A Great Horned Owl Inspires Fall Mug Rugs & Wreaths

Last night a Great Horned Owl perched on the top of our three story high house. It’s the highest spot in the neighborhood; a perfect place for these silent hunters to sit until they swoop down onto unsuspecting prey on one of the nearby vacant lots. We heard the hooting just before bedtime and it brought a smile to my face. I always enjoy the return of the Great Horned Owls as it signals the beginning of Fall in Northwest Florida. The nights have been just a tad bit cooler and the mornings perfect for coffee on the dock. It’s still Florida warm in the daytime but the promise of fall is in the air. I was inspired to make some fall-themed mug rugs for the store and a few wreaths.

Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com - pumpkins

Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com – pumpkins

 

Mug Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com - fall leaves

Mug Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com – fall leaves

Mug Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com

Mug Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com

 

Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com - owls

Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com – owls

Owl wreath by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Owl wreath by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com - For my Saints-loving NOLA friends.

Rug by gulfcoastquilts.com – For my Saints-loving NOLA friends.

Wine Oh’s – Wine Rugs for a Birthday Gift

I have a friend known for her ability to dish up delectable southern style meals and desserts to die for. She’s also known to be a lover of fine wines; a classy “wine oh.” It just made sense that for a quick birthday gift I’d make her some wine glass rugs. It’s always fun to use up scraps and create a great gift. I forgot to photograph it, but one of the wine rugs had her name on it. She loved her gift! Here are some photos.

Wine Rugs by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Wine Rugs by GulfCoastQuilts.com

wine mug rugs for celeste

 

The Spring Fling

I’ve been hiding in the quilting loft for weeks. Why? I boldly signed up for a booth at an upcoming fundraising event, the Spring Fling, hosted by the Navarre Beach Garden Club.

I need to bring some things that gardeners will like so there are lots of flowers involved. We’ve had a challenging winter so colorful flowers will be appreciated. I also want to have several “price points” to offer so I made a few large quilts, some baby quilts, and some inexpensive quilted greeting card / mug rugs.

While I was at it, I decided to learn a new technique I saw on Pinterest; thread sketching. I’m addicted to it and I’m bent on learning more. Here’s the latest stuff to flow out of the quilting loft:

Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Fist Step – Applique: Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Final version - packaged with an envelope. Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Final version – packaged with an envelope. Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

First Step - applique and quilt: Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

First Step – applique and quilt: Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Packaged and ready to go! Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Packaged and ready to go! Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Bunny Post Cards made by gulfcoastquilts.com

Bunny Post Cards made by gulfcoastquilts.com

Made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Flower Power Quilt Top ready to put together and quilt. gulfcoastquilts.com

Flower Power Quilt Top ready to put together and quilt. gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch - gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch – gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch - gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch – gulfcoastquilts.com