Happy Galentine’s Day!

Galentine’s Day (February 13th) is a day to celebrate our girlfriends and eat breakfast food.

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Yep,Galentine's Day is a thing.

As the fans of Park and Recreation already know, Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) created Galentine's as a way to celebrate the great women in her life.

Since it's my gal friends who feed my creative energy, it just makes sense to me the Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Galentine’s Day!

Our challenge was to make quilted postcards and mug rugs featuring gorgeous Island Batiks.

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Before I show you what I made, here are some of my favorite Leslie Knope quotes to get you in a Galentine's Day mood:

  • "You know my code: hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries."

  • "I'm a feminist, okay? I would never go to a strip club. I've gone on record that if I had to have a stripper name, it would be Equality."

  • "I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself."

Ready? So sit down with your favorite breakfast food (mine's coffee <grin>) and read all about what I made for Galentine's.

Like last year, I used some of my Stash Buster rolls on this project. Stash Buster rolls contain 5" x WOF strips of various batiks rolled up like sushi. Stash Busters are so perfect for small projects like this and larger, scrappy projects because you can cut them into common units like 5"  and 2-1/2" squares, 2-1/2" x 5" rectangles, and anything smaller than 5".

Last year, I made mug rugs by creating a lot of small HSTs and arranging them in different patterns.

This year, I decided to design a new pattern I call Heartwheel (kinda a play on cartwheel) to create my mug rugs. The first one I made for Sherry, a gal friend who helped me get started in this business. I owe her a lot.

Sherry is simply joyful! A traditional girl who isn't afraid of modern touches, I chose for her a bright blue, warm yellow, and this lovely batik that combines both colors.

On the back, I put this funky pine cone print that combines the warm yellow and darker blue from the front.

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Next, I made a mug rug for Susie, who invited me to join her bee years ago and who unhesitatingly supported my move to quilting as a career. Susie loves traditional colorings as well, and when I saw this fall-themed batik in brown and navy it instantly reminded me of her. I paired it with a bright blue and a cream batik.

When I found a cream batik with butterflies on it for the back, I knew the combination was perfect. Susie loves butterflies.

My third mug rug I made for Alice. Alice is steadfast and true--the best bestie to have. I've known Alice for years, having worked with her as a technical editor for a book publisher years ago. Alice encouraged me to join my local quilt guild in 2001 and to become its President back in 2011.

Alice is fun-loving, bright, and totally unafraid to be different. For her I chose her favorite color combo--teal and orange.

For the back, I chose this wonderful sunflower batik.

I quilted all the three mug rugs the same way--echoing within the inner pinwheel and outside the heart. Inside the heart, I did a simply curly meander.

Here are the details:

6" x 6"
Fabrics: Island Batik Stash Builders scraps
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Warm and White
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove)
Quilting Threads:  Gutterman 50 wt #6410 (Monaco Blue), Wonderfil InvisaFil 100 wt #138 (Soft Gold), Aurifil #5022 (Mustard), Gutterman 50 wt #6340 (Bright Navy), Sulky 40 wt #1126 (Tan), Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt #703 (Tangerine), Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt #KT606 (Peacock Blue), Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt #711 (Pure Orange)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

I had so much fun using the 5” strips from my Stash Busters to make my mug rugs! If you’re wondering what I’ll make next with my Island Batiks, you won’t have to wonder too long! Just watch for my special Valentine’s post.

If you need help making a mug rug for your Galentine’s, check out my tutorial.

Happy Galentine’s Day you poetic and noble land-mermaids! Be sure to return tomorrow for my special Valentine's/Galentine's project link up!

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Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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