Hi Quilting Friends! I’m so happy to finally be able to share my latest pattern with you! Introducing … Cold Hands, Warm Hearts!
This pattern was designed as part of Connecting Thread’s 2014 Gifty Galore series and features their fabulous new holiday line by MaryJo Tuttle, called Snowed Inn. You can read more about the quilt and bonus mug rugs over in my Gifty Galore guest post today! Through the holidays, the pattern will able available exclusively on the Connecting Threads website.
So, back in my DINK days – that’s “dual income, no kids” days – I was rather notorious for last minute holiday gifts. One year, I made something like 10 table runners in the space of about a week for my aunts, sisters-in-law, mom, granny, and coworkers. Another year, I managed five Amy Butler Birdie Slings plus a full-sized quilt for my granny.
Now that I have the little monkeys running around, this scale of handmade holiday gifts is just impossible. But I do still enjoy making and giving them … and one of my favorites is the mug rug!
These 10″ little treasures are quick to whip together and still give you the satisfaction not only of having sewn something, but of actually having finished something! I love pairing mine with a giant mug and a pretty tin of loose leaf tea or a mini-mason jar filled with hot cocoa mix. Try the recipe below from Sunset – it’s my favorite!
Peppermint Stick Cocoa Mix
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy