Without further ado, here is this week's free mug rug pattern. This week's mug rug pattern is based on a very traditional quilt square called Rail Fence. Here is the mug rug:
Since it is really easy for traditional piecing, I thought I would just give the "loose" instructions on making it.....
I have chosen two colors in my sample. We will refer to the blue as color A and the red as color B. You will need two 1 1/2" wide strips of Color A and one 1 1/2" wide strip of Color B. Strips should be approximately 25 inches long for wiggle room.....
- Sew one strip of Color A and one strip of Color B together.
- Press seam toward Color B.
- Next, sew another strip of Color A to the other side of Color B.
- Press seam toward Color A this time - so that both seams are pressed in the same direction.
- You should now have a 3-strip unit that measures 3 1/2" by 25 inches (or however long your strips were)
- Cut this 3-strip unit into 3 1/2" length pieces, to make 3 1/2" squares.
- Arrange the blocks and join according to the sample image above.
- To quilt, I recommend stitch in the ditch (great tip here) for this one.
- Bind according to your favorite (or not so favorite) method. ;-)
Here is a quilt I made a few years ago where I used a rail fence for my setting squares......
The rail fence blocks are stitched in the ditch. I did a quilt as you go method, that I made up as I went.....I actually pieced and quilted each row as a unit, and then I attached the rows together. The gorgeous embroidery patterns are ones that I got free off the internet 7 or 8 years ago, so I couldn't tell you where they were from....I have seen them out there recently, so maybe somebody else will comment and remind me from whence they came?
Here are some close-ups of some of the embroidered blocks:
The "shell" quilting around the outside of the embroidery blocks was done free motion, and is really a simple free motion pattern. I used regular old masking tape to mark my channel quilting surrounding the embroidery. Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.. ;-)
This quilt was made for my daughter Sabra - I guess that means I have now come full circle in this post haven't I? LOL Have a blessed week and I will see you next week!
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