Mug Rug (Not so) Fun

Not really. It was more challenging than I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it once I decided to persevere! You may remember that I was going to do a house mug rug. Well, once I received the name of my partner, I changed my mind. She lives in Texas, and I thought a fellow Texan might appreciate the appropriateness of an armadillo to represent spring and summer. And just to be nice, I figured I would do a living armadillo, not roadkill armadillo—even though it is much more common to see them as roadkill!

 

So, yesterday I found a pattern on Craftsy by sewhooked:

https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/texas-twofer-set-2-paper-pieced-/124175

Today, after starting the laundry, I went upstairs to pull some fabric. I had trouble deciding, so I figured I would make two, and decide afterward which one I liked better to send off. Well, our upstairs air conditioner is dead, and we are in the process of getting different quotes to replace it. My husband wants to look at geo-thermal so we have an appointment to talk with a guy tomorrow. But that means my upstairs rooms are pretty much unlivable for a few days! So, I had to haul my lighter weight Brother machine and all my gear downstairs and set it up there.

 

Jet is complaining: “Why are we down here, Mom? Let’s go back upstairs!”  She always keeps me company as I sew, and she objects to the other cat’s presence downstairs.

I cut out all the paper pieces;

Do you see what I should’ve seen? That’s a heck of a lot of tiny pieces! The finished armadillo is about 5 x 8! Okay. So maybe I won’t do two! I’m listening to a book as I sew. When I started it today, it said I had 4 hours and 43 minutes to go before the end of the book.  When I finally finished….it says I have two hours left.  That’s a lot of time for a tiny 5 x 8 block! It’s not necessarily pretty:

and I’m not sure if I will actually use it for the swap. I’ll see when I actually get it finished. Most mug rugs are more than just a single block. I’ll have to think on it some more.

 

Meanwhile, I have already received my mug rug from the swap!  Isn’t it pretty??

Meanwhile: my animals are all masters of chill! This was Devon most of the day!

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3 Comments on “Mug Rug (Not so) Fun

  1. The armadillo is sew cute, LaDawn, it will make a great mug rug. We have geo thermal and it will be one of the most missed aspects of this house when we move. No way our AZ home will ever get it – the drilling costs would be be outrageous in all that rock…lol.

    1. Thanks, Barb! Have you ever had any problems with geo-thermal? I am really hesitant about it, but my husband is gung-ho! He may not be so after we get the quote!

      1. It’s extremely reliable. No problems in the seven years we have had it. Ours are vertical loops but there are also horizontal loops. It is very efficient. We have ours set to automatically switch between heating and cooling depending on the temperature and it is so nice not having a separate (and usually noisy) air conditioner during the hot months.

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