There is a free pattern+give away at the bottom of this blog post AND a give away in this YouTube video: [click!]

Yayyy! It is SUCH an exciting day today. It’s my birthday! I’m turning 32. And I’m loving it. I love each day and don’t mind getting older at all. I’m learning more and more to enjoy life. To celebrate all the things, no matter how small they are. My heart is overflowing when I think of the all the things I’m thankful for from this past year. Our little mister Jules with his unstoppable urge to climb things and his adorable giggles. My awesome husband Marten who supports me 200% in everything I do and puts me on the couch with a cup of tea when he sees I’m running a bit too fast. My parents, my brothers and their families, my friends. My studio and the fact that I can do what I love so much everyday!

In the past year I’ve started to practice being grateful everyday. For things big and small. Such a super power to get yourself in a higher frequency by just focusing on what your grateful for. When it’s a kind of sad day, and it’s hard to come up with happy things, start by listing everything that is NOT wrong at that moment (you can have a cup of tea, there is a roof above your head, you’re wearing happy socks). I learned this from Lou Niestadt, check out her podcast for manifesting all the good things ;)

Good Vibes Only

So when Shayla Wolf from Sassafras Lane for Windham Fabrics contacted me asking if I would want to participate in a blog tour about their new fabric line I got a huge smile on my face when I saw the name of the line: GOOD VIBES ONLY. Ha! Love it. And when I got the fabrics in the mail, I did at least three happy dances. Such awesome colors!

Making something for my mom

My mom had her birthday last week, so I decided to make something for her. And the idea of making a pattern where you can use an already pieced block popped up in my head. I started sketching and doodling and came up with this little fishy. You can use and type of block for the belly to create unique fishes using the same pattern.

A fun video tutorial

In this weeks YouTube video I’m showing you how to make these fun mug rugs. First download the free pattern, pick some pretty fabrics, make yourself a nice cup of tea and go make a little fish (or two or three haha). In the video I’ll explain how you can use a pieced block to create a unique little fish. And I’m giving away one of the mug rugs in the video! Whoop Whoop!

The blocks are 6 x 9 1/2 inch, a perfect size to hold a hot cup of tea and your favorite flavored cupcake. It’s a quick project! And perfect to practice your quilting on. Since it’s so small it’s very easy to move around under your machine. Check out the video to see how I quilted these fishes.

Download your FREE paper piecing pattern

But first thing to do: grab your free foundation paper piecing pattern for the fish. It’s a PDF with a coloring page so you can try out different colors and designs before you start cutting into your fabrics.

This little form will let you sign up to my newsletter so you’ll get my weekly email with updates so you’ll be the first to know about everything that is going on within Suagridoo. Make sure to confirm your email address so you can download the pattern.

But wait there is more!

Of course there is more. Sassafras Lane is letting me give away a small bundle with a few fat quarters to one of you! How cool is that! Just leave a comment on this post stating who you would like to make the Little Fish Mug Rug for and I’ll pick a winner next week. Get yourself an extra change to win by commenting to today’s instagram post over here. (entries close on 13th of June 8PM CET)

Next up:

Now hop over to Sassafras Lane to see who’s up next in the blog tour. You can win a fabric bundle almost everyday this month! Monday, June 3rd: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs
Tuesday, June 4th: Emily Dennis | Quilty Love
Wednesday, June 5th: Nichole Vogelsinger | Wild Boho
Thursday, June 6th: Irene Sytema | Sugaridoo
Friday, June 7th: Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts
Saturday, June 8th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design
Sunday, June 9th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations
Monday, June 10th: Nicole Young | Lillyella
Tuesday, June 11th: Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting
Wednesday, June 12th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle
Thursday, June 13th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad
Friday, June 14th: Janet Nesbitt | One Sister Designs
Saturday, June 15th: Natalie Barnes | Beyond the Reef
Sunday, June 16th: Elisabeth Hardy | Elisabew Quilts
Monday, June 17th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Tuesday, June 18th: Joanne Hart Unicorn Harts
Wednesday, June 19th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Thursday, June 20th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Friday, June 21st: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft
Saturday, June 22nd: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Sunday, June 23rd: Shayla Wolf | Recap

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  1. Linda Williamson says:

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! My father-in-law loves to fish and he’d adore one of these mug rugs. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. sharon says:

    My husband’s nickname is fish (because he can eat his weight in sushi)
    I will make him a big mat. I just signed up for your newletter

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  3. GAIL says:

    I love your channel and watch whenever I can. Your ideas and energy is contagious.
    Thanks for all you do!

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  4. Beth T. says:

    So cute! I’d probably make a fishy mug rug for my neighbor, who is just a really great person, always helpful and supportive and never expects any praise or recognition. I’ve been meaning to write her a card and bring over a little gift and say thanks for the millions of times her kindness has made a difference to me, and your fun fish would be a great start.

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  5. Amy B says:

    My granddaughter would love a little fish mug rug, perfect size for a tippy cup and some goldfish snacks! :)

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  6. Marieke says:

    Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! Wat een super mooie set stoffen. Daar word je inderdaad heel vrolijk van. Ik zou zo’n onderzetter voor mijn partner maken die helemaal fan van vissen is.

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  7. Melissa Q. says:

    Happy Birthday! I would make it for my oldest! She thought it was cute when she saw it!

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  8. Marg Macfarlane says:

    Hi there. I’d love to make one of these mug rugs for my daughter. She’s about your age and she is my ‘go to’ person for knitting and sewing advice.

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  9. Neide says:

    Acho você uma pessoa expontanea e aprendo muito com a gratidão que você ensina, agradeço pela oportunidade de aprender com você um abraço com carinho do Brasil 🇧🇷

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  10. Debbie says:

    Such a cutie! I’m going to make one for me and my daughter! The colors in the collection are so vibrant! Love them! Thank you for the chance to win some, and thanks for the pattern! Happy 32nd birthday!

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  11. Nancy says:

    Happy Birthday! I would love to make a fish mug rug for my brother who is an avid fisherman. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!!

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  12. Carla Hundley says:

    How adorable these are!
    Love to make one for my
    husband, he drinks coffee
    and loves fishing.
    Carla from Utah

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  13. Robin says:

    I would make one for me, my two sons,my daughter in law, and 36 more and turn it into a throw.
    Robin from Florida

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  14. Lisa England says:

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I love your patterns and your upbeat attitude. Such pretty things you have made for the blog hop, I enjoyed seeing them.

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  15. Pam says:

    Happy birthday! And thanks for this delightful fish pattern! I’d make a mug rug for my eight-year-old granddaughter, or rather – I’d teach her how to make one. She would love this!

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  16. Nancy A says:

    My sister’s birthday is coming up soon. I’d make one of those cute mug rugs for her.

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  17. Susan Salo says:

    I have a friend who used to own a big fish tank. These would be a cute memory for him!

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  18. Karen A says:

    I would make a few of these mug rugs for our friend’s camper because they like to fish.

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  19. Janet T says:

    Happy Birthday! Mine was 6/9, and I was 32 X 2 + some more!! lol I would make the rug for my Grandson. It looks like the same fish that was his first catch.

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  20. Jody Kruse says:

    In my fishing family everyone would love this – Dad, brother, nephews… Thanks for the pattern!

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  21. Doris Torres says:

    Great video, thank you…I wish to make some fish mug rugs….I would like labels to sew on my projects with my name….

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  22. Peg Sullivan says:

    Well, Happy Birthday! Isn’t it grand when so many people know the day and just stop by to say Happy Birthday, It is great to have you here….
    No presents, just wishes. Reall cute idea to use up those bitsy pieces and make something useful.

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