Hi everyone, been a while. But I have been busy. VERY busy.
Making fun Mug Rugs. If you have never heard of them, they are the equivalent of a coaster and a placemat. Larger than the former and smaller than the latter.
Deciding on which fabric to use for the binding has taken days. Yes, I really do mean DAYS. Since you know hand sewing is my least favorite part of quilting, I wanted to make absolutely sure my choice would be perfect.
So…. I tried out several.
It was still hard deciding. I guess it is best to let the “squares” decide. And look at them through my camera lenses. I can eliminate a lot of yucks just with this one step.
BTW, I created these mug rugs by cutting 5″ by 5″ fabric charms into four 2 1/2″ squares. The ones with pinked edges gave me fits!! Why do companies pink the edges? Don’t they know about fabric waste. And trying to match up the sides is a total PITA!! I ended up cutting off most of them before sewing.
Anyhoo… back to what I was telling you. I have almost 20 mug rugs in the works. Some sewn, quilt sandwiches made, some quilted ready for binding and some bindings waiting to be hand sewn. I think the fun part is selecting the fabrics and sewing them together. I love that step!!
These photos show more mug rugs. Adding in a few novelty squares. I am going to use red polka dots for the back and probably bind them with black fabric with tiny white dots. I’ll keep making them until I run out of little squares.
What do you think of my POINTS?
Looking good, huh? I figured out the trick to getting them almost perfect. The trick is don’t skimp when making the fold in the corners. Let it extend out a bit. Like a hang over. That little extra allows the corners to point out and lay flat.
What else have I been working on……. I made a few things with the cat fabric I showed you a couple weeks ago. But more on that later. Need to finish them up and take photos.