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Topic: Mug Rugs! or, My First Foray Into the World of Quilting  (Read 1210 times)
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« on: March 15, 2012 10:40:43 AM »

About a month ago, I decided I wanted to learn to sew. I got a refurbished Brother computerized sewing machine off eBay for around $110. Went to Joann's, picked up some fabric, and figured it out with the help of the manual and a few patterns online (thank you, Pinterest and Craftster). So far, I've made a pincushion, a sewing machine dust cover, a clutch, and a drapey cardigan (made out of two long sleeve t-shirts, which I don't have pictures of yet).

My machine came with around 8 or 9 different presser feet, and I originally wanted to quilt. Last night, I wanted to make tea with my little tea-for-one set and have it in the living room. I have a mug rug I bought in the computer room, but... that's where that goes. I didn't have a mug rug for the living room. It couldn't take too long, so I decided I was going to make one. And so I did. It took about... an hour? I had to read the manual and figure out how to take off the presser foot and the holder thing, and then put on the quilting foot.

Voila! Also, all the mug rug patterns I found were for patchwork ones or something, so I kind of winged it. We still had a brand-new flannel flat sheet (I hate flat sheets) in the bedroom, so I cut that up and sandwiched it between the two fabrics, sewed around the edges (inside out), turned it right side out, and kind of just.... scribbled. I think actual quilters have like... stippling patterns they follow, but I basically was a three year old and just had fun. I like it, and it served its purpose.

Then I made another one this morning to replace the one I bought for the computer room.

I'm just not a practice-and-learn kinda girl. I figure if I mess it up, I can rip out the seam and try again. So far, so good!

« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012 11:08:04 AM »

The look fun, I love the funky fabrics you've chosen.

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012 11:08:44 AM »

a MONTH ago you decided to learn how to SEW??!!!
ummm, you are what we call a fast learner!  Cheesy
awesomeness and i bet that you cant imagine life without your "brother" anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012 12:24:38 PM »

Lovely! Your "scribble" quilting is wonderful, I may have to try that! Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012 04:18:35 PM »

You have become a great seamstress, almost overnight - well maybe over a few more nights - but fast, anyway.  I admire both your mug rugs (and the pincushion, machine cover and clutch - WOW)!  Really nice job, and sewing is great, I think.  Sounds like you've already found the fun in creating sewn things!


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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012 05:54:36 PM »

wow, you're a fast learner!  You've got a knack for colours also. Job well done on everything  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012 12:17:45 PM »

love your fearlessness...you are never going to get anything if you don't just jump in!

I love what you have done so far...and the more you do, the more you will do...ha ha...it will be a lifetime hobby for you!

I like the scribbles...I have been quilting for...let's say a lot of years...and I still scribble...way more fun! Cheesy

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