Tuesday, 23 August 2011

15 minute challenge update: week 7

For those of you who don't know, I have been challenging myself, for the last month & a half, to do at least 15 mins of craft work each day.  I have found that since I started pushing myself to do this that I have finished a lot more projects that I did before I was doing this.  Only a brief report back per this week's results...

Tuesday 16th August: 1/2 hr hand-sewing

Wednesday 17th August: none

Thursday 18th August: 1/2 hr hand sewing; 1 hr in sewing store, finding the perfect fabrics for seasonal swap project.

Friday 19th August (FNSI): 1hr EPP fabric cutting; 1/2hr preparation of stitching for seasonal swap

Saturday 20th August: approximately 2.5hrs of hand sewing on SS stitchery throughout the day (at ladies retreat)

Sunday 21st August: only a 1/2hr of crochet at the park with DD and mum (physically and emotionally exhausted from ladies retreat)

Monday 22nd August: approximately 3hrs of hand sewing on SS stitchery

Tuesday 23rd August: 5hrs of hand sewing throughout day on SS stitchery to 9.30pm (now)

I am planning to finish off the hand sewing on the SS stitchery tonight, though this should only take me approx 1/2 hr to complete and iron out the creases from the hoop.  I am also hoping to get at least another block done to send through to it's partner tomorrow.

This post is linked to Ann's host post at her blog Life in Pieces.  
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I received a message from Bobbie this morning informing me she'd received her mug rug from the swap last month.  I showed you a snippet of the rug the other day, so here is a pic of the full rug ...


And a close-up of the FMQ'ing...



It took me a half hour to resort to using a water soluble marker to mark out my guidelines for this after finding that I couldn't get the stitching even enough for my liking.  Once I'd drawn these up and made the foot speed quicker (I had it on the slowest setting thinking this would make it easier), it went a lot quicker.  I also used insulated wadding in this, primarily as I wasn't able to get wadding with enough weight, but also because I was aware that coffee mugs and the like can get quite hot on their backsides.  Thought it would be more appropriate :)

10 comments:

SpinningStar said...

That is a wonderful mug rug - I'm glad you did the closeup since I didn't realize that it was a heart in the middle of the "plate". I was lookig at the overall design, which is wonderful.

liz

thea said...

Very nice fmq on the mug rug. Very productive week!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your mug rug was lovely! I bet your partner loved it too!!! Such pretty colours!

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Six out of seven days! Good for you! Love your mug rug.

Fiona said...

You are getting in the time for your sewing .... great stuff.... the mug rug looks sensational.... I see Bobbie every now and then so I'm sure I will see the real thing.... how clever... ok, ok... now we will be starting to expect some tutorials on these designs of yours!!
Hugz

Kate said...

Beautiful mug rug. You had a good week on the craft front. The 15 minutes has really helped me get more done, glad that it is doing the same for you.

Talin's Corner said...

Your mug rug is very pretty.

Cubby House Crafts said...

Love your mug rug! I bet your swap partner loved it too!
Lisa

rosie said...

I agree with everyone, your mug rug is beautiful.. I love the idea of trying to get some sewing done every day..

DeAnna S. said...

Good idea on the daily project commitment. Maybe it's something I need to try in order to finish up some of my projects. Beautiful mug rug. Love your fabric choices.

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