It's almost that time again! This year, since I didn't have to create the guild newsletter and post it etc., I've had so much extra time to actually quilt. What a treat! I decided to make a little something for my friends and colleagues for the holiday season. Since mug rugs are all the rage this year, I thought I would give those a try.
I am very happy to say that I have a nice little stash of Christmas fabrics collected over the years. Just enough fabrics to have a decent variety. This year, at Quilty Pleasures
, I bought two little bundles of 2 1/2 inch charm packs of Moda Christmas fabrics. With those squares mixed in with some of my own fabrics, I made quite a few small 9 patch blocks with borders. They made really nice mug rugs.
|These are all little Moda squares|
|The block in the middle mug rug was made years ago!|
I also had quite a few blocks that I had made years ago, so they got incorporated into the mug rug production.
|Three fabric mug rugs|
After researching on the internet, I found that many mug rugs were made of three panels of fabric. Here are a few of those models. I found it difficult to put all of these printed fabrics together, but I think most came out ok.
The tree on the mug rug above was made of strips of fabric and appliquéd. That was a lot of fun.
These were also great little projects to practice my free motion quilting. Some came out better than others, but that's what practicing is all about!
|Lovely penguin fabric|
I made this mug rug to highlight the penguin fabric. Aren't they cute!
I bought a couple of e-patterns for mug rugs. The mug and gingerbread man was one of them. My version doesn't really do it justice. The one with the different border looks better though.
|Mug and Gingerbread Man |
|Glitzy mug rugs|
|Same mug rug with a different border|
I also created a few glitzy mug rugs. The two below will be in the mail today for Denmark, one for my brother and sister-in-law and the other for her mother. I hope they get there on time!
|Bandit nesting in my Christmas stash!|
I spent many evenings making these. One night, Bandit decided to keep me company. He moved around some of the fabrics in the box and made himself at home.
What I learned:
- Having a dozen or so small projects on the go is more than I can handle. At one point, I felt very scattered. I think that it's best if I make a few and finish them before moving on.
- Sometimes it's important to review things that you think you know! I was having a very hard time at the beginning with the binding. I thought I wasn't stopping early enough at each corner (that 1/4 inch) but it turns out, after reviewing directions for making those corners that I wasn't folding the fabric properly. After that, my corners were much more respectable.
- I found it hard to choose the different fabrics that would go together on a mug rug. After I made the Mug and Gingerbread Man above, I realised that having a different fabric for the binding can be a very good thing to emphasize the project.