Today is my day on the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop. I had several ideas on just exactly how to make my mug rug. I finally decided that I wanted to combine my two favorite crafts...quilting and counted cross stitch. First I charted my designs on graft paper. I have a favorite alphabet that I wish I could say is completely my design, but instead I found it in an old issue of "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts". I'm not sure what issue(if you really want to know email me and I will try to find it). Here is my roughed out charts, as you will see I made changes as I went along.
I chose two fabrics for each design and selected floss to match. I stitched the designs and cut around the designs, leaving one half inch beyond the stitching.
Then I assembled them into my mug rug tops.
I had originally planned to make one two sided mug rug, but I decided I wanted to be able to see them at the same time so I made two. I layered the rugs, batting at the bottom, then the backing right side up and finally the pieced top right side down. I pinned around the entire unit using my even-feed or walking foot, leaving the space between the arrows unsewn so that I could turn the whole thing right sides out.
Then I trimmed the edges even with the top and cut some of the corner off diagonally about one eighth of an inch from the stitching. I carefully turned the entire piece and hand stitched the openings closed. Then I quilted the two mug rugs and finally they are finished.
I hope you like them!
If you would like to see more of today's mug rugs, I have included a list of today's participants. Many thanks to Erin and Madame Samm!