MQGIM Mug rug swap – My finished mug rug

Nina With Freckles - MQGIM Mug rug swap - Finished mug rug 2015-06-03

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?

Nina With Freckles - MQGIM Mug rug swap - Finished mug rug back 2015-06-03

Sewing theme for a quilter, of course!

Pattern

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!

Nina With Freckles - MQGIM Mug rug swap - Finished mug rug closeup 2015-06-03

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!

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