10 hours ago
Friday, September 30, 2011
New mug rug
Sorry about the crappy picture. I took it with my phone because I was too lazy to get my camera out. I've been admiring a bunch of mug rugs on Flickr and felt to urge to whip one up today. This 6" x 9" mug rug was made of a bunch of "firsts" for me: first applique, first dresden plate, first echo quilting, first single fold binding. Since I've never done a dresden plate before, I didn't have a template so I just made my own. It was a rather large size but it was okay. I think I made it 1 1/2" at the bottom x 3" at the top x 5" tall. Now I know that most dresden templates are usually much narrower but I don't think I did so bad on my first try. I really wanted to try my hand at echo quilting and had read about using a single fold binding because it is less bulky on such a small project. I will definitely do the echo quilting again but I felt that this type of binding was more fiddly than a double fold binding and wasn't any easier to do. In fact, I felt it was a bit harder and I wasn't happy with the corners on the back. Oh yeah, I tried a new end joining technique on the binding which worked well. I'll have to try it again! I should have put a little pocket on the mug rug for either a spoon or a tea bag. Next time! I love using up scraps this way. I used hardly anything at all.
Not sure if I'll keep this one or save it for a gift or swap. I really am proud of it even though it's not very much of anything...except a bunch of firsts. Dang it! I'll probably keep it now!