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?