Hey Everyone, welcome back to Mug Rug Monday.
A new month means a new theme. No more winter but rather bright, cheery pinks and reds for February. After all it is the month of Valentine’s Day.
I have a large heart pattern called Be Mine and I thought I would make a small version of this quilt as a mug rug for this week.
I had wanted to use the same fabrics as I did for Be Mine which was created with the Stonehenge Sweetheart line from Northcott but I couldn’t find my leftovers. They must be in one of my many scrap bins.
I pulled these three fabrics from my stash to use instead.
Sewing the Heart
I am going to be making some teeny tiny half square triangles for this project. Did I mention I don’t really like working small? I think I did yesterday for Stitch Along Sunday. So do I make the half square triangles the traditional way or use the Thangles I have left over from another project?
I decided to go with the traditional method of making the HSTs as they weren’t as tiny as I thought they would be – 1 ½″ unfinished.
Sewing the light and dark pink strips together I was able to cut the two squares together making it easier for piecing.
Here are the pieces laid out to create the heart.
Here they are all sewn together.
Adding a Border
I thought that a white border would work and make the heart look like it was floating but I wasn’t thrilled with this once I had the strips sewn in place on either side of the heart.
Then I thought I would keep some of the white border so trimmed the existing ones and add the two pinks – one on each side. Didn’t like it either.
After doing some reverse sewing I added a dark pink strip to the other side and was happy with the results.
I basted the three layers together with pins and chose a variegated pink rayon thread from Sulky to quilt the piece with.
I did an all over free motion design of hearts and stippling.
Here’s a close up of the quilting motif.
I went with the white fabric for the binding and am very pleased with the final results.
See you next week for another pink, red or heart themed mug rug.