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