Friday, July 15, 2022

An Ameroonie Designs' Mug Rug / Beauties Pageant 181


My happy place is throw-size quilts. Why? Throw-size quilts are practical! Throw-size require less time to complete than bed-size quilts! You cannot have enough throw-size quilts in your house!

Every so often, however, I’ll take on a small project and think, Hey, that didn’t take long at all—maybe smaller projects are where it’s at. 

Consider the mug rug I made this week. Based on a pattern from Ameroonie Designs, it was a small and satisfying sew. In fact, I have a second, almost identical, one that’s in the home stretch of completion.

The challenges I encountered making this mug rug and its twin were minor. First, I had a hard time cutting the tiny pieces as cleanly as I would have liked. The issue may have been related to the scissors I used for that task moreso than my technique, though. Then there was the problem of keeping tabs on all of those little pieces. When I couldn’t locate one, I was never sure whether it was hiding somewhere on my sewing table or whether a certain naughty puppy ate it. (This dilemma pertains to many missing-in-action items in my life.) It was only after binding the mug rug that I remembered Yvonne’s recent Instagram post about making a quick and easy portable design board, which would have kept everything together.

I rarely incorporate any applique into my projects, quilts or otherwise, so the raw-edge applique strawberries were a fun departure from my usual piecing. I recommend this pattern—which also includes watermelons, lemons, and cherries—and instructions on different quilt-as-you-go options.

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  1. Cute fabrics!!! And I love the little heart accents on each strawberry!!! Interesting that you posted this today, as I just posted another Bring the Love duo today and Quilter Bonnie just posted another pin cushion set!!! Too much fun!!!

  2. Strawberries! Yum! I just finished my Strawberry quilt and linked it! Nothing like strawberries in summer! I'll be checking out your links. Thanks!

  3. Those little strawberries are so cute! I love little projects because it's so refreshing to finish something so quickly :)

  4. I love the strawberries! Little projects can be really satisfying. They're also a great way to try new things.

  5. Now I am hungry for a big bowl of strawberries ;) Yours look very biteable with that cute little heart. xo

  6. This is so cute!! And your raw appliques are very neat.

  7. Darling little mug rug! I need to mix in some smaller projects, too. I mainly do enormous bed quilts that never get finished. Love those strawberry appliqu├ęs!

  8. Hi Michelle, that is a really cute mug rug. I have the same issues with loosing small pieces - sometimes I'll find them days or weeks later, but at least they were small and easy to make again. I don't have a dog to blame, just a very messy studio which goes from clean to messy in no time at all. Of course, we won't mention little bits of paper that are floating around everywhere :-) Hope you had a good week.


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