This is yet another mug rug I finished in January but had to wait until this month to share.
This mug rug is a combination of 2 separate designs that I liked decided to use in one piece. The stitchery is a block from ‘Sew and Sew’ by Lyn Briggs in Country Threads Vol 15 No 7. It’s the perfect size for a mug rug. I was drawn to it instantly. I traced it onto some calico from my stash and the did all the embroidery in backstitch except for the running stitch around the inner heart.
When I got Mug Rugs by Christina Rolf I came across the sewing machine design. The pattern was larger and had I ♥ sewing in the design so I just modified it to fit the mug rug. This is really the first time I’ve done needle turn applique so I was pretty pleased with my attempt. Both fabrics used was leftover scraps previous projects.
The backing fabric is scrap I found in my scrap stash that I cut and pieced to fit. The binding was another strip I found in my scrap stash. I only did simple quilting lines as at this stage I didn’t know how quilt something like this. It measure 6″ x 10″
I can’t believe I have been working on this blanket for 4 weeks now. I’ve made slow progress on it this week as haven’t worked on it as much as I have in previous weeks. On one row it just didn’t look right so I unpicked it and re did it. I couldn’t find an actual mistake so I have no idea why it was looking slightly off. I’m remembering to sew in my ends regularly which is making the task less painful (sewing in the ends is my least favourite task) It’s starting to look like an actual blanket now as its growing. I’m really happy with it and I’m determined to finish it.
I finished this back in January but I had to wait until it was given as a gift so I could share it.
This stitchery design I used was a block from ‘Sew and Sew’ by Lyn Briggs in Country Threads Vol 15 No 7. I didn’t use the full design of the stitchery only selecting parts of it. In my scrap stash I found the purple rectangles and pieced them to fit the size of the stitchery.
On the back I found my strips from my stash and pieced them to fit. The binding is yet another scrap strip. The quilting on this was my first attempt at ditch quilting. For a first attempt I was really pleased with it. It’s not a fancy quilted mug rug but I got to try something new, really practice my quilting and make a practical gift at the same time.
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to do Deborah Louie’s “Lets Quilt” Beginners Class. Deborah Louie is a domestic quilter who has won many awards. I’ve seen dvds she has done for Quilter Companion magazine explaining different techniques so I was very excited to do her Beginners quilting class.
In the class Deborah discussed the importance of preparing the quilt layers and taught us how to pin and baste the layers. She showed us various forms of batting and the benefits of each one. She also discussed the different thread and needle types and when to use them.
Each person in the class brought alone their sewing machine and we did practical quilting activities. I was happy with my ditch quilting (it was almost invisible) I enjoyed playing around with the decorative stitches to do ditch stitching with them.
We learnt how to do cross hatching. Once it was explained it actually seemed very easily. It reminded me of sashiko as you do all your stitching in one direction and it doesn’t look like much then you come along in another direction and finish it off and suddenly your pattern appears.
Probably the most excited thing I learnt from the class was the lift and drag technique. Why was I so excited? Because I didn’t know how to do the quilting on something like a mug rug when it has a stitchery design in the centre but I want to do quilting around it. Now I can do the lines around it but skip over the design.
The class was great. I took so many notes plus Deborah supplies you with notes on everything she talks about. It was great to learn all the fundamentals of machine quilting. The class was only small so you go to ask lots of questions and discuss topics in detail. Many of us as we were leaving signed up to do Deborah’s Free Motion Quilting class in May. I can’t wait.
This week I got in and stitched in all the ends from the first couple of weeks of the blanket. I think I might do it every few rows or so. I have a container all set up with my needle in it so I can grab it and stitch. No missed stitches this week but I did learn there is such thing as too much crochet. I was sick one day and the only craft I could manage was this blanket so for hours I sat on the couch watched dvds and did treble after treble. I was sick of it in the end. I was able to find some needlework to go with instead cause I just couldn’t look at the blanket anymore. I didn’t touch it for a couple of days but now I’m back with it.
I’m involved in a Dr Who swap on Instagram and decided to knit this TARDIS dishcloth as part of the items I’ll be sending off.
I came across a great little website Holynarfcrafts. On the website there are a lot of Dr Who and other character dishcloths including this TARDIS pattern. As I’ve shown here in the past I love making pictorial dishcloths. This has been the easiest so far cause basically your forming parallel lines through the rows so your knitting the same stitch combination over and over. If you read the pattern you will understand better what I mean. In most pictorial dishcloths in each row (except usually the first and last 4 stitches) your counting a different amount of knit and purl stitches each time. This time it was pretty much just 3 row combinations repeated. I hope my swap partner likes their dishcloth.
I came across a great little tip in the Women’s Weekly Handy Home Tips special issue magazine to keep yarn protected during a project.
Snip a corner off a zip lock bag, place your yarn in the bag and thread it through the snipped corner. So simple right? I thought I’d road test the tip on my latest project.
It worked really well. As I was knitting it got me thinking at how useful this tip would be. If you knitted at home, you already had a stable place you place your yarn (bucket, bag, yarn bowl) and you didn’t have any little helpers (pets, small children) who liked to help you knit / crochet then you wouldn’t really use this tip. If however, you had helpers or you took your projects out on the go with you (I often knit at the pub) then this would be a great way to protect the yarn and stop items getting caught in the ball in your bag.