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« on: July 25, 2012 01:14:45 PM »

I'm calling the mug rug I made for one partner in the envelope swap "Little Bit Of Orange".  In her questions she liked mostly blue, but a little bit of orange was OK.  The patch work side are vintage squares that some one gave my mom and then she gave to me.  I tried to put them together so they didn't look square, from a bit back...so white edge next to white square makes a new shape.  My partner likes the ocean, so when I found the hand dyed while searching for backing, I thought to use that.  I free motion quilted the mug rug from that side, taking inspiration from the dye pattern.  I didn't pre wash anything, and I washed it in as hot as possible so that it would be puffy as possible.  I like puffy mug rugs as I feel they insulate nicely.  I used vintage binding.



I had a lot of fun playing around while making it.  I hope my partner finds it usefull Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012 01:24:51 PM »

So pretty!  I love all the stitching on the blue!  I'm sure she adores it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012 01:57:03 PM »

That's gorgeous, I love both sides, but especially your freewheelin sewing on the watery blues.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012 03:26:45 PM »

That's beautiful suereal! I love the colors and your quilting... I still am not having too much luck with my free motion foot (although I haven't had too much time to play with it to be completely honest...) any tips?
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012 06:22:10 PM »

How fun! I want to try some different quilting, a mug rug is the perfect size for that!
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012 05:25:08 PM »

Really pretty, Suereal!

I love your choice of colors and patterns!

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2012 05:51:15 PM »

Thanks y'all!  It was fun to make.  And I LOVE to work with precut fabric.  It goes so much faster Grin

As far as tips-----make a stack of quilt sandwiches (fabric/batting/fabric)...like 20, or if your super serious 50.  I used odd shaped bits of fabric folks had given me when I first started.  Just get a bunch made so you can just keep quilting for awhile.  Anything from 12 inch square to yard sized sandwiches are good sizes to work with.  Too small is harder then a bit too big when it comes to practise.  I also wound 25 bobbins and rigged up a large spool of serger thread to work in my machine when I first started.  I didn't want to have to stop to redo things like that.  Then set a goal...Quilt one a day, one every 3 days, what ever, as long as you sit down and actually do it hehehe.  Just think of it as scribbling when you first start.  Just work at moving in big, continues shapes.  Work towards keeping the stitches even...if you feel like it.  I don't worry too much about that unless I'm working on a quilt that will be used. Every time you quilt a bat, try a different shape or design.  Once you are done with your quilt for the day, bind it some how (I often just role the edges over and sew it down to the front of the quilt) and send it off to a local animal shelter.  OO and it also can help to just do some doodling on paper.  Don't lift your pen/pencil off the paper and try and make one continuous design.  It will help to train your eye to see where to go next

This site has tons of inspiration for patterns to try.
http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365difficultymain.htm  
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2012 05:33:57 PM »

Great tips! That website is very inspiring too  Smiley
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