I’m waiting impatiently for my new cutting equipment, which UPS seem to have lost. While I’m waiting, I thought I’d have a go at a small project and I’d seen just the thing on Oh Sew Tempting. I think I liked the name as much as the project. Mug Rug sounds so much better than coaster, don’t you think?
I’ve got some cheap fabric that I bought on holiday when we went to Joanns. I raided their clearance section and got jelly rolls and fat quarter bundles for $6 each.
I may have gone a bit mad, but I thought they’d be great for practising with, and if I managed to make anything decent with them, it’d be a bonus.
I used some of the plain blue for my Mug Rug. If it went pear shaped, it wouldn’t matter and if it worked, it’d look good in the living room to put my coffee on. I wanted to try the quilt as you go technique and I thought it’d be a great way to try doing some binding as I hadn’t had a go at that yet.
The instructions on the blog are brilliant and I was doing great up until I got to the binding. I made the binding ok, using instructions from another website, and I was pleased with that, but as I really dislike doing hand sewing, I decided to do the binding differently to how it was shown on the Oh Sew Tempting. I used the same technique but attaching it at the back first and then machine sewing it at the front. I read how to do that on a different blog somewhere.
It might have gone ok but my sewing machine objected strongly to the thickness of all the layers so it all went a bit wonky. I don’t know if that’s because I was doing something very wrong or because my machine is a very, very cheap one.
This is how it turned out.
I don’t think I’ll bother with any close-ups, eh? I think you can see how much my sewing machine didn’t like it. I’ve decided it’s not worthy of the living room so it’s going to be used as an Iron Rug as I did need something in my craft room to sit the iron on. It does the job nicely.
I liked the quilt as you go technique very much, but I do need to figure out why my machine wouldn’t cope with the binding. Preferably before attempting an actual quilt…