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« on: October 27, 2014 07:34:03 AM »

I recently completed this mug rug for roler in the Mug Rug Swap round 6. This was my first ever piece of quilting (and applique, for that matter)! I've always been interested in quilting but didn't want to have to make an entire blanket just to try it out, so discovering mug rugs was the perfect solution. I definitely see myself making a lot more of these!





I attached all my cut-out fabric pieces with fusible web and appliqued around the edges, then I went back and added hand-embroidered details, especially on the leaves as I didn't sew around those edges with my machine and I wanted to add some extra security. (Pro tip: If you haven't already figured this out for yourself, embroidering through several layers of fabric with fusible web in between is a total pain. x_x) The quilting is just sort of free-form where I could find space for it in the background. The binding is attached by machine to the front side but I hand-stitched the back as I'm not super confident in sewing perfectly straight lines and I didn't want it to end up looking messy.

All-in-all, I'm super pleased with my first attempt at quilting! I was really unsure about how the applique would turn out; I was kind of afraid that it would look bad just by nature of it being my first time trying, but I really surprised myself once all was said and done. And there's just something so satisfying about sewing through batting and getting those nice plush lines, mmmmm. I'll definitely be back!
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2014 07:45:20 AM »

Wow, this is really well done! The fabrics you chose all work together very nicely, and it's really pretty! Nice job for a first quilting piece; I bet my first mug rug won't be nearly this cool. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2014 11:17:54 AM »

Wow, this is beautiful!
The fabrics you choose go very well together.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2014 04:05:26 PM »

Great job all around, you should be super pleased with yourself!  With your pictorial eye and attention to detail I highly recommend you be on the lookout for the next Small Art Quilt swap...and I have a feeling we should all be on the lookout for you in the quilting gallery....
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2014 09:45:54 AM »

Thanks everyone! And that means a lot, waterbaby. I definitely want to be in the next Art Quilt swap. I don't get a lot of inspiration to create quilts for myself but something about swapping them is very satisfying! I think it's because having a list of ideas from someone else pushes me to come up with a solid concept to work and keeps me out of falling into a creative rut. ^^
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014 12:07:36 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014 04:44:49 PM »

Waaa, thank you! This has always been a dream of mine :')
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2014 04:22:25 PM »

so beautiful, great job
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2014 06:26:48 AM »

Nicely done!  Using hand sewing and machine sewing really made this rug mug special.  Can't wait to see more of your quilting projects!

Congrats!
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2014 04:03:31 PM »

OMG, I *need* that mug rug!  *grabby hands*  I love that film!  Smiley
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