Even though the Christmas season is long past, I have continued to use the mug rug that I made with Christmas fabrics so it was time to create something new. I looked around my sewing room and found this little 5 inch square of sashiko quilting:
I created this little sample at a quilt guild meeting last fall when we had a speaker who taught us all about sashiko, and we all got a kit to try it out. By the end of the meeting I had this little flower done. I thought it would make a great little mug rug with a little quilting and binding.
I layered it with thin batting and a piece of blue and white fabric, then outline quilted around the flower shape:
Then I trimmed away just the batting:
Next I trimmed the backing fabric to an even one inch all around, and used the iron to press a half inch fold:
I turned the folded backing up onto the front of the mug rug and sewed along the edge:
When I reached the corners, I first folded in the corners at a 45 degree angle:
When the last side was folded and sewn, I had a new little mug rug!
The best part was when I took it to the kitchen and realized that my mugs were a perfect match!
It was a complete coincidence that I have navy and white mugs with little 5 pointed flowers on them!
Being the last day of February, it is time to look back and the month and see how I did in the "Drop and Give Me Twenty" challenge. My goal was to sew at least 20 minutes every day in February. I started off great and logged in well over the 20 minutes a day for the first half of the month, but then I got side-lined with a miserable cold that turned into bronchitis so I did little to no sewing during the last part of the month and turned to knitting instead.
On the plus side, 20 minutes a day for 28 days is equal to 9 hours and 20 minutes, which I most definitely achieved this month, but only because I was an overachiever at the beginning. Also on the plus side, I reached my original commitment goal which was to start and complete the first 5 steps of my guild's Mystery BOM and I made that happen.
In addition, this month I also:
- resurrected a project from 2009 and re-purposed it into a Quilt for Kids donation, and a table runner
- dug out a miniature cheater quilt and got it quilted and bound
- turned an orphan sashiko sample into a mug rug.
- finished knitting a prayer shawl, and almost finished crocheting a second one.
It has been great fun to visit the Facebook page for the "Drop and Give Me 20" challenge and to be inspired by all the progress being made by the other 50-plus participants. Overall, I'm going to call it a success.
Thank you, Beth Helfter for being our hostess/cheerleader. I look forward to next year.