Hey Everyone, welcome back to Mug Rug Monday.
February is over and onto a new month which means a new colour. And I am sure you guessed it – green for St Paddy’s Day.
I’ve never been one to really go out and celebrate that day but I do remember when I lived in San Antonio they would change the water in the canal along the river walk to the colour green that day. The river walk was a great place to stroll and shop. Which reminds me I have ink sketches of the river walk that I never framed – oh boy they have been in a tube for 24 years – that’s not good.
All right back to the task at hand – the mug rug for today. Green it is. With a chevron or two or three. Otherwise known as a zigzag pattern.
I planned out what I wanted to make in EQ7 and picked out my fabrics. Two greens both with circles on them – one light and one dark.
Half Square Triangles
I needed to make a few half square triangles for this piece – 32 to be exact. I decided to use the grid method since they were all going to be the same. I drew the lines on the back of the light fabric.
Then sewed everything and cut apart the pieces on the solid line. Here’s one grid cut and one not.
I squared them up using the square up ruler from Quilt In A Day – which is my favourite ruler for squaring up half square triangles. All done I took them to the iron to press them open and discovered that I had squared them up to the finished size and didn’t leave a seam allowance. Ooops!
What to do?
I could start over and make new half square triangles or I could modify my mug rug design and use the teeny tiny half square triangles. I opted to go with the latter idea as I didn’t want to waste what I had already made and the time it took me to make them.
After laying them out on the table to make sure I had them in the right order and position I sewed them together trimming the dog ears off as I went.
Here they are sewn together. I was disappointed with the two fabrics and how they went together – the light green wasn’t near as light once sewn in with the dark green so I didn’t get as big a contrast as I had wanted in the chevrons.
I originally was making the mug rug to be 8 x 12 inches in size and now the chevron section is 4 ½″ x 8 ½″ – just a teeny bit smaller than planned.
I added 2 inch borders to each long side.
I found the wide borders too heavy for the piece and I trimmed them to one inch. Much better.
At this point I was thinking that if I use a bright or very light thread for the quilting it may help to develop a bit more contrast in the mug rug.
I used a bright green rayon thread to echo the zigzag design sewn with the walking foot. I am very pleased with the results.
To finish off this cute little mug rug or 6 x 8 inches I bound it with the lighter fabric using the traditional method of binding a quilt.
Even though my original design went a bit sideways the results from the modified design have turned out okay. At one point I almost scrapped the whole thing to start over – glad I didn’t.
What does your mug rug look like this week?