Hi! It would seem that hexies are back into my life. They are very meditative to prepare and to stitch together (i.e. relatively mindless but enjoyable for a short time).
Happy Purple & Spots
July's colour for the 2022 Table Scraps challenge is purple and the theme is circles, spots and dots. Until last year I had very few fabrics with spots but because of a wonderful gift of scraps, I now have tons.😊
|Two English paper pieced, appliquéd, purple & spots mug rugs|
As soon as I saw the July theme of spots, I knew that I had the perfect scraps to English paper piece (EPP) some hexies. I also had some gorgeous purple hand-dyed fabrics in my scrap bin. This project was meant to be!
Making the Mug Rug
My first try at stitching the hexies onto the background and batting was a dud since I used free motion quilting (FMQ). It was a mess. I don't often take things apart, but I did this time. I then took my time, pinned down my hexies and very carefully used the walking foot to stitch on the outside of the hexie flower. If you enlarge the picture below you can see puncture marks of very crooked stitch lines around the edges of the flower,
|Second attempt at appliquéing the hexie flower|
|Using a walking foot|
|Hexie flower stitched down|
The next step was to make the mug rug. I had actually planned ahead a little bit and knew that I wanted an envelope or pillowcase type finish. The background piece was twice the length of the mug rug so that it could be used for the background. Below you see that the edges are stitched on two sides of the fabric and the one side is the fold. I left one side open so that I could flip the front out.
|Leaving one side open|
|Stitching the envelope of the second mug rug|
|Stitched on two sides, ready to be turned inside-out.|
|Flipped over through the open side|
|Over-stitching around the four edges of the background|
Two Finished Mug Rugs
|Second happy hexie flower mug rug|
|Mug rugs in the clover|
|Mug rugs on a very large Hosta :-)|
More Mug Rugs in progress
|A third mug rug appliquéd and stitched by hand (WIP)|
|Last hexie mug rug (WIP)|
- My most important lesson learned is to attach a hexie flower to the background using a walking foot, not FMQ. Lines need to be straight. With all of the layers of fabric, it's a perfect job for the walking foot.
- It was very useful to make one mug rug at a time. I was able to use a couple of tricks that I learned from my first try:
- It was easier to make the batting a ¼" smaller than the background, and then use the outside of the batting as a guide to stitch around the edges.
- When leaving an opening to turn the mug rug over, it's best if the opening is a smaller opening than a full side. It was very easy once right-side out, to stitch up the open portion when a side had been partially stitched on both ends.
- You may have noticed that none of my hexie flower mug rugs are centered. I was hoping that I would get better at that as I made more but I seem to have regressed, so my advice is to make it obviously not centered so that it looks like a design feature. 😊
- Other 2022 Table Scraps challenge related posts:
- Coneflowers and books on Free Motion Mavericks, June 30, 2022
- May's Table Scraps potholders, May 29, 2022
- Pink love for April's Table Scrap Challenge, May 01, 2022
- A little yellow and floral runner, March 27, 2022
- Joyful Quilter's 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge page