Isn't that such a perfect winter print? There was no question that that was one I'd pick for using in my mug rug. Mittens with strings, how I always wanted a pair, thought it was so cool that you could just let them dangle, and even toques, which, as I said on Sew In Love With Fabric blog, rhymes with 'Luke' and is Canadian for a woolen hat just like those on the fabric.
Here is what I made:
The technique used will yield two mug rugs, that you can whip up in a few hours. I like that!
First of all, I got the idea for the mug rug from the cover of Amanda's book, Modern Holiday. I've wanted to make that quilt for EVER. This book turned me onto fresh Christmas colours.
I've made free-form cut triangles before, along with several other shapes, thanks to Karla Alexander's Stack a New Deck book, so I figured I could do this without any paper-piecing or templates.
So let the games begin, shall we?
Leaning Tree Mug Rugs
Yield: 2 mug rugs 6 1/2 X 9 1/2"
8 fat quarters in coordinating colours, or scraps, but note that the scraps need to be about 8 1/2" square for the large tree block.
1. Cut four squares approximately 3 1/2" tall by 4 1/2" wide.
**Note that you will make four tree parts at once by stacking these four squares and making two slices with your rotary cutter. If that worries you, then you may do two trees at a time, but you will need to keep the partners together since this is freely cut without templates.
2. Place your ruler at a tree angle you like and slice through all 4 layers at once.
**Don't make these angles too sharp, or you will not have enough fabric to square to 3 1/2" in the end.
3. Now make a second slice to form the tree shape. Be sure to allow at least a 1/2" from the side edges.
4. Take the top tree and place it on the bottom of the tree stack. This shuffles the fabrics.
1. First sew the left side of the tree to the background. Note that things won't line up perfectly; trim the extra bit of fabric as shown below, so you have a straight edge. Press to the background.
2. Now sew the background piece to the right side of the tree. Press to the background. Trim the bottom edge straight. Square this unit to approximately 3" tall by 3 1/2" wide.
**Tip: ensure you have 1/2" or more about the tree top. Make four.
3. Sew a 1 1/4 X 1 1/4" square of tree trunk fabric between two 1 1/4 X 1 3/4" rectangles of background fabric. Press to the background fabric. Make four. You now have this:
|Note that the tree section wasn't trimmed when I took this photo.|
1. Cut a 6 X 7 1/2" rectangle of background fabric and the same of tree fabric. Place the tree fabric atop the background having the 7 1/2" width at the lower edge. Cut a tree triangle shape as you did for the mini trees.
2. Stitch and press as you did for the mini trees. Trim the bottom edge straight. Square the large tree unit to approximately 5 1/2" tall by 6 1/2" wide. Make two.
3. Sew a 1 3/4 X 1 1/4" trunk piece between two 1 3/4 X 3 1/4" rectangles of background fabric. Make two of these units.
You now have the following:
Arrange these so that you have one large tree with two mini trees on one side as in the first photo of this post. Sew the two mini trees together, one above the other. Then sew this unit to the side of the large tree block. Square to 6 1/2 X 9 1/2".
Layer with batting (great to use up scraps) and a backing piece cut approximately 7X10". Quilt. I had fun with my metallic threads, Holoshimmer by Sulky, and the most perfect variegated Sulky rayon that my dear friend Jake sent me in with a ton of other goodies. I also used Aurifil 2600 in the white/grey areas, and pieced everything on my 1947 Featherweight with pale blue Gütermann.
Both were quilted on my Bernina. I did swirls, echoes, pebbles, dot to dot, a loops and snowflakes meander, and flowing lines. Fun!
When done quilting, square to 6 1/2 X 9 1/2" or whatever you like, and bind. I did a single-fold binding, cut at 1 1/4" wide, applied to the back, and then top-stitched down to the front.
Here's the back:
|My impatiens are hanging onto summer as much as I am!|
I got my Angela Walters cup out (fitting because I pulled out her Shape By Shape 2 for inspiration) to see how it went with these:
|I'd say pretty fine! Turquoise is such a beautiful colour.|
Tuesday: The Benartex Blog Design Team - they used the games fabric to create two mug rugs in motion!
Wednesday: me! at mmm! quilts
Thursday: Debby Kratovil Quilts
To keep costs down, Benartex is sending to US residents only please. Just answer this question: have you ever made a mug rug and do you use it? Followers, new ones welcome, can get a second entry if you tell me how you follow me. See the top of my sidebar for where to find me beneath my profile. Due to the large volume of comments during giveaways, I won't be responding to comments. Be sure to leave your address in your comment if you are a no-reply blogger, like this: ephdra (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you for your understanding while I work my way through comments on the last two posts; things have been pretty hectic and stressful at my house this past 10 days. My previous post explains why.
The giveaway is open through Friday, Oct. 20 11:59 EDT. I'll announce the winner on my blog on Saturday. GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED.
Sunday! (just been rather preoccupied with a very ill doggie, sorry): The winner is #70, Abbigail, and she has been contacted. She uses mug rugs all the time. ☕
Thank you to all who entered, and commented, and welcome to new followers. I've been using one of my mug rugs all week! I find they are perfect for the morning coffee or afternoon tea when I am having something small to eat. If you make one of these, please send me a photo and with your permission, I'd love to post it on my blog.
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