Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop

Welcome! So happy you could stop by to visit on this beautiful spring day.
Erin Davis and Madamme Samm have done a fabulous job of scheduling and coordinating this event... 
To them I send ~
 A Grand Thank You!

My mug rug is a bit on the large size and does not have a thing to do with rain, showers or April. In fact, I should have saved it for next month's bird blog hop.
But it is the one and only mug rug I've ever made,
and I just love it.
 (Oddly enough, so does my DH)

It all started with this litte table located in our cozy reading corner of the kitchen.

It's functional because it holds magazines and has a lamp. 
However, the top is not real wood! Tacky! 
And, our kitchen is pretty nice... We love its open style and views. 
Enjoying coffee there in the morning is quite nice.
I wanted a nicer looking table.

That little table was just screaming... MUG RUG!

We have a bird feeder just outside the window that birds often visit, especially a cocky little Carolina Wren.
So I began a search for a pattern that would include
a cute wren with attitude. 
I found it... Sandra Leichner has a wonderful pattern.
I also wanted to use fabric from the panels over our windows.
 The panels are there to add the touch of color instead of window treatments.
We love our view and don't want to block it.

Here is my final result of Sandra's darling pattern..   
The back ot the Mug Rug.

The front....

I fused the wren parts and the flowers
on to the cream background.
I then covered it all with a gray netting/tulle, which is pretty much invisible. The tulle secures all the edges and  allows the free-motion quilting to really protect the edges.
Once I had it all secured, I used thread sketching via free-motion to make all the branches and stitch around the flowers.
I then added the borders and binding. I always sew the binding on the back first and then turn it to the front to secure with whatever decorative stitch I want....
 in this case I used a blanket stitch and gold metallic thread.

The overall look...

What a happy little table!  Ironically we still use coasters
so that we won't stain the mug rug! (LOL)

Now, keep hopping to all of the other presenters;
thank you so very much for stopping by!
Mary @ Crooked Gulley Art Quilts    (That would be me)

Keep Stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary

A Birthday Present from my Sweet, Talented Sister

My sister, Georgia Enid, is so, so talented. 
Just look at this beautiful, spring table runner she made for me!
A special birthday present for moi.

This is a super easy pattern. No quilting or batting involved. 
Just straight stitch sewing. 
A very good project for the beginning seamstress, or a quick project for the expert.

Directions For the Quick Six-Seam Table Runner

Fabric for 14" X 41" 
1/2 yard for runner back and borders
1/4 yard of second fabric for center accent


Straighten cut edges and remove selvedges from both fabrics

Lay fabric right sides together, matching the long cut edges of the crosswise grain.

Using a 1/4" seam, sew each long side together, creating a tube. The 1/2 yard will be wider than the 1/4 yard, and this creates the border along the center accent.

Press the two seams open then turn the tube inside out.

Center the accent fabric so that borders are about 2" wide and even on both sides. Press, creating crisp border edges.

Trim tube ends so they are straight and fabrics are even lengths.

With center accent fabric on the outside, fold the tube in half length wise and stitch across each short end using a 1/4" seam.

Trim corner at fold, press seam open then turn, pushing the trimmed corner into the fold. Work the fold corner until you have a sharp point. Seam should be centered on center of accent fabric and pressed down to form pointed end that matches the borders. Again, press to form crisp edges.

Stitch across the turned edge that forms the point base.

Press and Voila, you're done!!

I'm making 8 of these for my Wacky Women friends!
Talk about easy, sassy, classy gifts ~ I love this pattern.

I'm off to work in the garden, enjoy the sun, listen to the birds... life is good!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary