Sparkling Snowflake Mug Rug

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Mug Rug Monday.

Monday sure comes around quickly when one is having fun. It’s mug rug day again – yahoo!

Last week we had a lot of swirling snow, falling snow and blowing snow making everything white. Every once in a while the sun would come out and make all of that white sparkle just a little bit. I love it when the snow is all a sparkle and looks like it is dancing.

As you have probably guessed by now my mug rug theme is going to have to do with snow this week. I guess for the month of January it will be about winter.

I didn’t want to create in just white so I chose two fabrics in grey with a bit of white and a third one that is white with silver glitter type stuff on it – the glitter does come off as I seem to now have it all over my cutting mat.

two grey fabrics and one white fabric

The fabrics

Using 10″ x 20″ grey pieces placed together with the right sides up I cut curves. I know I did curves last week – maybe the theme for this month should be curves rather than winter.


Then I arranged the pieces and sewed everything together and ended up with 2 long narrow pieces.

pieced fabrics with curves

Curved pieces sewn together

I placed these on top of each other and cut them up again with curves. One of the students I had at CreativFest did this in my mini art quilt class and I really liked the effect so I am giving it a try.

Small curved pieces

Curved strip sets cut up again

To keep my pieces in order I chain sewed them and took them to the ironing board still in the chain so I would know what order they went in.

Pieces attached together in a chain

Pieces in a chain

Once pieced together this is what I had – a checkerboard of curved pieces. Looks pretty cool. Kind of like making my own piece of fabric.

Curved piecing creates an interesting checkerboard

Checkerboard with curved piecing

I created the top of the mug rug with a piece of the white & silver fabric flanked by two pieces of the newly made fabric cut at 3″.

Sandwiching the layers together I did some bobbin play as the quilting. Just some gently rolling lines using the walking foot and 12 wt Razzle Dazzle thread from Superior. I love the look of this thread. I used it on my Reflected Beauty quilt that I made a couple of years ago.

Quilting complete on white and grey piece

Bobbin play acts as quilting

After tracing a snowflake onto fusible and then fusing it to the back of the checkerboard fabric I was ready to fuse it to the white background.

Grey snowflake on white background

Snowflake fused to background

A fairly tight zigzag stitch with a grey rayon thread from Sulky completed the top.

Binding done here’s my wintery/snowy/curvy mug rug. It is approximately 7 ½″ x 11 ½″.

Sparkling Snowflake Mug Rug

Completed mug rug

The only thing I would do differently is that I would use white batting instead of natural/cream coloured as it discoloured the white background by showing through. I didn’t even think of that when I cut my piece of batting. Oh well, next time.

Happy Quilting!

Jen Transparent Signature

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