The October Label Crew project from Sweetwater was a really cute Halloween mug rug. For the Label Crew, we got the pattern and four labels. I ordered their Sew Mama Sew fabric kit for making the project. (Labels and pattern need to be ordered separately.) But I couldn't stop at two.
And I made some for collaborators at a local center that hosts a LOT of my practicum students. They are cute little mug rugs, I think. Then, Papa Pea saw them and said, "Hey, what about me?" I said, "YOU want one?" I couldn't believe it. He likes the back side, which is just a black and white plaid. He said, "Yeah, I could use one on my desk that is just this plaid. And maybe a little smaller." Okay, so I'm going to make one more, smaller, and plaid on both sides. Maybe he likes it because it's black and white and not too frilly. I'll leave the Halloween label off so he can use it more than at Halloween.
There is a little pocket that I filled with Halloween goodies and a little tag. Too cute! I thought Sweet Pea would want one. She was mostly excited about the goodies. So, I gave her those and she was satisfied!
As far as a pattern review, this goes together super easy. Honestly, it takes about 15 minutes to cut one out, sew it, and quilt it. But then it takes another 15 minutes to make the binding, another 15 minutes to sew it around, and another 15 minutes to hand stitch the binding down. (That's how I did it.) So, each one took me about an hour to make, I suppose. It was not hard. The binding was the part that took the longest. But, they were very satisfying and fun to make....very relaxing. I could easily make two more from the kits I have left. In fact, I could probably make another 10! (I ordered four kits to make eight, which was my original plan.) And the fabric kits will make far more than two! Sweetwater is so generous with their fabric kits. You can probably make four out of one kit, as long as you have extra backing fabric for two. Just sayin'! I have lots of awesome scraps left, and some kits where all I stole out of them was backing fabric. It's fun to have some of these awesome fabrics left to stash!
Spidey supervised the photo shoot from below on the lower deck. He was meowing to come up! (There are no stairs from one deck to the other.) LOL. I can't wait until we can tear off these old decks and rebuild them.
Although we are getting past the prime for color here in Michigan, I must admit, I really love standing on my back deck and looking through the trees that have lost their leaves to the trees with color behind them. In the foreground, there are still some green trees (evergreens) and some that are now turning bright yellow. The photo does not do justice to the color. What a beautiful day it was when I took this photo. I'm cherishing these days, as they are surely short lived. Winter is coming too fast!
Tomorrow I hope to show you one more little project I've been working on!
Until next time,