the thread was provided by Aurifil.  (Yes, Aurifil makes thread you can use for embroidery - the lettering is done with 12 wt., but they also make embroidery floss!)

My mug rug measures 7 1/2 x 8 inches.  I made it here in Coos Bay, Oregon - we had a lovely week of sun, but today it is rainy.  Good quilting weather!  I sat in my cozy recliner this morning and finished hand stitching the binding and added the embroidery.  I had in mind to embroider the words "be brave" but decided at the last minute to make it "you are loved"

I used a leftover heart from a project you'll see later this week ;) and added strips in a log cabin fashion.  I didn't really measure the strips, but the were all pretty close to an inch wide.  I kind of messed up at the beginning, but decided to bravely go on and finish it despite my goof!

I stitched in the ditch with white 50 wt thread from Aurifil.
And I even hand stitched the binding to the back to make it look extra nice.

I used a gel pen to write my words on the strip below the heart and used a backstitch to embroider the lettering.  The e in loved doesn't look quite right, but it is done.

Now for the brave part! (and the second part of why I made this!)  This is also my challenge piece for Island Batik.   We are celebrating Galentine Day by making mug rugs (or post cards).  What is Galentine Day?  See last year's post for the details - Happy Galentine's Day 

It sometimes slips our mind and we all have people in our lives that we love and appreciate, but we just don't tell them this.  I am going to be brave, open up my heart and give this to someone at church this morning.  I don't know who, but I will find someone who need to know they are loved and will gift them with this.  I tend to be a little shy, so it would be nice to do this anonymously, but I will try to be brave and give it to them directly!  I'll let you know how it goes.  See the rest of the story

I hope you remember to take a few minutes and let the special ladies in your life know that they are loved and appreciated - especially those that might be feeling a little sad and lonely.  Knowing they are loved will mean the world to them, and this time of year can feel even more lonely.

If you are reading this, know that you are loved, too!

Hugs and Kisses from me!

Slow Sunday Stitching 


Suzanne said...

Lovely project for both the challenges.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is sweet and fun! Such pretty fabric! I hope you found the perfect person to give it to.

teachpany said...

That's so sweet. I hope you find the perfect person who needs to hear this.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful projects - all day of them. Hope you found someone to gift your mug rug to. It’s aforable and will be loved, I am sure, by the recipient.

lizardcreekquilter said...

What a great way to conquer both projects...and a fear! Go boldly!!

Farm Quilter said...

What a wonderful thing to do for someone! You will absolutely make their day!! So, now that Sunday is almost did it go? You did a beautiful job on it.

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

This is so sweet! And of course, I love the IB fabrics!

Calicojoan said...

That's just "sew" sweet! :-)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful mug rug Pam!

PersimonDreams said...

beautiful mug rug - you can't go wrong with a log cabin block!