Some of the individual members of Modern Quilt Guild (MQGIM for short) participated in a mug-rug swap that yours truly began to arrange in early April. In May I posted about having chosen the fabrics for my own mug rug, with a circle of geese in mind.
At the same time I printed the templates, but now I’ve misplaced them somewhere, so instead I made an improvised design, with nine colours rather than twelve. What does the back look like then?
Sewing theme for a quilter, of course!
Each coloured square measures 1 inch finished, and the background square between pink and red, red and orange, lime and yellow, yellow and navy, dark green and turquoise, and turquoise and violet respectively is 1 inch similarly finished.
Cut 1.5 inch-squares (1 of each colour, 6 of background) and chain piece together into rows. Press all seams open.
Cut 2 background “bars” to sew between the rows, 5.5” x 1.5”. Sew, press seams open.
Cut 2 background “bars” to sew onto the sides of the mug rug top, 1.5” x 5.5 ” (yes, same as the ones between rows, but if you’re using a directional print, this matters). Sew, press seams open.
Cut 2 background “bars” to sew onto top and bottom of mugrug, 7.5” x 1.5”. Sew, press seams open. Your mug rug should measure 7.5” x 7.5” at this point.
Cut batting and backing, both around 8” x 8”. Baste and quilt. I used the edge of the presser foot to sew along each square side, and clearly eye balling was sufficient on this small-scaled project. Square up to 7.5” x 7.5”.
Cut binding, 2.5” x width of fabric (WOF) if you’re lazy like me. The total length of the mug rug alone is around 30”, so add a few inches to this if you don’t want to cut WOF. Fold in half, press. Sew with quarter-inch seam allowance on front side of mug rug. Fold binding over edge, pin or use wonder clips, sew by hand onto back side of mug rug. Done.
And a final close-up!
Now this little creation is on its way to a secret swap partner. Hopefully it will arrive safely and also be a welcome addition to its new home.
Thanks to all the ladies, who participated and made us scattered indie members feel a bit closer to one another!