My advice is JOIN IN. You will make friends and have fun. And I am only an email away for any queries you may have.
I've also put together some hints and tips to help you on your way ................
1. If you are new to mug rugs, use a single piece for the mug rug background whenever possible.
2. Measure twice and cut once. Good advice for all DIY projects – not just sewing.
|Billy Goat Mug Rug|
|Heart Banner Mug Rug|
4. Lay your fabric choices out and then go away. or at the very least, turn away. When you return to your fabrics you will be able to see whether the pieces blend, contrast and work together.
|Spring Basket Mug Rug from 'Special Days' Booklet|
|Butterfly Coaster from Butterfly Patch Mug Rug|
6. You may find it easier to hand appliqué your first mug rug or mini quilt unless you are really confident with your sewing machine. You will find you have more control over the placement of hand stitching and, if you make a mistake, it will be easier to undo.
|Growing Flowers Mug Rug (with dark binding)|
8. Less is more. Start with three or four fabrics or colours. If you limit the fabric and colour choices your finished mug rug will appear more cohesive.
|Jigsaw Mug Rug (Two Tone)|
|Ice Cream Sundae Mug Rug|
10. As you become more familiar with the techniques and process you can play with fabric and patterns.
|Alphabet and Mug Rug Alphabet|
11. Share your achievements whether through a photo on Flickr, Pinterest or Facebook or through a mug rug swap. Be proud of your work – from your very first stitch to the latest technique you are trying to master.
|Spring Lambs Mug Rug|
|My first mug rug swap (warts and all!!)|
And remember – there is always somebody to ask via Facebook or email or via a comment on a blog. Quilters are some of the most helpful and friendliest people I know. Send a question out into hyperspace and you will get answers. And there is no better place to start that in the Mug Rug Basics tab above.
Sew until next time ................