Monday, March 11, 2013

When 1 = 12 .... Make a Mug Rug

Last year Wendy and Dawn at Sew It's Finished gave us lovely little stitchery blocks to make when we finished a UFO each month.... I was such a good girl and finished at least one UFO a month so I got all the blocks.....


... but I decided not to finish it as 1 quilt... but 12 little ones!!!!  like for mini mug rug quilts!!!

Anyways... I got to thinking that maybe some other people's have little blocks to use up so this is what I did....

.... start with some pretty cute blocks  ....

my blocks were 8 1/2" but a 6 1/2" would be perfect too ... just find a bit of coordinating fabric to put at the side... I used 4" wide (3" for a 6 block) ... no rules... just guidelines....


and sew the bits together...... chain if you are a bit nuts like me and think it is a clever idea to make loads at a time....


and add a bit of trimming .... (of course you can add some lace or something in which case you might like to sew it in at the same time as the edging....) again,  if you are a bit nuts like me and decide to do loads these can be chain stitched too.....


... there we are... looking pretty cute ...


...... select some backing fabric... I had a nice piece of this Joel Dewsbury flowers which I had got off a bargain table.... not enough for 12 of them so there is a bit of my happy green gingham....

you just need enough to fit the mat plus about an inch around the side .....and also whatever wadding you want to use... I had some long thin pieces leftover from the edge when I did a quilt..... 


layer your backing, wadding and mini quilt block....  on a small article like this I don't find the need for pins, or glue... they hold together fine with a good hand press.....


... and practice your free motion quilting..... (or whatever... no rules... just guidelines)


.... trim up.....


... add your binding... I did a single edge... I find it easier to work with that on a small article....

... but do as you like to do best... no rules.... just guidelines....


... and finish off the binding... I chose to machine edge these.... 


.. and there we have it.... 12 little mini mug rug quilts....


This is a UFO done... well 12 done really..... 

Can you guess what is next?  I don't really need 12 mini mug rug quilts..... ... just let me know which is your favourite in your comment if you would like your name to be counted in to win one ... Mr Random will choose 4 ....  the others go in the gift box... except a couple for me ... of course... 

(Please note... I did use these for practicing fmq and single maching binding ... there are of imperfections, going off lines, tension issues)

Righto, Gotto Go.... I'm sure there's another UFO lurking in my cupboard? ... or maybe more?

37 comments:

  1. ooh, these are lovely! I do like the one with the deck chair, and the vase of flowers is cute, the one with the butterfly is lovely and the one with the bumblebee......... oh, I could go on ....... maybe I should just say there is only one that is my least fave :( the one with the Horse (Melb Cup) You have done a wonderful job on these - thanks for being so generous and for the opportunity to win ;-)

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  2. They are so cute. Well done Fiona. ( please don't enter me in o the draw) hugs

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  3. OMG what a fantastic idea... what a great choice of fabrics... what wonderful stitcheries... but most of all what a great big heart you have... I love them all and too many choices to choose... I do love flowers though... xxx

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  4. Oh my I was going to comment and say how lovely they all are! Then I see your doing a give-away! How sweet of you...the colors are adorable & they are all so nice who could pick...the first one that grabbed me was the Momma & her lil-ones as thats my life... being blessed with 8 children, I love children pic's etc...
    Glad for you that you got your work done & how kind to share! Now...on to your next project...smile
    Blessings~
    Lori USA

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  5. Your on a roll now Fiona! Love the deck chair and the heart tree, thanks for sharing, Sue SA.

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  6. boy you sure are channelling your energies now that your visitors have gone home!
    How wonderful they look.
    Standing ovation from me. Of course count me in for the draw, anyone you chose is fine they are all lovely.

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  7. WOW you're on a roll,love then all,such yummy colours....the one with the deck chair has me thinking about a long cool drink and somewhere shady to sit and sew or read a book :) Barb.

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  8. WOW Fiona! You have been busy. I love them all. My two favourites are the flowers in the vase (centre top) and the flowers in the basket (second row centre). They are so bright and cheery! Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Hugs, Christine

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  9. Wow, what a great finish, I Love them all and would love to have any one of them.

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  10. You sure you are just chaining and you haven't employed a chain gang?
    Gorgeous finishes - Love how you make things your own way.
    I'm looking for a spot of shade about now, so I'll go with the umbrella one, though they are all very cute.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. wow these are awesome Fiona my favourite is the mum with her children,very clever way of practising your FMQ Fiona,well done my friend.xx

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  12. Oh Fiona I love them all but my favorite would be the beach scene,of course.
    Your FMQ is lovely and what a great way to practise on small items..

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  13. Gorgeous results and a great way to practice machine quilting.
    A little bird in the design is always a favourite.

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  14. Oh my - these are so sweet! I love the beach chair and umbrella and the tree dripping hearts.

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  15. Applause , applause ! Wow aren't you the clever one , so cute , love these little mug rugs and I were lucky enough to win I would let you choose as I would be happy with anyone of them :-) Hugs Sheila

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  16. Wow you have been very busy. I am dedicating march and april to Ufo's but I know there t=will be a few new projects slipped in hubby needs new bags for his music gear.
    I love the bottom row flower in the middle.

    One day I have mug rugs on my list to do.

    Keep up the great work.

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  17. Gorgeous Fiona. Love them all so i can't choose. If Mr Random chooses me surprise me. :) Hugs,xx

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  18. Hello Fiona,

    They say coffee makes you sew faster, great job on the mug mats. Roses of course if one happens to come my way.

    Happy Monday.
    Bev.xoxo

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  19. Well Done on finishing them all! Im sure your FMQ is improving day by day - it sure is looking good!
    (I will pass on the Giveaway ths time - but thanks).

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  20. Ha ha you make me laugh, you and your 12 at a time production lines *LOL*...the one that made me laugh a bit is the one everyone else probably doesn't like most - the horse one, but that is because I work for owners whose horses play in races like the Melbourne Cup, a couple of weeks ago the local Cup Day saw that nice shiny gold cup come to live in the office...I wouldn't mind the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, that sure would come in handy...I do like the flower ones though...your work is so nice they are all fabulous...great idea to use the stitcheries this way and use the little mats for FMQ practice...

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  21. What lovely mug rugs!!!! Your quilting is gorgeous Fiona!!!!

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  22. Oh Fiona they are all so beautiful, happy and cheery luv em. Maybe because of the heatwave we are having in Melbourne the umbrella and deck chair call to me. I can see myself sitting under it in the shallows at the beach, arrr nice cool sea breeze.

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  23. These are gorgeous Fiona!!! I've only done my first block of these, which was the deckchair, but that's only because I wasn't a part of the SIF blog so I have to wait until they all come out over the next year :) ... What a lovely way to finish them off - The stitcheries in the full quilt look lovely (saw Wendy's over the w/end), but I think they are extra special as little mug rugs!!! Well done!! ... If I was lucky enough to win one, I would probably chose either the pot of gold, or the one below it in the pic :) What a lovely giveaway!!! Hugs!!

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  24. Oh you are a clever girl Fiona....what a great idea. I like the tree.

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  25. Oh, you have been busy. It must have felt good to see all of them laid out like that, well done. If chosen, I'd love to have the one with the pail of flowers, thank you for such a lovely giveaway

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  26. Gosh you are like a production line! I get fed up after a few LOL, I've still got some odd blocks lying around waiting to be made into mug rugs ....Imperfections, going off lines, tension problems...well they would be right at home here next to my stuff!!! Hugs xx

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  27. You are very clever and they look fantastic! I love the flower ones, thank you for another generous giveaway! Hugs Wendy

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  28. Clever chicky! I love the colours you have used and the use of the ric-rac. very cute!
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  29. What a super idea and so lovely, fresh and enchanting, I love them all and would be honoured to give a home to any of them. Thank you for the chance

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  30. Lovely idea Fiona, and sweet little mug rugs! I'm making a couple of mug rugs right now for my first swap ever! I love the flowering tree best of all but they're all so pretty!

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  31. Oh my......what a great idea...they all look fantastic....

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  32. They are so cute Fiona. they are all lovely but the one with the umbrella and deck chair certainly looks very inviting in this hot weather

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  33. Oh these are adorable Fiona! I love the spotty fabric. You are so clever!

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  34. such a lovely idea! I'm intrigued now - single fold binding? Should I know about this? Doesn't if fray?

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  35. Fiona what a clever girl you are!! Great way to use the designs, and make heaps of projects with them, & use up some small left over fabrics at the same time!!
    I love the beach themed one - reminds me of being on the beach in Broome with my nephew & niece x

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  36. This is a really great idea. I love mug rugs(making them & receiving them) Thanks for the chance to win one. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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