Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mug Rug Blog Hop: Day 2

This week we're hosting the Mug Rug Blog Hop!
In celebration of fall, a season filled with mugs of apple cider, tea, and even hot cocoa, we have four different bloggers sharing a mug rug design they've created with one of our new fabric lines. 
BYOM (bring your own mug), but we'll provide the mug rug inspiration, as well as fabric giveaways! 

Day 2 features Debby of Debby Kratovil Quilts with the Wings collection for Contempo. Debby works with one of her favorite shapes, the hexagon, to make a sweet mug rug with a fussy-cut bird silhouette. 

Here's Debby:
The colors in this Wings Collection by Jennifer Young really captured my attention. The deep aqua with the browns and taupes are a perfect complement to the sweet birds in the main print. What do you think? I was given 5 fat quarters and then it was up to me to create a mug rug for this blog hop.
Wings Collection by Jennifer Young
I was reminded of a free pattern by Pam Rocco at the Quilter's Newsletter web site for a coffee mug quilt. But, it seemed quite GIANT at a staggering 16". Way too much fabric for a mug rug. I scratched that idea (for these fabrics) and put my thinking cap on.

16" free coffee mug block by Pam Rocco
I was now nervous because I had used a good bit of that gorgeous aqua print. Did I have enough to carry on? Of course! I turned to my trusty pattern, the Twisted Hexagon. I would fussy cut the bird print for the center. That meant I had to make a freezer paper template so I could center the motif before cutting. I did just that.

You can see my technique for cutting a whole hexagon with a standard 60 degree triangle HERE, which was a Technique Tuesday blog post on Sew in Love with Fabric. I was cutting 6-1/2" hexagons using the Head of the Class Collection.

6-1/2" (height) freezer paper hexagon
Then I selected two fabrics for the half-hexagons (cut from 3-1/2" strips). I cut 3 of each fabric. Then it was time to DO THE TWIST!

One whole hexagon and six half-hexagons
You may think that there will be a y-seam in there somewhere. Don't worry - everything is straight-seam sewing. Do you remember how to make a "partial seam" from your garment sewing days? Well, I did and that's exactly how I constructed the first seam. This way I leave room for adding the last patch. Stay with me now.

We are sewing the six half-hexagon patches around the center in a log cabin technique.

First patch with a partial seam
Once the first patch is pressed open, the next patch is easily joined:

Joining the second patch
And all the way around until the last one:

Last half-hexagon joined. Now to finish the first seam!
We twisted our way all around that little birdie!
And how does this look finished? I machine quilted it on my HandiQuilter Sweet 16 and it was done in a flash. I also sewed my binding on by machine - from the back to the front and used a serpentine stitch on my Bernina 1230 (oldie but goodie machine) to secure it. Love this little mug rug! It is 12" high and about 13" wide.

Mug Rug using the Wings Collection by Jennifer Young
Thanks Debby! 

To be entered for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Wings, visit Debby's Blog and leave her a note about this collection or the Twisted Hexagon block (or technique). Contest ends Saturday, October 22nd at 11:59 pm EST. 

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials in our Mug Rug Blog Hop!
Tuesday: Chris from made by ChrissieD featuring Sewing Room
Wednesday: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring Wings
Friday: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts featuring Kitchen Love

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  1. Beautiful the fabrics and fussy cutting!!! Thanks for sharing :o)

  2. It turned out beautiful. Thank you for sharing the technique! janie(dot)mccombs(at)

  3. Lovely, and the fabric beautiful! Thank you for the no Y seams!

  4. This is those fabrics!

  5. So pretty! I seem to make a lot of partial seam blocks. I seem to be drawn to them.

  6. So pretty. I just made a few potholders using a similar pattern. Goes fast.

  7. Love the fabric. Am very impressed with the twisted hexi.....need to try that.

  8. So pretty, and not nearly as difficult as it looks!

  9. love the looks of both the fabric and the hexi

  10. Gorgeous fabric and block. Gotta love a hexie.

  11. Gorgeous fabric and block. Gotta love a hexie.

  12. Beautiful fabric and block.I love hexies!

  13. I get tickled when something that looks complicated is really very simple. Twist away!

  14. Loved this twisted hexie! Need to try it now.

  15. I really like this. Would be a great hot pad too.

  16. Love the fabric and the mug rug.....would love to make one.

  17. Love the mugrug and the fabric Will have to make one or more.

  18. Great mug rug design and fabric. Good colors with life but not too much energy for the morning cuppa.

  19. Beautiful block. The fabric design is beautiful too. I was actually looking for a coffee mug pattern. Can you give me the direct link to that free one you didn't use as I can't find it. Thanks

  20. I'll be making these for Ghristmas gifts. Thank you! Those bird fabrics are beautiful. I hope to find them soon.

    1. Ugh! CHRISTMAS gifts... Silly smart phone!

    2. Ugh! CHRISTMAS gifts... Silly smart phone!

  21. Love that bird fussy cut...and even if the 16" Mug mat was too big, I use those in the summer for the kids lunch..they can have their sandwich, chips and drink out on the grass...they never seem to want to sit on a blanket.....

  22. I'll be making these for Ghristmas gifts. Thank you! Those bird fabrics are beautiful. I hope to find them soon.

  23. That's a great gift item, and won't even take very long! Thanks!