Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catching Up - Mug Rugs and Wall Hangings

The second post from the trilogy that chronicles my brief sojourn away from dressmaking (I can hear my dress fabric calling me back!) was to dabble in mug rugs.  I have mentioned them previously in this post, and have had a great time sewing up some more . . . .


1. Whales, 2. Jigsaw, 3. Scottie Dogs, 4. Flowers, 5.Tea Cups (my own design), 6. Scottie Dogs (see 3), 7. Four Seasons, 8. Autumnal Leaves, 9. Jigsaw (see 2), 10. Red Flowers, 11. Snowman, 12. Christmas Tree Sampler, 13. Rainbow Stripes (my own design), 14. Autumnal Leaves (see 8.), 15. Home

They range in size from about 8" x 4" to 10" x 6" and do not use up much fabric.  I learned a lot about colours and how they play together, as well as working with light and dark values.  I also found these great outlets for precision sewing (1/4" seams, stitch in the ditch etc) and, of course, hand-sewing!  But most of all, they are just so damn cute - it makes me smile to delve into my fabric stash and choose such lovely fabrics to play with - and a fat quarter goes a loooong way!  I plan on making up some more for Christmas/birthdays - I would parcel one up with a cute mug and some hot chocolate and/or fruity tea.


I have already given most of these away - the 'new home' one was made into a tiny wall hanging for my brother and his wife when they moved into their new house.


I love that the windows are a little wonky - I think it adds to the quirky charm.

And finally, for this post, I made a few wall hangings:




Again, these have all been snagged - I only have the photos to remind myself of them!  I will make another version of the last wall hanging as it is from a fabulous quilt shop in Canmore, Alberta (as is the 'We Love Canada' one), and features the Three Sisters Mountains which were in most of our wedding photos as we got married in Canmore.  Happy memories!

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  1. Beautiful mug rugs and wall hangings. They all are so beautiful and I do love the one with the bear in it.

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    1. Thank-you. The bears are cute and for visitors to our lovely Province, they are a great memento/gift to remind them of the Rockies!

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  2. Beautiful and beautifully made!!!!!

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    1. Thanks - they are such fun to do!

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    1. Thank-you - I started using the left over fabric from the pillowcases!

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  4. They're all so beautiful.. Of course I especially like the We love Canads one.Your wedding photo is so lovely!

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    1. My brother and his wife have recently applied for permanent residency here in Canada, so this is quite appropriate for them!

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    1. Thank-you! I actually cut out a few more mug rugs and put the fabric in Ziploc bags all ready for when I get the urge to sew some more. My own little 'kits' all ready to go!!

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  6. I love the detail of the different coloured leaves, but of course the dogs are my favourite! Fun!

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    1. Who can resist Scottie Dogs?! Thank-you!

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  7. Beautiful mug rugs, they are always fun to make!

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  8. these are all so special! I have only made 1 1/2 so far and I'm not sure why I haven't made more. oh wait, it's probably because I started making quilts, ha! I love the backdrop for your beautiful wedding photo!! visiting from Sew Darn Crafty link party, would love a visit back!!

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  9. Your mug rugs look so beautiful. You've really inspired me to have a go.
    Ali xx

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