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!