Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mug Rug Madness


Erin over at Two More Seconds is hosting her Mug Rug Madness again this week.  She asked me to join up this round.  I was really excited to come up with a project.  The theme this time around is Christmas. The Fat Quarter Shop generously donated some Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater to make my mug rug.

I chose to use the 6-pointed star block from the Summer Sampler Series again with a little variation.  This time I cut my pieces into diamonds rather than triangles.  I cut the center diamonds by folding my fabric and placing my 60 degree triangle ruler on the 2.5" line at the fold.   I then outlined each diamond using 1" strips of various black fabrics from Countdown to Christmas.
 

Piecing this project was exactly the same as piecing my hexagon quilt.  Sew the "Y" seams by stopping 1/4" from the edge and starting a new row of stitching on the adjacent seam.

I first sewed the star together, stopping and backstitching a 1/4" from each outer edge.  

Then I carefully added each white print diamond.  

I placed one layer of batting in the middle and quilted this following the lines of the design.  I used black thread inside each diamond outline.  I used off-white thread for a few rows of echo quilting on the white diamonds.


It's bound in the red dot fabric from the line.  I love this print and actually bought some extra for my red stash. I put together a short tutorial a while back for binding hexagons as the wider angle makes it a bit different from traditional binding.


It's about 9" which makes for quite a large mug rug, but when you're talking about cookies for Santa, you need a large mug rug.

Don't forget to head back over to Two More Seconds to enter the giveaways for this round of Mug Rug Madness!

The Mug Rug Madness was sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop.  They have this Countdown to Christmas line in stock right now!  It's perfect for holiday projects.



24 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I need to get the basic rug mug down first, but I would love to try that someday! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. very cute Kati! I never made any of the summer sampler blocks but I loved them all. Great choice.

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  3. Looks way too complicated, but you make it sound easy! Maybe oneday!!

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  4. it looks great! i want to make a diamond quilt one of these days too. so many quilts to make . . .

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  5. Wow! That is gorgeous...but all I can think is "Christmas already?"

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  6. Looks great Kati! Thanks for the tute, love those Y seams, and agreed on the red dots, those are a must have!

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  7. Great take on the six-pointed star! It's perfect for Christmas.

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  8. that is so cute - love the different shape - also love your quilts and especially whimsy pink and your sisters question about what are you going to do with all these quilts made me laugh - I've just got into quilting in a big way this year and am up to number 8 (tops only at this stage) and lots of people ask me that question !

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  9. Love the way you outlined the star with the black - great use of the fabric!

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  10. I love how BIG this mug rug is! Typically, I think normal little coaster when I hear "mug rug." But, I have some SUPER-sized mugs, and this is the perfect size. Of course, Santa will love it, too. ;)

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  11. That is gorgeous. I have some of sweetwater's fabric and I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for taking time to make a spectacular mug rug for all of us to see and make!

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  12. Great design. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful AND I was so proud of mine! LOL, yours is much prettier! :)

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  14. Wonderful design. Love that it's big enough for Santa. Maybe he could share a cookie or two...

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  15. Wow! This is an adventurous and inspiring design. Thank you.

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  16. yours turned out so cute!!
    mine is a hexagon, too (posted it today) and dang i wish i'd seen your hexagon binding tutorial before i did it because my corners are NOT pretty. haha. oh well.

    great tutorial!:)

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  17. Beautiful mugrug! I'm off to see your tut on the hexagon binding!

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  18. I tried to comment, but I don't think it took, so I'll try again: Thanks so much for this tutorial! My niece wants me to make her a mug rug, so this will be it!

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  19. What a great tutorial! I've been wanting to branch out from 90-degree angles, and this is a great first step :)

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  20. Wow, I am not sure about making this one but I will give it a try.

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