Thursday, October 19, 2017

Let the (Winter) Games Begin!

I have TWO winners:

USA winner is Beth T. of Oregon (fat quarter bundle of the fabrics) and the International winner (free pattern for the coffee mugs) is Laura M. from Canada.

Today you get to see some awesome fabrics by Amanda Murphy for Benartex. I've sewn with Amanda's fabrics several times and I think her choice of colors and motifs is one of my favorites!

Winter Games is the latest collection. Did you see the tutorial for Day 1? Go on; I'll wait right here for you to come back. And how about Day 2 with Sandra of MMM Quilts? Check it out!

Well, fabric isn't as exciting as seeing something sewn with it, right? You know I had that in mind when I received 8 fat quarters.

8 fat quarters of Winter Games

We in the blog hop are making mug rugs, so fat quarters are perfect. I am revisiting a tried and true paper piecing pattern of mine called Coffee Cups. First, here's the original pattern as it appeared in the Kansas City Star in the 1930s:
Coffee Cups pattern using a lot of odd shaped templates
My pattern is for a 7" block. I created a freezer paper fussy cutting window to center my motifs in.

Freezer paper "window" to fussy cut my motifs
Here are two of motifs centered and ready to cut:

Fussy Cutting the skates and snow boards
 And an athlete, of course!

Fussy Cutting a snow boarder
I also cut an oversized square out of the hot cocoa mugs:

Cups of hot cocoa and coffee (and probably some tea, right?)
Here is the block finished:
7" foundation pieced coffee cup block
Now can we see some of the others? Here are the 3 blocks finished. I used my walking foot to stitch vertical lines (gray thread) and finished off with my quick and easy binding. I sew it on from the back and stitch it down by machine on the front.

Cocoa motif mug rug
 Gotta have skates!
Skates and snow boards mug rug
 And, an athlete!

Snow Boarder mug rug
And all three together. You can get this pattern at my Craftsy store. There are a lot of pictures and the foundations are easy to print, with lots of helpful tips.

The giveaway is a fat quarter bundle of these Winter Games fabrics from Benartex. Leave a comment letting me know which of the 3 mug rugs here you like the best. A winner will be randomly drawn on Sunday (contest is over at midnight Saturday). Open to USA residents only BUT, if I choose an international visitor, I will send you the Paper Pieced Coffee Cups pdf pattern via email! (I may choose someone state side AND an international visitor - this is open to everyone, now that I think of it). Then you can make your own set!

My set of 3 paper pieced mug rugs using the Winter Games Collection by Amanda Murphy


Go visit the Sew In Love with Fabric blog to see what's happening with the other bloggers who've used this collection.

80 comments:

  1. Love all three of your mug rugs!- but I like the one with the athlete best! Can't wait to watch the Winter Olympics and make some mug rugs
    while watching.

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  2. I like the skier the best, but all three are lovely.

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  3. I like the snow border. Thanks for the ideas.

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  4. These are the perfect mug rugs for winter and for using this fabric collection! My favorite is the cocoa motif...what's more heavenly than a hot cuppa during the winter?

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  5. I like the cocoa one but they are all wonderful.

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  6. all three of your mug rugs are wonderful. I really love the coffee coffee mug rug. the fabrics really do the mug rugs justice
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  7. My favorite is the snowboarder. But all are very nicely done.

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  8. I love the cocoa mug best, but all three would hold a drink nicely!

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  9. How cute! I think the snowboarder is my favorite, and can imagine doing a set with the different athletes from Amanda's line. Thanks for showing the pattern from the 1930's--I didn't realize the paper-pieced mugs went so far back.

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  10. All three are great!!! The cocoa one is my favourite 💗

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  11. Love the fabrics. I like the snowboarder.

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  12. Cute! I like the skates and snowboard mug rug.

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  13. Great mug rugs - I like them all especially the hot chocolate one! The snowboarder is great for guys!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. They are all great, but I like cocoa motif best, thanks!
    garvey56@gmail.com

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  15. I love the contrast of colors in the skate and snowboard mug rug. The red and blue is nice but I'd like to try it using that wonderful grey swirl bordering. But a great job--as we always expect from you!

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  16. I love all things aqua or turquoise so I will pick the mug with the hot cocoa and the gorgeous colors. Amanda's fabric designs are really lovely.

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  17. Hello Debby; I love the hot cocoa mug the best! Yet, each of the fabrics that you used are wonderful for your mug rugs! I would love to win a fat quarter bundle of these fabrics. I do not have anything like this in my fabrics and I like to have a good variety. Plus, the colors and prints are lovely! Thank you for sharing these! Have a great day!!

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  18. They are all cute, but the one with the cocoa mugs is my pick!

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  19. These are all great, but if I have to choose, I love the ice skates because of the contrast of the red fabric added. Thanks for the chance to win - these are great colors.

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  20. coffee on a coffee cup what could be better in the winter. Some might say hot chocolate, but plain old unadulterated coffee for this gal.

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  21. HI,love all of them>I'll choose the Aqua Coffee Mug Rug!So Neat! Thanks for sharing on your Blog+this Giveaway!!! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  22. Love the skates and snowboards mug. The one with the snow boarder on it is neat, too! Great way to fussy cut a print; I am going to have to try this!

    Sandy A

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  23. I like the all, but the snowboarder is my favorite. How cool.

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  24. Cocoa Motif is my favorite - turquoise & browns are my favorite colors - all these fabrics are wonderful! Thank you, Susan

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  25. I like the cocoa mug rug. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  26. This fabric line is so cute. I like how you did the mugs, too. Great plan. Thanks.

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  27. Darling mug rugs
    and I love the blue
    cup with the drinks
    on it.
    Carla from Utah

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  28. I like the mugs with the cocoa drinks on it--but all are great.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  29. Awesome idea for a 'mug rug'! All three are adorable which makes it soooooo difficult to choose! (It's like choosing your favorite child!). But.... since there are days when one child is better than the others... I choose the one with the snowboarder! You captured him perfectly on that cup, as if I could buy the mug that way! Hey Amanda, what a great idea... license out to coffee mugs/plates!!!!

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  30. I love what you did, Debby! (Not entering - just wanted to tell you how cute these were!)

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  31. What a hard question to answer so I will pick the skier top left! I like them all! Thank you for adding another tutorial to my to-do list!

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  32. All three are good but I do like the cocoa motif best! Also LOVE the swirly coordinates on the outside! Those fabrics are just begging to be used year 'round! Always a pleasure! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  33. I like the cocoa motif best - and it seems like it would be wonderful to have a mug of cocoa right now!

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  34. I love the cocoa one the best, but all 3 are really nice.

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  35. I love the ski mug rug but they are all great!!

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  36. That is such a cute way to use the fussy cut pieces! However I love the Cocoa motif mug rug the most!

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  37. I like the bold design of the skier the best..stands out well. Those are darling mug, Mug Rugs!!

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  38. So hard to choose, but I think I like the skates and skis best. Beautiful mug rug. Thank you for the hints. Like that window to audition the prints.

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  39. I like the Cocoa motif mug rug the most!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  40. I like them all but my favorite is the snow boarder. An action shot!

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  41. The cocoa one is my favorite!

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  42. They are all cute, but I like the athlete the best. Thanks for the tip about the fussy cut window.

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  43. All three are sew cute but I have to pick I would pick the one with the mugs of hot chocolate. thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. The one with the hot chocolate mugs would be my first choice as I like the cool colorway. They are all fantastic and would look great under a beverage of my choice.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  45. My favorite is the one with the hot chocolate mugs.

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  46. I love the cocoa mug rug, probably because it's my favorite winter beverage

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  47. My favorite is the skis and skates.

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  48. My favorit is the one with skis & skates, followed very closely by the snow boarder!

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  49. Coffee/cocoa cups for sure! Love the color combinations.

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  50. I love paper piecing, it's so much fun. My favorite is the snowboarder, since my son has been snowboarding since he was a teenager. Thanks for the pattern info. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  51. I love them all, but especially the beverage one. thanks so much for sharing

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  52. The snow boarder of course. I love fussy cutting.

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  53. All three are fantastic! Yet living in South Louisiana it never gets cold enough for the sports but we enjoy lots of hot drinks. So i really love that one.

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  54. Love all of them, but especially the skates.

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  55. i love my coffee - so I am picking the coffee cups/warm drinks one.

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  56. my favorite is the snow boarder. I really like them all though. Fun fabrics to work with!

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  57. One of my favorite colors is blue, so of course I like the cocoa motifs mug mat.

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  58. Thanks for the option of pattern as prize for those of us who do not live in the US. Love this cute rug mug pattern. My favorite is the cocoa themed one. Would make the perfect gift, maybe one decorated for each season? I'm in Canada!

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  59. They are all cute----and, if I had to choose which one I would want - it would have to be the one with the hot chocolate and coffee cups.

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  60. Those mug rugs are really cute. It's difficult to pick a favorite. I love the turquoise mug rug because it one of my favorite colors.

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  61. Love the fussy cut snow boarder! Perfect fabrics for making Christmas gifts..

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  62. All three designs are fun but I'm liking the winter gear rug the best.

    anndunn24(at)gmail.com

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  63. My favorite is the Cocoa mug. It just reflects what it's for.

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  64. I like all three, but the skates and skis one I would put #1, followed by the hot chocolate, then the ski-boarder.

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  65. adorable mug rugs. Love the winter theme

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  66. Just love all three, but the one with the skates is my favorite. Well done.
    maggie

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  67. I like the one with the mugs. Just seems to go with the mug rug. All the prints and colors are great, can't wait for the games to begin!

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  68. They are all so cute but my favorite is the one with the red base.

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  69. My favorite is the snowboarder. I can hardly wait for the Olympics to begin.

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  70. Really cute! I like the cocoa print mug rug the best! I also love those colors.

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  71. I really like all of them, so my choice wasn't easy. I guess I'd have to say that the cocoa print mug rug is my choice. It just reminds me of all winter.

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  72. Very cute! I love the hot cocoa one as that is my favorite cold weather drink.

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  73. All are cute but the cocoa has to be my favorite. Maybe because I love hot chocolate.. Thanks for a chance.

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  74. I like the snowboarder, but for my favorite, it would be the cups of hot chocolate. I love aqua blue background color as a winter color.

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  75. Hi Debby,
    Too late for the giveaway but not too late to comment! I love these mug rugs, and especially the fabrics. I will look for it in my LQS. ~smile~ Roseanne

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