"Allium" mug rug by Poppyprint
After cutting all of the strips of my Hunky Dory jellyroll for the Fat Quarterly Quilt-a-long, I had about an inch and a half of each strip left over. While piecing my blocks all day on Saturday at retreat, I feel deeply in love with this fabric line! I could not bear to part with those precious scraps (this is a fairly new phenomenon for me...saving small scraps, that is).
I laid out all the scraps on a piece of Steam-a-Seam Lite, put my teflon pressing sheet over top and hit it with a hot iron for a few seconds just to stick the fabric to the SASL. Then I free cut the petal shapes with my rotary cutter, peeled off the backing paper and arranged the scraps on that gorgeous piece of Essex linen/cotton blend (lime). I didn't design anything in advance, this was completely a by-the-seat-of-my-comfortable-track-pants production.
After sandwiching with a bamboo/cotton blend batting scrap and quilting cotton on the back, I free motion quilted on each petal, then around each petal with a variegated green thread. I just have to say that I am SO HAPPY with the FM-quilting results! I had been having such difficulty with it on my 'new' Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, but now that I'm using Inspiron needles it seems like the universe has aligned and I can quilt without breaking thread every 10 stitches. And the tension on the top and back are perfect!!! yippee!
And just 'cos I like to, I added some seed stitches in a variegated green pearl cotton #8 and backstitch and french knots in the flower centres with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss. This little quilt measures 7" x 10" and may never see the bottom of a mug...but it was so fun to make.
Just in case you are wondering, the Essex linen/cotton blend is available in several colours from Jackie here...and at a very reasonable price, I might add!