Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Joy" Mug Rug

Good Morning!
Today, I'm so happy to be a part of Erin's Mug Rug Madness that's been going on for the past week or so. There are some super cute mug rug tutorials to check out and even a giveaway post that you enter to win one of the mug rugs that were made. So, go ahead and enter here and you may just end up winning the "Joy" mug rug that I made!
The Fat Quarter Shop kindly donated a couple of collections of fabric for us to use in our mug rugs and I received some of the Countdown to Christmas fabrics from Sweetwater! It's a gorgeous collection by Moda and is actually the first time I've used a fabric with words printed on it.
Joy Mug Rug
So, here's the little "Joy" mug rug that I came up with and little more about how it was made.
Joy Mug Rug - A
This is a picture of my planning stage. I really liked this black fabric with the words printed all over it and thought it might be a good starting point. The word "joy" was perfect for fussy cutting and the holly leaves in a wreath seemed perfect to accentuate that word. It was looking a bit dark and boring, so I thought the red tree print would make a good border or binding.
Joy Mug Rug - B
First, I cut the background fabric into an 8.5" square. I tried to center the word "joy" as best I could in the middle.
Joy Mug Rug - C
Then, I cut out and arranged the holly leaves. I use a double sided fusible webbing such as "Steam-a-Seam Lite" to help adhere the appliques. The holly leaf shape was from a template that I had in all my scrap-booking stuff, but it's really easy to draw your own shape and make your own template.
Joy Mug Rug - D
Then I ironed on all the shapes and layered my top fabric with a piece of batting and a backing fabric. I even used a little basting spray to hold everything in place.
Joy Mug Rug - E
Here you can see I've started to outline the word "joy" and stitch on each of the holly leaves. I free-motion quilted around each of the shapes twice.
Joy Mug Rug - F
I added some holly berries with one of the extra stitches on my machine. Placing three circles together made a little bunch of berries in between the sets of leaves.
Joy Mug Rug - G
To finish it off, I trimmed it up to 8.5" square and bound it like a quilt with 2 of the red prints I received. It's really just like making a super mini quilt!

Thanks again to The Fat Quarter Shop for donating the fabrics for us to use in our mug rugs. I love looking through their Coming Soon category to check out what fabrics I'm going to fall in love with next. And many thanks to Erin for asking me to be a part of Mug Rug Madness. It was a lot of fun to create a small little quilt like this and I hope you're all inspired to make one of your own!
~Jessica

8 comments:

Pamela Nees said...

This is a very cute little mug rug. Love the holly leaves around the "joy."

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

So cute Jessica!

Kati said...

That turned out so cute! I love the leaves.

Jeni said...

Seriously so cute!

Superior Threads said...

That is just adorable. I love the wreath idea with the leaves and berries. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells......lalalalalala.

Ricci

Carrie P. said...

Too cute.

Laura said...

Love it! Have been thinking about Christmas crafting lately too.

Lyn said...

What a pretty holiday mug rug! I haven't done any raw edge stitching...what happens when you wash it?

P.S. Found your blog because I was admiring your Swoon blocks!