Friday, February 4, 2011

A mug rug pattern for you

I am working really hard on my soon to be unveiled quilt design, complete with an actual pattern/tutorial. I have completed about 25 percent of the blocks for the top and they go very quickly and easily. Let me give you a little hint – I am dreaming about summer! Since we had a little more icy precipitation today here in Georgia, and I am ready for summer. I need sunshine!

Anyway, I didn’t want you to get bored while you were waiting so I decided to share a mug rug pattern that I created. Here is what it will look like:
When you print the pattern, be sure that you have your printer set to landscape. Also, be sure that your page scaling is set to none. This is a fairly simple paper-pieced pattern that you can probably whip up in an hour if you are a paper piecer. If you are new to paper piecing this is an excellent pattern on which to practice.

Because I love the angles so much in this pattern, I would probably just stitch-in-the-ditch. Speaking of stitch-in-the-ditch - did you know that many machines come with a foot designed for stitch-in-the-ditch? It is also called a blind hem foot, but we are quilters and don't do any hemming - if we can help it! It looks like this:


 It has a vertical metal piece that runs through the middle down to the fabric like this:

The way you use it is to guide the little vertical metal piece along your seam line (or in the ditch) and voila! Stitch-in-the-ditch simplified! No tugging on your fabric necessary, because that little curved piece right in the middle of where your needle goes through pushes the fabric over for you.It almost looks like a piece of wire running through the middle in this picture:



Well, I am going back to my summer dreamin’ for now. Please let me know if you make this mug rug – I would love to see it!

Michele

P.S. This is the first time I have ever shared any files and I am using google docs - I really hope it works, but bear with me if it doesn't, I will get it to you somehow!

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