Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mug Rugs

I have a lot of people to thank lately. Life is really good when you can say that.
So, to show my appreciation for the nice things they have done for me, I made "mug rugs."
A mug rug is a fun small quilt that one can use to put a cup of the preferred beverage and a cookie or a treat. Most rugs are about 4" by 6"; but there are no laws about the size, so mine have different sizes.

The one made with fabric salvages is about 4"X 6"; but the others are about 5 inches square.
The salvage rug was made with a modified sew and flip method, since one side won't ravel, that is the side that stays on top, no need to flip.

I have made the cup and the apple ones using a paper piece method shown by Marjorie Rhine on the November 2012 issue of American Quilter Magazine (page 70).
Using her method, there is no need to remove the paper later; and at the end, the foundation is intact and can be reused.
I have to admit that it is a lot more fun not to have to make many copies of the pieces and most importantly not to have to remove the paper later.
Rhine suggests that one should add pins as one goes to keep the accuracy of the task. This is very important.
I also would like to suggest that you use this method with larger pieces. I have some pieces that were about 1/4 inch finished and those were very hard to keep in place with this method. But after a few trials, like anything else, it became really easy.

 These are my foundations. The apple, I had to make in 4 separate parts; So I cut the picture in parts A to D and than re-assembled; but the cup is the same paper foundation that I use for the mug rug above, it has some pin marks but it is good enough to reuse.
The apple was also the first foundation that I designed myself with an inspiration from an apple I saw on Madame Sam's blog. The cup was a free download that I can't find the source now.


I have a new computer with Windows 8. I am very happy with it; but the learning curve is high. So, no editing photos or retrace my downloads possible. Soon, I will have a class on how to use this new computer. No promises of improvements.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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