Shades of Green Mug Rug

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Mug Rug Monday.

Still working on the green theme I delved into the scrap bin I keep under my sewing table to pull out all the green fabrics.

Overflowing bin of fabric

The scrap bin

There were more than I thought there would be. My goal is build my own piece of fabric to use in the mug rug design.

Green fabric pulled from the scrap bin

Pile of green fabric

Creating Unique Fabric

After giving them a press I cut the chosen ones up into small pieces with my rotary cutter. Free cutting with no ruler made for some interesting shapes.

Small green pieces of fabric in odd shapes

Small irregular shaped pieces

I pulled out a piece of fusible non-woven interfacing to place the pieces on.

Covering interfacing with the small green pieces of fabric

Placing pieces on interfacing

Once the piece of interfacing was fully covered I fused everything in place.

Green fabric pieces fused to the interfacing

Pieces fused to interfacing

Then I free motion stitched back and forth and all around the edges of the pieces to prevent lifting and fraying.

Free motion stitching in green thread on top of green pieces of fabric

Pieces stitched in place

Here’s a close up of the stitching. This piece of fabric reminds me of a Leprechaun and what his vest or suit would be made out of.

Close up of free motion stitching

Close up of stitching

Building the Mug Rug

Choosing a lighter green fabric to go with the newly engineered fabric I cut each into 2 ½″ x 3 ½″ pieces – 4 from the light and 5 from the other.

Sewing the pieces together has created a nine patch design that is rectangular rather than the usual square design. The piece 9 ¼″ x 6 ½″.

Rectangular nine patch made with green fabrics

Pieces sewn into a nine patch

After sandwiching the layers I did stitch in the ditch along all the seams. This is not my favourite form of quilting but it has worked well for this design.  Since the new fabric is very busy and already has stitching all over it I didn’t think it needed anymore. Sometimes less is more.

Here’s the back of the piece showing the stitch in the ditch quilting.

Quilting lines on back of mug rug

Back showing quilting lines

Now that it is bound it is ready for St Paddy’s day tomorrow – hmmmm – a mug of coffee or a mug of green beer.

Mug rug in shades of green

Shades of Green Mug Rug

Happy Quilting!

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