Monday, August 11, 2014

Mug Rug Mania

With all those fabulous Fat Quarters from the Carolina Shop Hop, and the sewing successes of the Quilt Blocks, I decided to try my hand at some new-to-me stitching techniques. Mug Rugs were are perfect way to accomplish those goals.

Dotty QAYG - Front

Not so Dotty QAYG - Back


I really tried to step out of my comfort zone with this Mug Rug. Cutting strips in varying widths messed with my symmetrical sensibilities enough to make me quite uncomfortable. I decided to try the Quilt as You Go (QAYG) method and found I love this technique!


I think this Mug Rug is one of my favorites to date. I suppose it's my take on piecing. Beginning in the center of the Rug, I stitched the big green floral piece. I just kept adding bits and strips until I had a piece large enough for Mug Rug size. To top it off, I tried Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). Oh my. I REALLY need to practice that technique! Don't look too close...my lines cross and my curves are kinda pointy. 


This was another QAYG Mug Rug; however, I tried to machine stitch the binding. Totally didn't work out. It's such a sloppy look! Not a total wadder though...LittleGirl loved it and asked if she could keep it. I love that she doesn't see the mistakes. She only sees the bright & fun colors. 



This Mug Rug has a lot of new-to-me techniques going on in it! There's applique of a fussy cut quatrefoil design, wedges pieced to create a curvy design, and some echo quilting. This Mug Rug was gifted to my dear friend, Greek C. The colors match her home, and I wanted a reminder of our fun Shop Hop experience. 

As we looked at quilts that day, she commented she was really drawn to the quilts that were curves and waves more than the blocked or straight-line quilts. I'm the complete opposite, but I truly loved creating this little Mug Rug. It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it unleashed the abstract creative side of me. This was the Mug Rug that kick-started the rest of the sewing frenzy! 

Would you believe I actually have more sewing to show you? I didn't realize it myself, so more projects to come this week! 

What new-to-you techniques have you tried recently?

Happy Monday!

6 comments:

  1. Hi!!! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were back in the blog groove!!! LOVE your mug rugs!

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    1. Thanks, Val! They certainly re-sparked my sewing spirit.

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  2. Quilt as you go is awesome – its like finishing a project in half the time, and as you say its great to try out some new techniques.

    I think machine binding is really hard and Im never happy when I use that technique. I just cant get it right. LG is seeing that mug rug for what it is though – gorgeous.

    I did some FM quilting in your absence (with much trepidation I might add ) but I was really pleased with the results. Practice really does help!

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    1. I loved QAYG, Shay! I can't wait to try it out on something a bit bigger. Perhaps a table runner. No need to jump in with both feet. ;)

      Thanks for the kind words. So...how do you like FM quilting? Something you're going to continue to do? I am interested in trying on a larger quilt. I might start with a baby sized and see how that goes. Truly, I want to deck all the beds in our home with quilts and stitch up one for each of my kids...one day real soon. Happy Sewing! ツ

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  3. You definitely have some gorgeous mug rugs. I love the bright colors you used. Looks like you had fun with the stitching too.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! These truly were a lot of fun to create. I find myself gravitating to the brights more & more. Grabbing some sunshine for myself, I suppose. :)

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