Friday, February 17, 2017

Mug Rug

My love-affair with scraps is well-known.  I showed you the flimsy of the 6" square I made with scraps from the rainbow scrappy binding for Whirling Stars.  Here is the mug rug I just had to finish up this past week.
I honestly do not believe I have ever bound a quilt with a yellow binding, especially one this vibrant. It's another sneak peek at one of the fabrics responsible for my 10-day posting hiatus.  I did an X through the two main diagonal lines of the mug rug and then...couldn't stop. 😬

Here is the back:
I still have a little bit of this beloved Laurel Burch rainbow angel kitties fabric called "Holiday Collection" which she designed for Clothworks, just perfect for the back of my mug rug! I remembered before stitching on the binding to apply my label from Ikaprint. 😉 On minis, I cut my binding at 1.25" and do a single-fold application, which I first stitch to the quilt back, and then topstitch the front down.  It makes for a pretty neat finish.

Here it is in action the other morning.
I am a simple girl: give me a good book, one cup of coffee in the morning, a meaningful mug (this one a gift from my mum many years ago, Mozart, much-loved composer of ours), some graph paper and crayons and pretty fabric, and I'm a happy camper.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  original design
Size: 5 3/4" square
Fabric:  leftover binding HSTs
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton scrap
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads:  pieced with GĂŒtermann; quilted with Aurifil variegated 3817
I noted on Instagram that I had just finished a terrific book, one I think all doglovers must read, so I want to mention it here for those not on Instagram.  It's called Merle's Door: Lessons From a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote.  Just excellent.  He's got another one out, actually two, about Pukka (rhymes with hockey puck) and I got the mainly photos book about Pukka as a puppy and have ordered the novel, Pukka's Promise.

Did you know? That you can look at any public account on Instagram and see the person's photos?  I am mmmquilts, so if you want to check up on me, I am there every day or two!

I got some very happy mail yesterday:
This is from my friend Pat, who is on Flickr here.  She sent me a terrific article about the importance of moving and stretching mindfully, to keep your hips and knees and back in good health.  It is written by a personal trainer with many years of experience, both hers and her clients'.  It amazed Pat, and now me, with how similar her insights are to Yin poses and reasoning.  I will be incorporating some of this knowledge into future Sunday Stretches!  I just love the saying on the card she included and that BAG--!  I've admired these, especially the ones Anja has made, for some time and have wanted to make one but still haven't.  Love that fabric, right?

Linking up with
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF at A Quarter Inch From the Edge

18 comments:

  1. Nothing better than coffee , a special cup and a bright mug rug.

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  2. What a sweet little mini. The cats on back are purrfectly centered and super cute. I'd probably use that side half the time.

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  3. Love your choice of backing fabric for your mug rug. I have some precious Laurel Birch fabric too. Every scrap will be used! I have a couple of card like your friend sent you. Mine are, Advice from a Campfire and Advice from a Butterfly. Love them.

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  4. I love your mug rug! It's so cute from the front and the back!

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  5. I like the yellow binding. Awesome print on the back.

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  6. Sandra, I saw this beautiful mini earlier on Instagram, and just love it! So perfect for your special mug and favorite book. I hope you get lots of enjoyment out of it!

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  7. I love your mug rug for so many reasons: the scrappiness, the binding (love yellow!), the backing, the quilting! So pretty! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. I too am a hoarder of scraps and nothing gives the same joy as finding a way to use up a scrap!
    I'm amazed by the smallness. I look at the top photo and think, "What a lovely bright quilt." Then I scroll down and see it under the mug and cannot believe it's so tiny! I imagine I'd feel pretty special with that under my Coke (sorry, not a coffee drinker) instead of a plain ole' napkin!

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  9. After seeing you post about the Ikaprint labels a couple of times, I finally ordered some. The came quickly and arrived on Thursday. If I'd have known that I would have held onto the three quilts that left my house a week ago!!

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  10. What a delicious mugrug! I think the yellow binding pulls the whole thing together.

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  11. Those drawstring bags are the best... I got Anja hooked on them! I have that armchair fabric in teal with green chairs. Love it. Your mug rug is incredible (and that's not a word I often use for mug rugs!) Those HSTs are so very wee! Thank you for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

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  12. I would have a very hard time deciding which side to use :)

    -Soma

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  13. Very pretty mug rug, love the jewel tones you used on the front and back.

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  14. What a perfect mug rug for this time of the year. It would make me smile every time I used it throughout our grey, wet days!

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