Friday, October 16, 2015

Mug Rug Hugs

I was going to call this post restless, because that's what I am this week. I've tried working on other projects but just can't settle down. So last night I pulled out some scraps and fat quarters and started two little projects to try to focus a bit. 

I have a friend who has had kind of a  no, a really rough summer, and I decided she needed a little something just for her, so she could take time to relax a bit. Then I heard from another friend who also has some rough stuff going on. 

What to do? I decided to make them each a mug rug. My inspiration was the neat one Amanda showed last week.



My goal was to make something bright with some yellow, orange and turquoise fabrics I had on hand. Typically, I'd use white, black or gray with these, but I really wanted to use brown. I thought it would make the colors look festive. I went with a Kona cotton--Espresso to be specific. Sounds right for a mug rug, doesn't it? I was going to bind them with a yellow print, but it detracted too much from the other prints. I didn't have enough of the dark brown for binding, so I skipped it. If I did this again, I'd either use a lighter weight batting scrap, stop the batting short of the seam where I sewed the front and back together, or actually bind it, but it worked out okay. They lie flat, and that's what matters. I did the quilting with my walking foot and regular sewing thread. 

Crazy how light shows every wrinkle!!

Here are the backs:



I'll pop them in the mail tomorrow. Two mug rug hugs.

Imagine that! I actually have a Friday Finish!! Maybe tomorrow I can settle down to my other projects.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts (TGIFF). It's been a long time since I could say that!





12 comments:

  1. These are really striking. They should help pick up your friends. I really like this design and maybe (I say this all the time when I see things I like) I'll make some.

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  2. Cute mug rugs! The combo of the prints and solid is great!

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    1. ditto! Was it hard to "birth" them?

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    2. Ha, ha, I'm assuming you mean turn 'em right side out? It wasn't hard, but I would use a thinner batting if I did it again. The points aren't real sharp even though I trimmed, but they're consistent so I'm okay with that.

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  3. So pretty and with the brown, they are perfect for autumn! Nice job. 😊

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  4. Your friends will love them. What a sweet, kind gift!

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  5. What a lovely thought - an unexpected gift in the post always lifts the spirits. I like this idea too, very effective.

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  6. How cute, and such a sweet treat for your friends!

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  7. Visiting from Bernie's blog ....these are lovely and I hope that your precious grandchild arrives soon :)

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  8. So colorful and cute. I just found your post from the Tuesday link party Mug Rugs at Val's Quilting Studio.

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  9. Wonderful gifts, I like those hex shapes for the mugs.

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