I recently joined in the Aussie Winter Mug Rug Swap which I found on instagram. It’s been ages since I participated in a swap but I was ready to stretch some creative muscle and work within someone else’s preferred style. It always makes you look at your project and your stash in a different light.
My partner’s information shared that she loved blues, greens and birds. I had two cute bird prints that worked nicely, but I felt the colours didn’t really invite green to the party so I stuck with blues and the mustard yellow as the only other choice. The bird prints were a perfect size for fussy cutting so I decided to go with a hexie mug rug, similar to this one and this one that I’ve made before.
The trickiest part was deciding on a layout and evenly spacing those mustard yellow birds throughout the project to give it some balance.
Before I stitch the hexies down, I always glue baste them into place. I use a sewline glue pen – it’s such a great tool! I highly recommend getting one – it’s really good for tricky projects like working with small zippers or anything where it’s too awkward to use pins.
To quilt the mug rug, I sew through each corner of the hexagon. It’s very simple and the quilting looks great when it’s done.
Excuse the terrible picture of the final product – I was in a hurry to package it up and send it on it’s way!
It should have arrived by now, or hopefully early this week. I hope my partner likes it!