Whatever you call it, mug rug fever has taken over Flickr. A whole bunch (I'm talking 185 members!) of the doll quilt swappers jumped on the bandwagon and production is taking place at a furious pace for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap! I think about 10 new ones were posted onto the photo pool yesterday alone and we only received our partner info on Saturday.
So, without delay, I give you my first ever mug rug:
My partner is a secret, but in her sign up email she kindly gave me tons of great info to go on. When I was reading her fabric 'likes', I was imagining my stash and thinking "got it, got it, got it, need it, got it, want it, got it." Creating a mug rug for her was fun and easy....I think our Swap Mama (she's the volunteer who partners everyone up behind the scenes) did a wonderful job in choosing this partner for me.
Here are the details.
First I fused a medium weight stabilizer to the back of the pewter Moda Crossweave background piece. Then the pear fabrics were appliqued on using Lite Steam-a-Seam II (which I love) and I sandwiched the works with a cotton batting and backing, basting all 3 layers with 505 spray adhesive. I quilted the raw edges of the applique pieces with my regular sewing foot and Pfaff IDT (built-in walking foot) engaged. So, not free-motion stitched. I find with gentle curves like this I can easily manoevre around and get a neater stitched line this way.
For the embroidery, I drew a line with a Clover wax pen and followed it with a chain stitch in 3 strands of DMC floss just through the top and batting layers. Then with a contrasting colour, I quilted a running stitch through all of the chain links (so this stitch does go through to the back). Applied binding and there you have it. Mug Rug #1 (of many, I'm sure!).
Check out the Flickr pool, you won't believe how creative people can get in a 5" x 8" rectangle.