Quilt as you go mug rug tutorial

This is my favourite way to make a mug rug as there is no need to quilt it at the end.

You will need:

Backing fabric 11 x 9 inches

Wadding 11 x 9 inches (you may wish to use heat resistant wadding but do not use polyester wadding as it will melt onto your iron)

Five strips 8 x 2.5 inches

Binding 48 x 2.25 inches, folded and pressed in half with wrong sides facing.

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Lay the wadding on top of the backing fabric.

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Position the first strip, right side up, about one quarter of an inch from the right

hand edge.

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Sew in place using a quarter inch seam through all three layers.

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Turn the work so that the strip is positioned to the left.

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Lay the next strip on top of the previous strip with right sides facing.

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Sew a quarter inch seam through all layers down the right hand side of

the strip.

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Lift the second strip and press towards the right.

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Like this.

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Place the third strip on top of the second strip with right sides facing.

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Sew a quarter inch seam through all layers down the right hand side of

the strip.

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Lift the new strip and press to the right.

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Continue until all five strips are attached. Then sew down the right hand

side of the final strip.

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Then sew along the top and bottom and trim all the way round to make a

rectangle.

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Line up the raw edges of the folded binding strip with the edge of the mug rug.

Leave about 3 inches before starting to sew a quarter inch seam down the side.

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Stop sewing one quarter of an inch before the first corner.

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Pull the work away from the needle area of the machine. There is no need to

cut the threads. Turn the work to this position.

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Lift the binding and finger press in this position. The fold should make a

45 degree angle and the raw edge should be in line with the right hand side

of the work.

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Keeping the fold in place, bring the binding down in line with the next raw

edge of the work.

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Continue to sew from the very edge of the work to the next corner and

repeat until all four corners are done. Stop sewing about three inches

before the finish.

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Overlap the ends of the binding strip and cut so there is a half inch overlap.

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This bit is quite tricky! Sew the ends of the binding, right sides together,

using a quarter inch seam.

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Finger press the seam open then continue to sew the rest of the binding

to the mug rug. Turn the binding towards the back of the work.

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Hand stitch the binding to the back, folding to make the mitred corners.

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Ta-da!

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Just testing Winking smile

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I’ve also made table runners, toppers, cushion fronts and place mats using

the ”Quilt as you go” method. It also works well for small jelly roll strip quilts.

If you want some extra challenge….use diagonal strips, maybe of different

widths.

I can’t put it down!

Helloooo!!

New project on the go….

I’ve been wanting to crochet a ripple pattern blanket since I finished my Granny Squares one in May. My favourite ripples are at Playing At Craft, The Lazy Crafter and Attic 24. The great thing is, Lucy at Attic 24 has written a very clear photo tutorial here which is great for beginners like me.

My yarn arrived a couple of days ago. It is Stylecraft 100% Acrylic Double Knit so it didn’t break the bank. It was actually recommended to me by the lovely Trish at Made by Patch. Her blog is well worth a look. She mainly does crochet but there are several other strings to her bow. Go and see for yourselves!

Here is my yarn. I have two of each of eight colours. Maybe there’ll be some left for other hooky magic 🙂

The pattern suggested you should try a practice piece first which turned out fine. You can see how clear Lucy’s pattern is. I shrunk the photos before printing it to save trees 🙂

All going well…so back along the other way for row 2.

I was happy with the trial run so I started the foundation chain for real. It seemed like a never ending first row. I had enough chain for 308 stitches plus 3 chains and needed to end on the correct stitch. I don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t work out! In case you don’t know already, the ripples are formed by a series of trebles, decreases, trebles, increases then repeating all the way along. (I think trebles are doubles in the States but don’t quote me on that. )

Now the 2nd row…

Time to change colour. That will hold my interest in a big project.

Nice colours but I’m beginning to worry. I kept calm (my OH would disagree here!) and carried on. Have you spotted my reason for concern?

Maybe you can now…. The foundation chain is too tight and is causing the edge to flick up 😦

So I contacted Lucy the pattern writer…..Is this supposed to happen or should I have made a much slacker chain? If I had to start again to put it right, so be it. Within minutes Lucy advised this is a common problem. I should have done a slacker chain or used a larger hook to make it. Oh well, time to wind the wool up and start again. NO!!! That was the cry of my OH who strongly suggested I leave the first one intact and get the new one going before pulling the first one out. I wish I had his wisdom 😉 I didn’t really mind having to start again. It was only an evening’s work and I’d enjoyed doing it and getting used to the pattern.

So I started again and I hope you can see the difference. I certainly can. It was worth keeping the first one just to see the difference here 😀

Then more rows were added.

All is well that ends well so they say 🙂 Thanks to Lucy and Missy Patch again. You both did a grand job:-)

I can’t put it down!

Avis x

Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 14)

Here are the instructions for the sashing. Enjoy!

You will need:

Twenty dark 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.

Thirty one white 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles.

Lay out your blocks and sashing pieces in their final positions for the finished quilt.

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Sew white rectangles to the sides of the blocks to complete four rows like this. Press seams towards the sashing.

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Next, make the sashing rows with the dark squares. Sew dark squares to five white rectangles. I prefer to chain sew to save time and thread. Press seams towards the rectangles.

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You should now have five of these.

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Sew a dark square to each of the other ends of these five rectangles.

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Now sew alternately a white rectangle then a dark square until each piece has four dark squares and three white rectangles. Here are mine after three dark squares. Keep going to finish.

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Lay these strips in place.

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Now sew the rows together. I prefer to sew together the first and second rows and then sew together the third and fourth rows and so on until I have pairs of rows. Then I sew together the pairs of rows.That way, I am only working with a large quilt top in the machine for one seam.

Here is my finished quilt top.

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Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 13)

Here is the final block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

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You will need:

One medium 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square

Two light 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares

Two medium 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares

One light 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

One dark 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

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First, take two light and two medium 4 7/8″ squares. Lay the light squares on top of the medium ones.

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Draw the diagonals on the top squares.

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Sew one quarter of an inch along both sides of the lines.

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Cut along the drawn lines.

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Press open.

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Lay the on a table with the 4 1/2″ medium square in the centre.

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Now take the light and dark 5 1/4″ squares and lay the light one on top of the dark one.

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Draw both diagonals.

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Sew one quarter of an inch along both sides of one diagonal.

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Cut along both diagonals.

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Open and press towards the dark fabric. Each pair of squares will give two smaller blocks like this.

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Sew together taking care to butt the seams up against each other to give good points in the centre.

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Lay with the rest of the squares on the table.

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Sew three rows together taking care to alternate the way the seams are pressed on each row. I press seams away from the four-patch squares.

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Sew the three rows together and press.

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The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is now open!

Hi everyone 🙂

My dear friend Teje has reminded me that the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side has just begun. Amy organises the festival in Spring and Autumn of each year and many quilters link to their posts showing their quilts and telling the stories behind them.

I hope you will pop over to the Festival and take a look at some of the most beautiful homemade quilts ever!! There are so many lovely blogs to visit too 🙂 Make sure you have a cuppa and put your feet up. You could be there for a very long time! Voting starts soon so it may be worth having a pen and paper ready to note your favourites. There are also many prizes to be won, so maybe you would like to share your quilt too.

I have decided to enter my Blue Sampler Quilt which is the most recent one I have finished. Here it is 🙂

The first quilt top I ever made contained the same blocks as this one. I made it in red, white and blue and have shown it in a previous post. It is still on my to-do list to quilt and bind 🙂

I decided to make the blue version above because I had recently got a puppy and I needed to find a project I could pick up and put down, working only for short periods at a time. I thought the different blocks would hold my interest and, for me, the sashing was a “must have”.

Because I’d made the sampler before, I decided to take photographs of all the steps and write tutorials block by block which you can find in my tutorials category at the right hand side of my blog. I thought it might inspire one of my non-quilting readers to try quilting for the very first time so I tried to make the instructions suitable for a complete beginner. The first tutorial contains the fabric requirements and cutting instructions and further tutorials for blocks 1 to 11 are also available. The final block 12 tutorial and the ones for sashing and binding will follow soon 🙂

I used Moda Bella Solids throughout as I love their soft feel and the variety of colours available.  The blocks are 12 inches square so the quilt made up quite quickly. I machine quilted it myself in a meander wiggle with turquoise thread on the front and white on the back. The backing fabric is also white.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats

Finished quilt measures : 58″x 44″
Special techniques used : Machine pieced and quilted. Binding attached to the back by hand.
Quilted by : Me (Avis)
Best Category : Throw quilt, Home machine quilted, Scrap Quilt

I will leave you with some close-up photos of the blocks in a slide show. Enjoy! Avis x

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Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 12)

Here is the eleventh block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

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You will need:

Two white 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares

One white 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

Two light 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares

One light 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

Two dark 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares

One dark 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

Here are my patches.

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First, take two light 4 1/2″ squares with one white and one dark 4 1/2″ squares. Lay the white on top of a light square and another light on top of a dark square.

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Draw the diagonals on the top squares.

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Sew one quarter of an inch along both sides of the lines.

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Cut along the drawn lines. Press open.

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Now take the white and dark 4 1/2″ squares.

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Cut them both in half diagonally. Put these triangles to one side.

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Take the three 5 1/4″ squares.

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Cut each of them along both diagonals to get four small triangles of each colour.

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Lay them out in position with the larger triangles that were put to one side.

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Sew the small triangles together first. Then sew the double triangles to the large triangles. Lay them all out again with the corner squares in position.

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Sew three rows together taking care to alternate the way the seams are pressed on each row. Sew the three rows together and press.

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Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 11)

Here is the tenth block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

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You will need:

Two white 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares

Two white 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares

Two medium 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares

Six white 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares

Six dark 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares

Here are my patches.

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First make the four-patch blocks. Start with pairs of white and dark 2 1/2″ squares.

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Chain sew them together.

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Press the seams towards the dark fabric.

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Arrange the pieces into the four-patch blocks. Chain sew all three of the four-patch blocks, taking care to butt the seams against each other to ensure a good match in the centre.

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You should now have three four-patch squares.

Next, take the white and medium 5 1/4″ squares and lay the white ones on top of the medium ones.

Draw the two diagonals on each pair.

Sew one quarter of an inch away from both sides of one diagonal.

Cut along both diagonals.

Press the pieces open. Arrange them in pairs like this.

Make sure the seams butt up against each other and chain sew together. Open and press the squares. Arrange all of the pieces like this.

Sew three rows together taking care to alternate the way the seams are pressed on each row. Sew the three rows together and press.

Finished!

I thought I’d never get around to sewing again following having a trapped nerve in my shoulder and then getting a labrador retriever puppy. It is amazing how having to look after a bouncy puppy made me almost forget the pain in my arm 🙂 I thought I’d tackle something I could do in short time slots between puppy naps and here is the result.

The backing and binding are white and the quilting thread is variegated turquoise on the front and white linen on the back. All the fabrics are Moda Bella Solids.

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The tutorials for the blocks are published up to and including Block 9 and can be found in my tutorials category on the right of the page if you would like to make it. The first tutorial gives fabric requirements and cutting instructions. The remaining block tutorials will follow soon. My friend Gun is following the tutorials as a quilt-along. You might like to take a look at her Green Quilt blocks as well as many other gorgeous things she makes.

I think this quilt will live on my sofa 🙂

I’ll leave you with a few more photos. I hope you like them. Have a wonderful weekend 😀 Avis x

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Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 10)

Here is the ninth block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

You will need:

Four light 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares

One white 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″″ square

Two light 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares

Two medium 5 1/4″″ x 5 1/4″″ squares

Here are my patches.

First, take the medium and light 5 1/4″ squares and lay the light ones on top of the medium ones.

Draw the two diagonals on each pair.

Sew one quarter of an inch away from both sides of one diagonal.

Cut along both diagonals.

Press the pieces open.

Arrange them in pairs like this.

Make sure the seams butt up against each other and chain sew together.

Press open. You should have four squares like this.

Arrange these with the rest of your patches. Sew three rows together taking care to alternate the way the seams are pressed on each row. Sew the three rows together and press.

Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 9)

Here is the eighth block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

You will need:

Five light 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares

One white 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

One light 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square

Two medium 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares

Here are my patches.

First make the small triangle patches. Cut both the 5 1/4″ light and white squares across both diagonals to get four triangles from each square.

Position them like this and sew them together.

Press seams towards the darker fabric.

Next, take the two 4 7/8″ medium squares and cut them across the diagonal. They should be the same size as the ones you just made by sewing together pairs of triangles.

You should be able to make four of these.

Chain sew these together to make four three-triangle-squares.

Here are mine.

Arrange the squares on a table. Take care to place the colours correctly.

Sew together to make three rows. Alternate the direction in which you press the seams so they will butt up against each other when you sew the rows together.

Sew the three rows together.

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