We have not had a lot of moolah since I quit my job to stay home with the baby. I've made it work by living very frugally, but we're having a homemade Christmas this year. My mom is a quilter and asked for me to make mug rugs for her and my dad. I had no idea what they were, but apparently it's a cool new fad, and I have to say they are so much fun! So here are my mom's and dad's mug rugs. They're like mini quilts. I followed no rules with these things, I just made them how I saw fit. I read a few things on some blogs that said don't make them bigger than 5 x 8, so that's what I aimed for. I think my mom's might be a tiny bit bigger, but oh well.
My dad is an aerospace engineer, he writes the software for some missiles. He's kind of like a rocket scientist, lol. So I tried to think of something sorta manly and related to what he loves, so this is what I came up with. These fabrics were in my stash and are probably 7 or 8 years old, but they were perfect. I love how the sun came out. Well, I love how the whole thing came out. I found this batik that I thought was perfect for the starry sky, then I appliqued the sun and the rocket ship. My hubby really liked it, so hopefully my dad will too.
Here is my mom's mug rug. This is a set of fabrics I got from her. It actually came from leftovers from a quilt she made my daughter. I tried to make it rather whimsy with weird-sized strips. I hope she likes it. I don't like it as much as my dad's, but I'm probably just too critical on myself, lol.
I'm including a mug in each of their gifts to go with their mug rug.
And the weird tutorial I was going to have is this waldorf doll hat. I've made these before for swaps, but this time it just seemed kinda creepy -- a doll head on my baby's head just didn't seem..um normal. I don't know why. I need to write it up, but for now, here is a creepy picture of the finished product. My baby refuses to keep it on her head long enough for even a picture.