Monday, February 4, 2013


It was a good mail day today! Last week Lauren, who blogs at Rugs and Pugs, drew my name as the lucky winner of her giveaway. I pulled a fat squishy envelope out of my mailbox today and squealed when I saw this lovely little heart mat. Her loops are so nice and even - and her finishing on the back is perfect. I love that the heart isn't red - this way I can display this rug year round!

I like it sitting on my coffee table with these little additions. I think she must have hooked it in an 8.5 or a 9 - I need to use wider cuts more often because the few times I've done so, I really, really liked it! Thank you SO much for your generosity Lauren!

Last night I finished hooking this little 12" tree skirt. I decided it would also work well for a chair mat because the tiny hole in the middle is hardly noticeable, and if I did that it might be easier to find when Christmas rolls around again.

I've also been doing a bit of sewing. I made these five blocks for the sew along that Temecula Quilt Co. is sharing right now. The next set of instructions have been posted so I need to get busy and stitch them up too.

I've finished the forth 4" block that Pam Buda posted for her sew along - I found a really fun way to sew these together on a new blog I just visited, so I'll try and get this done soon. My friend Janet also sewed hers together differently than what Pam suggested - go here to see how cute they are!

I cut strips to make the Scrappy Trip Around the World that's been taking blogland by storm. Mine will be half the size suggested by Bonnie Hunter so my strips measure 1-1/2" x 10" . I also cut squares to make the snowball blocks for the quilt center that Darlene is sharing. Haven't done any sewing on these two projects yet......

So much to do!


Raymond Homestead said...

Contests on your great win!

Raymond Homestead said...

Contests on your great win!

Janet O. said...

What a great win, Gayle. It looks right at home on your table.
That tree skirt/chair pad is adorable! Did you design it?
Oh, I need to get started on the Temecula quilt before I fall too far behind and get discouraged.
Can't wait to see how you set your Orphans and Scraps blocks.
Your diminutive Scrappy Trips is a great idea. I will be anxious to see how it works up. : )

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Love the rug from Lauren!!

Julia said...

What a nice little heart rug and I like it better than a red heart too. I'm glad that you won it .
I felt kind of greedy to let my name in the draw because I already won a small kitten rug hooking kit from Lauren and I really enjoyed hooking it. too.

You are keeping very busy with the quilting. It all looks so nice and homy. Love the quilt blocks.

Stay warm and safe.

annie said...

good for you, love the rug, and yours also. love the quilt blocks too! you do have a lot going on.

Kyle said...

I think anyone would have squealed to win such a beautiful heart rug. Lucky you! You're making the trip around the world too! I'm going to have to move that idea closer to the top of my list. Everyone's having too much fun without me.

Sue SA said...

You have been busy! Lovely mug rug, seems more appropriate that is is hooked then quilted! Have fun with the scrappy trips, I need to get back to mine, the blocks are so quick and look great.

Three Sheep Studio said...

Oh my goodness Gayle, you have been busy.
Your hooked tree skirt is lovely !
And...what a great win. ;)

Yvonne said...

Love the little rug you won! You are working on some pretty blocks.

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - you are still going strong! You are still quilting AND now back to hooking! And what a great win - love the heart mat. I can't wait to see your Scrappy Trips - great idea to make it smaller - you may just start a new trend with that idea!

Lori said...

You are a sewing mama!! I love your projects! Your tree skirt is so funky and adorable. Congrats on the win!!

frontporchprims said...

Congrats on your win. Nothing like a little lov in the mail. -Steph-