I participated in a swap sponsored by Pink Stitches. My partner has received her package, and although I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog, I wanted to wait to share a photo of everything I sent.
The apron and key fob turned out great (brown & pink and black & white are her two favorite color combos), but I’m a little skeptical of the mug rug. First of all, I guess it’s smaller than most. It only measures about 4 x 6 inches. I have never seen another mug rug in person before, so I thought they were pretty small, like a coaster for a mug. It was a challenge getting the binding on. I had to cut off the first faux binding that I attempted, so it probably would have measured about 5 x 8 if the first try had been successful. I bit the bullet and put on traditional binding the second time. It still is cute.
I think I will make more mug rugs in the future. They are fast and fun to make.
The pins came from Michael's. Many quilters have mentioned them on the Farmer's Wife Sampler Yahoo group. I thought I'd give them a try and bought an extra box for my partner. I do like them, but I like regular pins too. I might not be an experienced enough piecer to make an accurate comparison. They sure do get easily lost in my carpet though, because the glass pin heads are so small and translucent. I've never used the no-melt pins with the cute, bright flowers on top. They will be next on my list:)