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Scrap Monday

What a great weekend we had- beautiful weather. Sat morning I walked a lot; went on a group walk with some neighbors and we met up with Walk with a Doc group and walked some more. Then we walked home! Phew!

DSCN2250I went for a walk this morning so I didn’t lose momentum.

It was glorious.








DSCN2280This past weekend I decided I needed to continue to update my fall decorating. I had this cute witch statue and pumpkin by the front door but the mug mat did not go with them at all!


So I made a new one.






DSCN2240First I drew a picture of what it would look like; then I went to my 1 ½” scrap bin and started looking for fall color scraps.









I ironed, cut, pieced …











Then some quilting with my cute spool of #12 Aurifil thread and another scrap for the binding.











SO much better don’t you think?











DSCN2241And, with this pile of leftovers, I cut them into “my” scrap sizes- a 5″ square, a couple of 3 ½” pieces, a few 2 ½” squares and some 1 ½” strips.

DSCN2242The rest went into the trash (or the pile of scraps for pet bed filling).DSCN2243





Would you like to make one? You don’t even have to use fall fabrics; use whatever you have! I should have taken pictures as I made the first one, but I didn’t. That’s OK- I have LOTS of scraps!

Here is what you need to make a mug mat about 8″ x 10″ (or a mug rug, mini quilt…call it what you like!):


10 pieces of colored fabrics- 1 ½” x 7″ long- cut each piece into 1 rectangle 1 ½” x 5 1/2″ and 1 square 1 ½” x 1 ½”.



Background: 20 squares 1 ½” x 1 ½”

You can use all one fabric or go scrappy. I like mine consistent since the rest of the quilt is scrappy.


Batting and backing: about a 10″ x 12″ piece

Binding: 1 strip 1 ½” x 40″ for single fold binding



Lay out your colors in a pleasing arrangement.


Add in your background pieces. Alternate rows.


All rows: press away from the background squares.

Sew the rows together.

Layer with batting and backing; quilt. Bind. Done.


Easy peasy!

happy quilting,


p.s. If you need instructions on how to do single fold binding, we have a PDF on this page. Enjoy!

p.p.s. Later this week I will show you some more groovy pictures from my walk. Fall is just glorious!

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