August 3, 2016

Paper Pieced Mug Rugs

Remember this quilt I made a while ago? I had two paper pieced tulips left and have wondered, for the longest time, what to do with them. I would take them out of the drawer and put them right back in because I could not come up with any way to use only two of them in a wall hanging. Then, after I made the mug rugs I showed you yesterday I realized I had seen the light! 

I made two rectangular mug rugs adding ribbons of matching colors. I used Aurifil monofilament to stitch in the ditch, as well as Aurifil 50 wt white thread to quilt them using wiggly lines to contrast with the straight lines of the paper pieced flowers.

The top mug rug has a hand stitched binding because I forgot to attach the binding to the back in order to stitch it by machine. The finishing was fast, anyway, because the mug rug was about 8-1/2" x 6". These are, in fact, mini mini quilts, making them extra special. 

Those are the threads I used on all the mug rugs. Oh, yeah, forgot to add the Aurifil 50 wt white to the picture, but you can see it on the mug rug. You may also recognize on the flowers Bella Solids and other fabrics by Moda. Oh, those Bella Solids come in handy!

I hope to have inspired you to pull out your stack of leftover blocks and make some cool, fast quilted gifts with them. Add ribbons and other trims. I would avoid buttons because you want to provide a flat surface so mugs won't topple, unless you add them close to the corners.

By the way, I have another knitted beanie to show you soon. In the meantime, enjoy your day!


  1. What a great way to use orphaned your addition of trims! Pretty!

    1. Thank you! Can't bear to stash away blocks which could be turned into something nice...

  2. That is perfect use for an orphan block! Very pretty.


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