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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mug Rug Swap

One of the perks of being in a quilt guild such as the Lakeland Modern Quilt Guild are the cool projects.  We recently mailed off our mug rugs all the way to Canada!  I can't wait to hear from them. 

What did I make, you ask?  A caffeine mug rug!  Inspired by the cover of Quilt Lab, I decided to put my own spin on it.  Why a caffeine molecule?  For those of you that don't know me, I hold a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida.  Do I use it?  Nah.  I'm a lawyer, after all.  I'm just fascinated by all things science-related.

Anyhow, Ms. Winston does a pieced molecule, but I'm far more comfortable with applique at this point, so I tried out a brand new (to me) applique method that I learned here.  Angela uses a fusible interfacing, but I opted to use Pellon Wonder Web for mine.  That means I had to be super careful when turning the shapes, because it is super delicate, but I like that it adds minimal weight to the design. 

I appliqued the "body" using the new turned method, and appliqued the "dots" with paper-backed fusible web the traditional way.  I blanket stitched the circles by hand with embroidery thread.  I also embroidered a running stitch by hand around the "body" of the molecule.  While it isn't necessary to secure the pieces, I thought it added a nice touch. 

I didn't want to bother with binding (coupled with the fact that I appliqued too close to the edge!), so I turned the mug rug and topstitched around the edge in a contrasting pink.  I hand quilted around the shape with perle cotton.  

Sorry about the picture quality!  It looked much better on the camera screen, I promise!
I used linen as the background, which gave it a more modern feel in my opinion.  I embroidered a little label on the background to add even more of a handmade touch.  

It's far from perfect, but not too bad for my very first attempt at a mug rug.  I really had a good time making it and cannot wait to see what our Canadian counterparts have in store for us!

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  1. Thank you for the mug rug! I received it at our January meeting. When I got home and showed it to my husband, he claimed it.

    1. I'm so thrilled to hear from you! I literally laughed out loud about your husband claiming it. I'm truly excited to see what you and your fellow guild members have in store for us, too!

    2. Jean, you are very lucky that you even received this.... I was very tempted to take it out of the package and keep it for myself, haha! ;-) --- Leandra


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