Saturday, October 28, 2017

DrEAMi! Linky #9

I was thinking that since I started these Drop Everything And Make it! linky parties, I have not had as many of those squirrel moments... Is it possible I am getting more focused and having less quilter ADD?!

Well, this month, I did have a moment, but it wasn't something catching my attention; I was actually asked to divert my attention! I got asked if I could whip up a mug rug for a blog hop with a tight deadline, showcasing Amanda Murphy's new line, "Winter Games" for Contempo, a division of Benartex Fabrics. Getting to pick eight fat quarters to use for the mug rug was too sweet a temptation not to rise to the occasion. So I dropped everything, well, the main thing I was working on, my mum's quilt, and followed the trail of this fun squirrel:
I sketched a few ideas, but the original one just stuck, a nod to the quilt on the cover of Amanda Murphy's book, Modern Holiday. I called this mug rug, the Leaning Tree Mug Rug.

I did a test mug rug to see if my free-form cutting of a tree shape would work, and yep, it did. I tweaked a few measurements, and cut into the fabric, and in no time at all I had not one...

but two mug rugs, thanks to a stack, whack and shuffle method developed by Karla Alexander.

They measure approximately 6” x 9". I went to town quilting them, using several different colours of Holoshimmer and metallic threads by Sulky.  You can find the tutorial here.

Last month:
Anja was entranced by two squirrels, this wallet and a cute drawstring bag
A granddaughter a granddaughter is indulged! Janine dropped everything to honour that request.
Patty whipped up this terrific Halloween quilt - you have to check out her fabulous quilting!
This. I have such love for Preeti's squirrel moment. What a beauty.
Ah the temptations! Thank you so much for sharing these.

So it's your turn! Link up whatever project tickled your fancy this past month. Be sure to check out some distractions of other quilters. We kindred spirits need to support each other in our oh-so-bad, but oh-such-fun habits!


  1. I've done pretty well at resisting squirrels this year. If I can get a few more finishes, maybe I'll be more willing to surrender to the feeling more often.

  2. Very fun mug rugs, I really like the designs and colors.

  3. No squirrels lately not that I haven't been tempted, but I have a few projects I need to get out of the way. Love the rugs!!!

  4. Love these mug rugs ❤️❤️❤️

  5. I’m winding down, getting ready to migrate, so no squirrels for me. I just love your mug rugs! Very clever!

  6. I love these mug rugs. I have to get on making a set before the holidays! Thank you for putting up my halloween quilt. My 9 year old sleeps under it every night. What will he do on 11/1?!!

  7. Love those little mug rugs . And how could you resist the making ?

  8. Oh what fun Mug Rugs .... ready for the season!
    And now, alas, I officially have a DrEAMi ...... not that I haven't done them before, but it sounds so much more impressive now! :) Thanks for providing this Linky opportunity.


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