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Rug Hooking? Yeah, rug hooking

So I am back from Spring Quilt Market in St Louis, MO where I shared some Studio 37 boothspace with fellow designer Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J.

Here's my booth space replete with new quilts, my Getting to Know Hue BOM, my new patterns, and  . . .  WHAT? In the foreground, is that rug hooking? Yep, it is.

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I was introduced to rug hooking when I visited the Fallbrook Quilt Guild and stayed with the lovely Ann Harris, a talented quilter and rug hooker. She showed me the basics, had me watch an online video tutorial, and gave me some books on rug hooking to take home and read. Boy, did she have me itching to try my hand at rug hooking! I ordered a beginner's kit online and went to work. Immediately, I realized a good rug hooking frame was in my future. After a few hours of research, I discovered the floor frame in the photo from Pioneer Primitives. I counted the days until it arrived because I so so wanted to hook my rug. Once it arrived, I hooked my rug. Then I hooked another. And, then it dawned on me that I could draw my own pattern and use Marcus Wools. At first I rotary cut some of the wool--woah is that labor intensive cutting all those 1/4" strips!! Then it occured to me to see if Accuquilt had a 1/4" strip die I could use with my Studio Cutter. They did!! (more equipment needed, naturally)

Chirp is my first rug using Marcus Wools cut with the Accuquilt. The pattern for the rug as well as a wool applique' little mat/wallhanging is up on my site. As you can see I finished it as a pillow.

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Tambourine Twirl came next. It is the rug version of a quilt in my Strip It Three Ways: Series 4 quilt pattern. How fun! It's not perfect--heck it's not even great, but I learned a lot about what not to do when hooking a geometric rug. And, hey, it's finished, it's bright, and I have a good place for it where it will add a splash of color but not get a lot of foot traffic.

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And here is Star Bouquet.  Pattern and instructions are still in the works. Can you see how much better my hooking got over the span of three-four rugs?

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At Spring Market I demonstrated how easy rug hooking is and got a few adventurous people to sit down at the frame and give it a whirl. Here is the rug begun at Market in progress. It is meant to go with my new Remember Red fabric collection.

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