I guess it is OK to show you this now. It has been mailed and opened by the recipient. You got a sneak peek last week of the fabrics but I couldn’t show you what I was making. Didn’t want my Christmas In July Secret Sister in my quilt group to see it. She reads my blog.
Anyhoo… I found this set at JoAnn’s in December last year. A Christmas mug with matching hanging metal plaque.
I couldn’t resist. Too cute and perfect for gift giving. The decision to make a mug rug was made a couple days before the mailout deadline. So I had to work quickly. Pieced together the blocks and got it made. No time for stepping away to look at it throughout the process to see if I liked it. Like I usually do. Just sew and go.
Started off with these blocks. (Actually I was practicing for something I would make later.)
The “X” in the center was purely by accident. When I saw it, I thought, hmmm, could stand for the X in the abbreviated spelling of Christmas. XMAS.
Added scallops and dots.
Quilting was fast and easy too. Diagonal lines across the surface of the mug rug. Then arched lines following the edges of the ironed on scallops. And lastly, double circles inside the dots. Steam-A-Seam2 held them in place as I sewed. I love that stuff!!
I like how it came out. No pattern. Made it up as I went. The scallops and dots idea came from the mug.
Had I allowed more time, I would have figured out how to add a flat fabric bow down the center. Adding buttons was considered. But I kept thinking they might cause a spill and I certainly didn’t want that. So, no buttons. Would have been cute though, right?
I had fun making the mug rug to go with the Crafty Christmas Set. Hope my Secret Sister likes it!!