Small stitching on Sunday: a mug rug

I’ve been wanting to try a technique that I’ve admired for awhile: a combination of machine applique and embroidery.

009So today I pulled out my bins of fabric scraps and got busy. Luckily, I had a few scraps of Wrenly left over from a quilt I made last year. The Wrenly birds were perfect for fussy cutting the windows.007It’s called a mug rug, which is an unlovely name for such a lovely thing. Basically, a mug rug is an over-sized coaster. Something pretty to put your coffee cup on, great for personalizing your desk at work (or at home).

012This one is 6.5″ square…a good size for holding a cup.

006The pattern is from Jenny at Elefantz.She makes lovely things.

I’m very happy with this little project. I experimented with a couple of other mug rugs, here, but this one definitely shows improvement in my technique. Yay!

008Next time I’ll quilt the back ground before adding the applique. Stay tuned! Do you have a special mug rug or coaster that you love above all others?

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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11 Responses to Small stitching on Sunday: a mug rug

  1. Marly says:

    This is too lovely to put a cup on. It needs to be on display.

  2. Jo ButterZ says:

    I do like how you have fussy cut around the embroidery and stitched it

  3. YOURS is my new favorite mug rug!! 🙂 SMILES!!!

  4. Pam says:

    Lovely, such even stitches. Super fun birds.

  5. Pam says:

    Beautiful! Love the flowers and birds. Super cute.

  6. Mom says:

    I guess I should check my spelling before I send. I said mug rungs instead of rugs! Sorry!

  7. Mom says:

    Your Aunt Margy would love one of your mug rungs for Christmas if you haven’t already sent one to her yet. I love mine!

  8. piecefulpeg says:

    That’s absolutely lovely!

  9. cynde says:

    Hi Nita, Nice to see your creative juices flowing once again now that it’s cooler. It’s nice to see the mixed mediums..makes one take the second glance. I’m just firing up my machines again and feel like doing something..so starting off making a paddle cover from a lovely piece of pink chinese brocade fabric. (from my fav. store)

  10. Susan says:

    I thought I recognized the hand embroidery style! Your version of this is just beautiful. I love the fussy cut fabrics.

  11. elle says:

    What a lovely creation!

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