Sunday, 10 January 2021

HOPE Mug Rug

The start of another New Year and the challenges continue for all of us.  So, I am making ‘HOPE’ my word of 2021.

To remind me to keep hopeful I have used my very versatile Mug Rug Alphabet pattern to create a quilter's reminder that will sit on my worktable throughout the year.

The Patchsmith's Alphabet Mug Rug Pattern
My HOPE mug rug reminds me of a ditty I often recite when I am in danger of losing hope:

“Two men looked out from prison bars, 
 One saw the mud the other saw the stars.”



Monday, 7 December 2020

Happy Hanukkah Mug Rug

Hanukkah starts this Thursday, 10th December 2020 and I have the perfect mug rug for this special occasion – my Celebration Candles mug rug.

I like this night-time version, which makes the light from the candles seem even brighter:

But the menorah candles shine all day too:

And if you are looking to undertake a project during this period of reflection and gratitude then you could always hand-stitch your own version ready for 2021:

Happy Hanukkah to everybody across the world.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Late Summer Mug Rug

Quilt-As-You-Go 'Late Summer' Mug Rug

It is officially the first day of Autumn today so I pulled out my Halloween and Thanksgiving mug rug pattern book with a view to making something season.

Halloween and Thanksgiving Mug Rug Pattern Book
(also available in paperback via Amazon)

But then the sun came out and the sky turned bright blue and it seemed too early to contemplate autumnal themes.  Thankfully, every one of my mug rug pattern books comes with a pattern that can be used all year round.  In my Halloween and Thanksgiving book it is the ‘Quilt-as-You-Go’ pattern.

Halloween Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) Mug Rug

This pattern is designed to use up spare charm squares (5” fabric squares) so I pulled a selection of some of my favourite summer fabrics.

Summery Charms Squares and Scraps 

I lay them out to decide which seven fabrics worked well together before cutting the pieces.

Cut and ready for stitching

Then it was a simple case of laying them onto batting and backing and stitching them together as detailed in the pattern.

Stitch the scraps together onto batting

And hey presto - in just over an hour I have a mug rug that spans two seasons – the Late Summer mug rug.

 Late Summer Mug Rug

Until next time.