Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

by | Oct 7, 2019 | 81 comments

Greetings all! Welcome to day one, and my day to share my project for the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! Thanks Carol for coordinating all this witchy-stitchy fun!!

When thinking about what I wanted to create for this Halloween hop, so many things came to mind! I’m just not into super scary Halloween critters, so I went a little more tame! I love drinking coffee, so mug rugs are one of my favorite things to make. In addition to quilting, I also love to digitize embroidery designs – especially in-the-hoop designs. So I took one of my digitized designs – Boo Brew – which can be found here and decided to do an applique version of it.

Boo Brew Mug Rug done entirely in the hoop!

I digitized the art work (cup, saucer and Boo by Cheryl Seslar), reversed it, and got out my HeatnBond Lite fusible webbing. I was out of the printable sheets, but since this was a small project, it was fine to use my roll of HeatnBond Lite! I traced the reversed design onto the fusible, cut out about 1/4 inch around each part, and fused them to the fabric. Then I trimmed on the lines, peeled the backing and fused them to my background. While I’m not a fan of spiders, spider webs fascinate me with their intricacy! There’s an old song that goes something like “I don’t like spiders and snakes” – well that’s me!! ? Anyway, I really love this spider web background fabric – maybe because it sparkles!! I do love bling!!

I cut my background fabric 6 x 8 inches and the backing 8 x 10. I fused HeatnBond Fusible Fleece (which is on sale right now!) to the background fabric and dug out my Glowy thread and outlined everything, and used one of the decorative stitches on my Icon to go across the cup. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show as well as I would like because it’s been in my cabinet drawer for so long! But hopefully you can see a little of it in the second picture below. After stitching everything down, instead of traditional binding, I trimmed the backing to the size I wanted, folded it over twice and (kind of!) mitered the corners – or at least I tried to as best I could!! And tada, I present to you Boo Brew Mug Rug II, applique style!!

If you would like a free copy of the applique designs, please click here.

SURPRISE!!! I have a giveaway for you. I was going to create a second project but time slipped away too quickly! I will show you what it was and give you the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine it was in. I plan to make three of these for my grandkids all in their favorite colors! I thought they were really cute.

Designed by Chris Malone for Annie’s Catalog
Quilter’s World Autumn 2019

Win your very own e-copy of Quilter’s World Autumn 2019 by entering the rafflecopter form below. This prize is provided courtesy of Annie’s Catalog!

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner!! I’ve sent an email to Gail and someone from Annie’s will be in touch with her to give instructions on claiming her prize!

Thank you all for playing along!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please take some time to visit my fellow bloggers and leave a sweet comment. We all love to hear from our readers! Here’s the schedule for the week!

October 7
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Songbird Designs YOU ARE HERE!
For The Love Of Geese
Quilted Delights
Kathleen McMusing
Quilts By Joanne
Whims And Fancies
Janie G. – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt

October 8
Selina Quilts
Vroomans Quilts
Days Filled With Joy
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Life in the Scrapatch
Just Because Quilts
Brenda’s Quilt Blog

October 9
Home Sewn By Us
Kathleen – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt
Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Seams To Be Sew
Sew Many Yarns

October 10
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
It’s A T-Sweet Day!
Count it *all* JOY!
Bethni L. – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt

October 11
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Fabrication
Melva Loves Scraps
Patchouli Moon Studio
Ms P Designs USA
Karrin’s Crazy World
Patchwork Breeze
Words & Stitches

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I created my “witchy stitchy boo-tacular” mug rug!! And I hope you’ll visit again soon! Until next time…

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  1. Carla Henton

    OH, Brenda, that is adorable. I love how it glows. Boo Brew is such a neat idea for a Halloween gift for any coffee drinker or friend.

  2. CathieJ

    I just found your blog through the blog hop. I am with you concerning the spiders and snakes. Yuck. I love this mug rug. Just my sort of Halloween decor. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    • Susan Spiers

      Your mug rug is booooo cute! Pumpkins, I love to see them everywhere this time of year. I have 3 foam ones that need an update, new paint, new decoration’s, etc. this year before they are put on display! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Susan Shamekh

    I’d love to win a copy of the magazine! Thanks for the chance.

  4. Elizabeth Coughlin

    Your Boo Brew design is wonderful, and the applique version of it turned out great! The glowing stitching adds the perfect spooky touch!

    • Thunder

      I enjoy making fun, not scary decorations for Halloween. your mug rug is wonderful. thanks for the giveaway chance.

      • Eileen Maher

        What a cute mug rug!! Love the ghost!
        Thanks for the giveaway!!
        I am enjoying seeing all the great ideas in the blog hop!!

    • Melody Lutz

      Halloween is a great excuse to make caramel apple spice cake!

  5. Connie

    Super cute mug rug! Thank you for sharing!

  6. KJ

    What a fun mug rug. The glow-in-the-dark thread added the perfect touch. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Daryl

    Brenda that ghost has such a cute expression! I have made a similar zipper pouch before years ago for my grandson. The pouch I made had hair sticking up.

  8. Sandra

    I love making Halloween costumes and have sewn for my daughter since she was young. Now grown and married I’m still sewing costumes for her and her husband.

  9. Roseanne

    Hi Brenda! This is one of the reasons I love these blog hops! I love catching up with blogs that I’ve read before but fell off my radar for some reason. I think it so cool that you can digitize your own patterns for embroidery, and what a cute one you converted to appliqué. That glow-in-the-dark fabric is so very, very cool for your grandkids. I’ll bet they just love it! And the little pouches with candy spilling out – well, those are just adorbs. The faces on them just make them even cuter, if possible. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Nancy Lewis

    I love decorating for Halloween. My favorite thing that I created is a halloween fabric quilt. I always have it on the couch for the month of October.

  11. Denise :)

    I love these blog hops … they’re such a great way to see a wide variety of interpretations of the theme. All that creativity is amazing! Your digitized design is just darling; great job with it!! Happy happy, joy joy!! 🙂

  12. Bonnie Larson

    I love your mug rug. Thanks for sharing

  13. Vicki in MN

    Such a cute mug rug! And love those M&M bags too!

  14. Betsy

    I like to create little bowl filler 4×4 or smaller pillows with Halloween motifs

  15. Carol S.

    Such a spooky, but not too spooky, and cute mug rug! I love seeing that ghost pop out of the mug. Oh my gosh, those little zipper bags are too cute…I love them. I’m so glad you shared your Witchy Stitchy project with us by hopping along today!

  16. Chrisknits

    How cute is that Boo! And the bags are so sweet.

  17. Denise

    I don’t like spiders and snakes but I LOVE Halloween. Cute projects.

  18. Vickie Vickiesquiltjournal.blogspot.com

    Such cute projects!

  19. Helen

    I love your design. Thanks for sharing. The best part of HALLOWEEN for me is creating crafty things like wall hangings, wreaths and table runners, etc.

  20. Teri

    I used to love creating costumes for the kids for Halloween but these days it’s table runners or wall hangings. Love your mug rug. Thank you.

  21. Quilting Tangent

    Cute mug rug. I just enjoy getting back into crafting around that time of the year.

  22. Janet T

    Table toppers is what I make now. All the kids are grown, grandkids too old to T/or/T.

    • Robin Klein

      What do I like to make most for Halloween? Pillows + embroidery for the tables along with mug rugs. I’m glad you turned your machine embroidery to applique. It was well appreciated.

  23. Rosemary Barron

    That is so cute … Add it to this month’s Halloween to do list. Thanks for sharing ..

  24. Rosemary Barron

    So Cute and on my list to do this week …

  25. Susan

    Adorable ghostly mug rug!

  26. Charlene McCain

    Such a cute mug rug!! I love how it glows in the dark! This would make a perfect gift for my “mature” Halloweeners!

  27. Karrin Hurd

    Adorable mug rug. Thanks so much for the pattern!

  28. Kathleen McCormick

    I love your mug rug! I don’t mind scary but I just don’t do a lot of holiday decorating. I love what you did and it is fun to see how used the glow-y thread. I don’t think I have ever used Heat N Bonds fusible fleece – I should get a package or two as that stuff is terrific to have about!

  29. Janice Snell

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Selina

    Great mug rug, love the webs. The grands will love their candy pouches. Sweet

  31. Lori Smanski

    these are so cute. your grandkids are going to love these pouches

  32. Anita L Jackson

    Those little zipper pouches are just too cute!

  33. Nancy A

    I’m not much of a fan of halloween, so haven’t done any sewing for it, but I do like your mug rug. I have been thinking of making my sister a set of mug rugs for all seasons. Your mug rug may have to be in the set.

  34. Jennifer Willard

    I love mug-rugs. They are so versatile. And easy to whip up. Yours is really cute. Favorite fall/Halloween decoration would have to be pumpkins, because they take you from Fall to Halloween, then right on thru to Thanksgiving.

  35. Sharon Andersen

    Sew much fun! I love making mug rugs and little pouches too. Thanks for sharing. :o)

    • Sharon Aurora

      I like fall decorations rather than Halloween decorations for this time of year. Pumpkins, fall leaves and the like are my favorites. Thank you for the pattern. I love the idea of using glow thread. I have been wanting to try it.

  36. Nancy

    Your mug rugs are too cute! And I love the little pouches, very cute as well!

  37. Terri H

    Those pouches for your grandkids are awesome! How fun!

  38. Toni Anne Potter

    I LOVE everything Halloween, I’ve made 2 large Halloween quilts so far and many Halloween wall quilts and embriodery for my front door. It’s my favorite time of year. I’ve been looking forward to this blog hop, thanks for participating.

  39. Susan Green

    My favorite thing to create is a Halloween wall hanging.

  40. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, I love your fun Boo Brew mug rug, and the fabric you used is just adorable! Using the glow in the dark thread was a great idea. Thanks for sharing your fun project.

  41. Susan the Farm Quilter

    I actually like making yard decorations that are unexpected.

  42. Connie K Campbell

    cute little mug rug! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  43. Becky Smith

    I love your mug rug. My favorite thing to create for Halloween are pumpkin baked goods.

  44. Janet Mikes

    I love the mug rug. I can’t wait to make one

  45. Kathy h

    Your mug rug is so cute and my grandkids and I love glow in the dark. I really enjoy making small wall hangings for Halloween.

  46. Sharon Gullikson

    Halloween cards are my favorite. But I like your project….loving this blog hop.

  47. Dixie McAdam

    Such a cute Boo Mug! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Christi

    Now a days I don’t make as much as I used to for Halloween but I like Pumkin placemats and runners.

  49. Colette

    Cute project and the glow in the dark thread is awesome.

  50. Emily

    Such cute treat bags! I love to make my son’s Halloween costumes. We typically start with a long-sleeve t-shirt or hooded sweatshirt and embelish from there into whatever he wants to be.

  51. Kathy E.

    I make mug rugs for the seasons and yours is one I’d love to make a few of for our island! Thank you for the pattern. I really enjoy making pumpkin bars and pumpkin spice muffins during the Halloween week!

  52. laurie a

    I love your mug rug! I actually really like that the glowy thread isn’t super bright. It makes it look a little more spooky. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  53. Nancy Myers

    Wow! You are a talented person. The mug rug is so cute.

  54. Camille

    Yippee! I have glow in the dark thread so I am ready to jump on this cute idea.

  55. Carol Andrews

    Love the Boo BrewMugRug! I agree that spiders are creepy, but did have a pet snake once! Love those Smartie’s pouches. My grandkids would love them. Glad to see you on this Hop.

  56. Carol Andrews

    My favorite things to make are quilts, but lately I’m hooked on bags and mini quilts,

  57. Pat

    Very cute and creative! … <3 Pat

  58. Sally Murray

    Thank you, very cute. I love Halloqeen!

  59. Danice

    Adorable mug rugs! Favorite items to sew are quilts, especially for Halloween and Christmas. Thank you for the giveaway chance also.

  60. Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

    Your Boo Brew mug rug is sew sew cute!!! I’m sure you will enjoy drinking a warm snuggly drink and reading all of these great witchy posts!

  61. Joy McDonald

    Cut mug rugs and love those pouches! I know the little ones will love them too! xx

  62. Jacqueline

    I love machine embroidery, thank you for sharing.

  63. Joan

    Love your brew crew mugrug! Halloween happiness!

  64. Mary Ann

    This is Boo-tiful. I have some glow in the dark thread. Wonder if it still glows? I am now inspired to try it! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the pattern.

  65. Barb K

    Your little ghost is so cute–Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  66. Nancy C

    I love to make painted face pumpkins. I love how creative you are! Your mug rig is very cute:)

  67. Barbara Messer

    The mug rugs are Booooo-tiful!

  68. Sharon Lawson

    Your mug rug is so cute.

  69. soma @ whimsandfancies.com

    Love the name Boo Brew and Boo looks like a fun ghost to be around! Enjoy your coffee break with him on your lovely mat 🙂


  70. Sherry

    Your mug rug is perfect for Halloween! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

  71. Marian

    SewSew Cute Brenda… sure did miss ya on the row along this year. I looked at what you’ve been up to tho in previous posts and those quilts are fabulous that you made for the quilt show. I loved that top one, the colors are fandamtabulous!!!

  72. Brandy Pettit

    What a cute design, I especially love it glowing in the dark.

  73. Susan

    VERY cute mug rugs, and so is the zipper design monster. Any child would love that, and what grown-up doesn’t have a wee bit of monster love in them? Isn’t that why we have children? =)

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