Monday, February 21, 2011

Welcome to Mug Rug Monday - with a giveaway! (free mug rug pattern)

It is finally here - Mug Rug Monday! Every Monday, I will be sharing a new free mug rug pattern with you. I don't know about you, but I have been looking forward to this! So, without further delay, here is this first pattern:


This week's pattern lends itself best to paper piecing, but traditional piecing can be done as well. I have attached patterns for both techniques.

Would you like a tip to go along with these patterns? For paper piecing, you probably know that you can purchase specialized paper on which to print your patterns. For those of us who have purchased this special, and sort of pricey paper, we have learned that it is simply newsprint paper with a new packaging for quilters. Well, this same kind of paper can also be purchased in tablet form at our local dollar store for MUCH less than what you can get it in quilty land. BUT WAIT - EVEN better than this - here is what I now do: I print my paper piecing patterns on notebook paper. It is essentially the same weight as newsprint, and tears easily away from your pieced project. Be aware that not all notebook paper is the same though - for paper piecing patterns, you want to get the really cheap stuff. ;-)

Now what about that giveaway.........

For those who have been following me a while, you know that I promised a giveaway when I reached 50 followers....as of this writing I have 48 followers, but I have faith! So I am going to go ahead and announce a giveaway. What do you think about this Dritz Flexible LED Light:

I have enjoyed using mine on my sewing machine. It really lights up my world! (sorry, I couldn't resist.)

This giveaway will require a little work on your part, because I need your help. While I really enjoy designing projects, I HATE naming them. So, this is what you have to do to be entered in this giveaway - help me name this mug rug design. Leave a comment with your suggestion for a name for this mug rug. The Dritz LED Light will go to the person who provides the name that I like best. I will make the decision based on all entries received by midnight (EST) on March 15th.

Thank you for joining me in the first ever Mug Rug Monday! I will attempt to keep the pattern techniques mixed up, so that everyone will be encouraged to try them. I have really been looking forward to this, and I hope that you will spread the word about my blog. I also hope you will send me photos of your completed projects!

Wishing you a great day of quilting!
Michele Hester

For the giveaway, your e-mail must be available through your comment link. Also, this giveaway is limited to U.S. mailing addresses.

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