Marmalade Hexie Mug Rug

This one has been on the WIP pile for aaaaaaages. All I had to do was bind it, but so many other projects were shiny and distracting demanded my attention. You know how it is.

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I made this hexie mug rug as my demonstration piece at when I was a guest at the Brother Australia stand at the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne recently. It has sat unbound and completely ignored in a corner of my sewing area since. A 15 minute job, but one that I procrastinated over for way too long.

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I made the hexies using a mini (2.5″) charm pack of Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille. They are glue basted to the white background fabric – I have glue basted before but for this one I bought and used a Sewline glue pen . BEST THING EVER. I am in love with my glue pen now. (I bought a couple of refills too which was a good idea.) So many people at the Craft & Quilt Fair came to chat to me just because they wanted to know about the glue pen!

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Ideally I would have preferred a red binding but I decided to stick with the theme and I used the only piece of Marmalade I had left in my stash, which was a green, cream and grey pinwheel type print. None of the reds I had were quite the right shade to complement the hexies.

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My favourite thing about this project is the quilting. By quilting through each of the 6 points of the hexagons, the pattern looks so great (and even if a few lines are a bit wonky, it’s very forgiving.) The tutorial that taught me this technique is here on Modern Handcraft – she is a hexie specialist and makes lots of gorgeous quilts in this style.

I don’t tend to keep things on the WIP pile for long so I was glad to check this baby off the list!

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6 thoughts on “Marmalade Hexie Mug Rug

  1. I am so very late to this game, but I’m wondering if you could please tell me the finished dimensions of your mug rug? I’m going to try making one of these, but I’m a wee bit scared.

    1. Hi Lori, so sorry for this terribly late reply. When it comes to mug rugs, I’m an anything goes kinda quilter. A bit smaller than a traditional table place mat but big enough for a coffee mug and maybe a small dish of cookies. I don’t have this one handy so I can’t measure it but from memory it was about 25cm x 18cm. What I did was make my hexies, then I lay them out as I like them on some baking paper, then I cut the size I wanted from the paper and used that as a template to cut my fabric, batting and backing. Hope that helps. Don’t be scared – you’ll make it look awesome! The hexies are the star of the show, just keep the background plain.

  2. Thank you so much for getting back in touch, and for the pointers! I’ve been making hexies so I can get started on it!

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