Thursday, February 25, 2021

Show Your Stripes Blog Hop -- My Day

I'm so happy to be participating in another of Carla's wonderful blog hops!

Here's the list of today's participants:

The theme for this hop is stripes, and I made two small projects featuring them.

The first, is a wool felt mug rug that I'm calling "Up, Up, and Away." Those of you who are old enough will remember the 5th Dimension song of the same name:

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon

We could float among the stars together, you and I

For we can fly, we can fly

Up, up and away

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon

It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon

We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky

For we can fly, we can fly

Up, up and away

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under a twilight canopy

We'll search the clouds for a star to guide us

If by some chance you find yourself loving me

We'll find a cloud to hide us

We'll keep the moon beside us

Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon

Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon

If you'll hold my hand we'll chase your dream across the sky

For we can, fly we can fly

Up, up and away

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon


Up, up, and away

If I weren't afraid of heights, a trip up, up and away in a balloon would sound pretty good these days. It'd be nice to be able escape everything!

But here on the ground, I settled for designing this 9" x 12" mug rug that features a striped hot air balloon:

It has a nice large area for your mug or glass to sit, while you dream about flying away too.

If you'd like to make one for yourself, or someone else, you can download the FREE pattern here.


My second project was born out of the desire to use up some of my many, many, many, many wool felt scraps. I have a huge stash of the stuff. So I decided to make a 12" x 12" candle/table mat using 1" x 4" strips. It's basically a string quilt, but instead of being pieced together, the wool felt strips are appliqued down onto a backing piece. Then the entire mat was backed with another 12" x 12" piece to hide all the stitching.

I used a dark blue embroidery floss for all the stitching. Some the stripes came out a little wonky, but overall I got the desired result!

I love to read your comments and will reply to them all via email unless you are a No Reply Blogger.

Be sure to visit everyone participating in this fun hop!

Monday, February 22nd

Just Let Me Quilt

DayBrook Designs 


Ms P Designs USA

Storied Quilts

Den syende himmel


Sew Many Yarns


Tuesday, February 23rd

Life in the Scrapatch

Stitchin At Home


Homespun Hannah's Blog

Karrin's Crazy World

Quilt Schmilt

That’s Sew Kerry


Annie's musings


Wednesday, February 24th


Selina quilts

Quilting Gail

Karen's Korner

Kathleen McMusing

Food For Thought

The Joyful Quilter


Thursday, February 25th

Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel 

Patchwork Breeze

Kathy Kwilts and More

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Inflorescence: Starting to Bloom by Choosing Joy


Stitch and Quilt

Creatin' in the Sticks


  1. Love the mug rug and candle mat.

    Please add my link to the list of todays bloggers. :)

  2. Yes, I remember that song. You visualized it beautifully.

  3. Love the mug rug! Beautiful use of stripes for both projects.

  4. I adore the candle/table mat. The hand stitching is great!

  5. The mug rug is really cute. Thanks for the reference to the free pattern.

  6. Your wool designs are so cute! I have managed to resist adding wool work to my long list of hobbies that I sadly don’t have enough time to satisfactorily play with each one. But I do admire it every time I see it. Boy do I know that song! Ha. Your striped balloon is so great. Most, if not all, of the real ones are striped, come to think of it. A lovely way to enjoy a cuppa and a snack. The candle mat is wonderful. You have a terrific stash of wool colors. A candle mat is a great way to use up and showcase your scraps.

  7. Terrific use of stripes in your projects. The hot air balloon mug rug is inspiring. Thank you for sharing these and the pattern.

  8. Both pretty projects. Wool is so textured and looks so good. Thanks for sharing the pattern too.

  9. I love your balloon mug rug. It reminds me of the International Balloon Fiesta. I sure hope it's not cancelled again this year. I love how you used up scraps and made the rail fence mat. It's some awesome eye candy.

  10. I'll probably be singing that song in my head all day now. At least it's a happy song! Sweet mug rug and candle mat using your creative wool talents. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Really beautiful! Thanks for sharing your projects.

  12. Great idea to make a striped balloon - too cute!

  13. Thanks for the mug rug pattern. Some days I wish I could go up and away!!!

  14. You are so amazing with wool. Your hot air balloon is too cute! The perfect place for stripes. Your mat is great too! Thank you, so much for sharing your talents in the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop!

  15. Beautiful mats and great use of stripes! I remember that song, and probably even have the record! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Such clever projects you made. I have wool pieces and have never thought that I could sew them on the machine! Sure would make the project go faster since I'm a slow hand stitcher. Thank you.

  17. Lovely projects! I am especially interested in the striped mat--great way to use those wool scraps. Thanks for sharing!

  18. P.S. Thanks for the pattern for the balloon mug rug too!

  19. LOVE that striped balloon mug rug! Such a cute idea for the Hop.

  20. I love your balloon! Thank you for the pattern.

  21. Both your mug rug and your candle mat are wonderful. Thanks so much for the pattern for the balloon. I have to admit that I've never thought about using felted wool for a mug rug. I think I will need to make at least one for me in the next couple of weeks. Thanks again.

  22. So far I'm not a wool person but that may change. Your projects are both adorable though I loved the mug rug with the balloon. Yep, I loved that song, too!!

  23. Wonderful projects and Thankyou for the great earworm! I’m smiling as the tune goes around and around in my head! Thanks for sharing your sweet pattern. 😄 Carol

  24. Your wool project really caught my eye--such pretty colors!

  25. Cute hot air balloon mug rug and love the wool scraps you used.

  26. Thanks for the ear worm! Love the hot air balloon!