Time in a Bottle

 I've only recently started to enjoy making half square triangles, so when the theme for Time in a Bottle was announced I wasn't sure I'd participate.  I considered making a mug rug for game night with a hourglass applique but since the prompt specifically said the hourglass block I wasn't sure that would work.  Then when I started working on the Oh My Stars quilt I showed last month in the Tickled Pink blog hop, I realized I had a lot of bonus triangles I could use.  I have a tendency to throw those bonus triangles in my scrap bin and add them to crazy blocks but I decided I'd use them to make hourglasses this time.  By the time I trimmed them my hourglass was much smaller than I usually work with, but they weren't so bad to work with, until it came time for quilting.  Between a needle I should have replaced and a lot of joined seams the back has some areas that don't look so great-if it were something that would be seen I'd feel the need to tear it out and redo it.  




My Oh My Stars quilt is going to a coworker/friend who had a long haul case of Covid and has been in treatment since Christmas Eve but is finally making progress to recovering!!!  I know from several years of working with her that she enjoys hot tea so I'll include the mug rug with her quilt; hopefully it will be a cheery spot on her desk when she returns next school year as long as the back stays faced down.  



I have plans for another Oh My Stars quilt, perhaps I'll have another bonus mug run with it.  First I'm going to play in my scrap bin for next month's World of Color hop. I've got a very bright project in the works for that one!

March 14

Comments

  1. Well done on using up the leftovers.

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  2. Perfect use of the bonus triangles - they made such tiny hourglasses! And your stars quilt is gorgeous, very cheerful.

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  3. There are lots of seams for sure working with the tinys.,but i love little bits. Well done!

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  4. How large are those tiny blocks? I had trouble piecing small hourglass blocks and gave up, but your blocks look even smaller than mine. All those seams were a pain for me as well. Love the colors you chose and it will be loved and used.

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  5. How great that you are using up your scraps, well done.

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  6. Your mug rug and quilt will be treasured by the recipient! That's a great job of using scraps--not sure I would have had the patience for those little pieces. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Lots of love put into both projects. Some of my favorite mug rugs are the ones that I questioned ripping apart. I love that they have imperfections and that I can actually use them without the fear of ruining them. I love the colors and your "Oh My Stars" quilt is beautiful.

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  8. You did a great job with those small blocks! That's not easy.

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  10. Quilting tiny is the hardest for sure. Oh My Stars is so beautiful and such an incredible gift.

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  11. I deleted my comment, because apparently I can't spell. LOL!! You go girl. What a great way to conquer your fears and bust those little bonus triangles. I am of firm belief that the back is the back and sometimes you just have to let it go. It's the front we see and love anyway. Everything is a learning curve and next time it will be better. Well...that's what they tell me anyway! LOL!! Love your bright and cheery quilt as well as your fun mugrug!

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  12. Your hourglass blocks are so bright and fun! Great way to use up the littlest of pieces!

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  13. I love the pretty colors that you've used for your projects! And way to go with using those little bonus triangles for your mug rug. It is really cute, and I'm sure that your friend will enjoy it.

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  14. You did a great job using up the leftovers and making those small blocks! I'm sure your co-worker will appreciate your kind gesture.

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  15. Using leftovers for hourglass blocks is a great idea and look great in your quilt and mug rug! I love that you took on the challenge and pushed your way through those tiny hourglasses. Your coworker will love your sweet gift I'm sure!

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  16. Great quilt and use of leftovers for the mug rug! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  17. Cute projects. I love using leftovers, or at least amassing them for a "some day" project.

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  18. It's a fun and happy little mug rug. So great that you used up scraps. Scrappy projects are the best.

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  19. So adventurous to try all those little triangles. Good for you. The colors are bright and springy. Saw you were in education, and as a former teacher, my heart goes out to you during these Covid changes. I just retired and miss the interactions. Keep at it. Your other star quilt is so pretty.

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  20. What a sweet quilt gift for your friend and hurray for using your leftovers to make a pretty mug rug!

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  21. Such a sweet thought for your friend. I too had a good friend on the vent from Nov 2020 to Feb 2021. She's an absolute miracle. My friends and I made her a quilt.

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  22. Very pretty mug rug! I'm sure your friend will enjoy her tea even more, now!

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  23. Well done using all the scraps and for such a practical and pretty project! xx

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  24. Lovely, love all your color choices.

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  25. Love how you used up some of your excess triangles. Growing up my mom was one of those people who always looked at the back of things. It got to the point that when I made her anything I covered the back in masking tape so she couldn't see it. To this day I still don't give a hoot about the back of anything. The love that goes into the construction is all that counts.

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