Friday, January 7, 2011

Mug Rug

I made a Christmas mug rug and found out that it was more useful than I thought it would be, so this week I made a regular mug rug (drunkard's path of course).

Usually my coffee table (an old trunk) is strewn with coasters, and I found that it looks much neater with one little mug rug.

This one is the colour of spills (the Christmas one had some light fabric - not practical) and I only used one layer of foil batting (the Christmas one also had a layer of wool batting - too tippy) - live and learn!
I used the Baby GO! to cut out the Drunkard's Path blocks and it all went together very quickly.

The secret with the GO! Drunkard's Path blocks is lining up the notches, notice the edges of the two pieces are parallel.

Then using only a few more pins, lining up the sides and the curved edge.

The pieces are sewn together with the quarter circle on the bottom (next to the feed dogs).

Works every time!! The seam is pressed away from the quarter circle.

I have discovered that the Drunkard's Path has lots of possibilities for quilting designs - I chose a feathered wreath for this one - so easy to follow the circle. It is about 8" x 11".

Now for a Give Away!!

I had so much fun making the mug rug, that I made up a little kit for a mug rug (6 Drunkard's Path blocks ready to be sewn (the fabric is Reflections of an Era Past), foil batting, brown backing fabric and the binding) so someone else could try it out.

Just leave me a comment on this post and I will make the draw next Friday (January 14th, 2011) - make sure I have a way to reach you. Good Luck!

The Giveaway is over and the winner was Patty!

I have been blogging for a year now (made some changes to my blog for the new year). It has been such a positive addition to my life. I have met some amazing people and been so inspired! Thank-you!!♥

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!♥

59 comments:

Donna said...

Congratulations on your year in blog land! I always enjoy reading what you have to say and seeing what you created.

Cindy N. said...

Congrats on one year! I love reading the blogs and keeping in touch with those that have similar interests!! Its a nice way to start the morning with coffee and blog land!!

Bonnie said...

Congrats on your blog-i-versary! The mug rug looks awesome.

Stray Stitches said...

Thank you for having such a wonderful blog! You have given me some great tutorials and a very fun SAL (even if I am way behind)

Needled Mom said...

Happy blogaversary!!! I love the Drunkard's Path mug rug. It is one of my favorite patterns.

Penny said...

Since I didn't win a Go! from the many giveaways in Blogland and I've been wanting to make some mug rugs, I would love to win this! Love the quilting details.
Have a great day too!

AnnieO said...

Beautiful mug rug, how lovely of you to share your method and then have a giveaway. I found you through Mary's blog, Quilt Hollow. Congratulations on your year of blogging--I am coming up on two years and like you, believe it has added so much to my life. Thanks for the chance to win your kit.

Jen said...

Congrats on your 1 year! I really enjoy following your blog. I'd love to play around with the mug rug. You inspire me to practice my feather wreaths, they are just amazing!

Logopaedchen/Kirsten said...

Congatulations on your first blog birthday. It is so exciting to be in blog land and "meet" all thee wonderful creative people. I love your quilting that looks outstanding. Did you hand or machine quilt your mug rugs? Looks fabulous!

Chris said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love seeing your progress on your projects. Would love to try your Drunkards Path and haven't seen a Go so double bonus!
Best wishes for your second year
Chris x

Joyce said...

Congrats on your anniversary. I made some mug rugs for Xmas gifts and they were very popular. Now I want some for myself so I'd love to win. The instructions I got said to put some spices in so they'd smell good when heated by the cup of hot coffee. I thought that was a great idea.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Yes! Blogging is so neat! I have learned so much. I love your blog, so please add me to the drawing.

Karen said...

Pretty mat and beautifully quilted (as always!) Nice to see you've added a picture, so now we can actually see the person creating all these lovely things.

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

The mug rug is just beautiful! You are right, it really does liven up that trunk. Congratulations on your year of blogging, and thank you for such a generous give away. These are always fun to participate in, and even more fun to see who comes out of the woodwork and comments! ;)

imagrandma2five said...

That is very pretty and the quilting sets it off! Thanks for generous giveaway.

Linda said...

Blogging is so much fun! I would love to win your mug rug kit. What a great giveaway. Thanks! Also, love your new header.

Colleen G said...

I'm not a blogger but I so enjoy reading and being inspired by all those blogs I follow. I thank you for your efforts and generously sharing your work.

Dresden Quilter said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your quilting is so amazing. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jill said...

I love the drunkard's path block. I hope to make a large quilt someday. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 1 year of blogging.

Vivian said...

Congratulations on one year in blogland!

I've been wanting to do a mug rug and am currently working on a DP sampler so this is right up my alley. I think I'll take the leftovers from my project to do the same thing but I don't mind having yours too!

Lovely quilting on it BTW.

Joan said...

Love your mug rugs and I will be back tomorrow to go through your tutorial again. It looks great. Still have visitors...and am away to bed shortly. More sewing, reading and sewing late in the day and evening - I hope :) Your Drunkards path sewing and quilting is really great!!

Terry said...

Congratulations! Love the mug rug too! Thanks for the chance to win the makings for one of my own! :0)

Patty said...

I love how you quilted your mug rug, the design fits it perfectly.

Linda said...

Now that is what I call a kit...pieces cut and everything! Congrats on your anniversary. I like your quilt-along and your tutorials.

joan said...

Congratulation on your one year... Your quilting is absolutely super.. I can't get enough of seeing your beautiful work.

Karen said...

Congrats! Wow, only a year?! You've done so much with your blog in such a short time. I sure do appreciate it with all your detailed instructions. You're doing a great job.
And love your mug rug; never tried that pattern before. Love the fabrics too. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

Myra said...

Congrats on your 1 year of blogging Joanne!
Great little tutorial here, and a wonderful giveaway goodie!!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Angie said...

Love your DP mug rug! :) Congratulations on blogging for a year. I would love to try making that little rug.

QuiltNCards said...

Yes, Congrats on one year... it is a learning process for me. I just learned today how to add a button. Drunkard's Path is my favorite design, also. Just joined your followers and can't wait to prowl around and read some back posts.
Terri

Kate said...

Congratulations on your first year of Blogging,,,I have not made it there yet Have a lot to learn both in Blogging and quilting ...so every bit of help counts,,Thanks for the great details...Kate

CindyC said...

Drunkards Path is one of my favorite blocks, and I love the quilting you did on your little rug. Congratulations on the year blogging. I am still struggling, but it gets easier and better all the time.

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats!
I love your blog photo....could you tell me what program you used to achieve the look? My blog needs a new look...something fun and similiar to yours would be fantastic!

Eileen said...

I always love your choices of fabric. And your quilting is beautiful!

Cyndi said...

Hi Joanne! Congrats one your one-year blogiversary! It goes by so quickly, doesn't it?

Your mug rug is so cute....and I swear your Value Die is on it's way so that you will soon have some other dies to play with!

You don't have to include me in the give away...since I am so new to quilting I don't think I'm ready for the Drunkard's Path yet! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Hayley M said...

I've been meaning to make some mug rugs, this is the perfect excuse! Beautiful fabric too :)

Natasha said...

Congrats on your blog. Kit looks great.

JANET said...

What a great giveaway. I have the go cutter but I don't have the drunkards path yet.Might have to get it now . Congrats on your first year.

Annie said...

You made this block look so easy to do. I would love to win the kit. Thanks for the offering ....

free indeed said...

I am so intimidated by curves. Thanks for hte tip about having the quarter circle on hte bottom. Maybe that will help me when I win that kit! lol. Congrats!

Michele Hester said...

Love the quilting on that mug rug!

Deb said...

Great idea about using fabric to hide spills! I'd love to give the mug rug a try...never made one! thanks for the giveaway.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Congratulations on your year. I love your mug rug. I've only made one so far.

Billie in TX

MJ said...

I love the rugs!! Great idea! Great job on a year gone by... Thanks

Micki said...

I would love to try that...lovely colours and how nice of you to organize it for someone.
Micki

Mimi said...

Congratulations! I just love your mug rugs - they are awesome!! I've been wanting to try the Drunkards Path pattern and this would be the perfect little project to test my abilities (and patience???) Thanks for the chance!

Janet said...

It would be great to try a drunkard's path and with pieces cut on a Go what could possibly go wrong:)

Jane S. said...

How exciting! A year of blogging for you, and a giveaway too. I've always wanted to try a Drunkard's Path quilt but it seems daunting what with all the curves. Maybe something small would be less intimidating. I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

Jane S.
janers41 at yahoo dot com

Ronnie said...

What a cute mug rug! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Congratulations on your first blogging year.Drunkard's path is one of my favorite blocks. Thank you for the chance to win.

Peach Rainbow said...

I think this is a lovely giveaway :)
Congrats on your 1 year & thank you for the chance!

Lisa said...

Happy one year blogiversary! Your new blog header photo collage is gorgeous. I can't wait to get my sew along blocks together, I just love that quilt. This mug rug is going to make some lucky person so happy. Here's to 2011 and another year in blogland. ~~Lisa

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging! The mug rug looks cute and I've never made one. If win this kit, then will get me going I'm sure. Thanks for a lovely giveaway. Wishing more years of enjoyable, and productive blogging and quilting.

Kathryn said...

I've just caught your blog, and will add it to those I subscribe to. Your work looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway. Kathie L in Allentown

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

That is too cute - and I love the quilting. Thanks so much for sharing your tips - and for the fun giveaway!

kc said...

What a cute idea, and the quilting really accentuates the circle! I've never done this pattern before - always been scared to, but your tutorial makes it look seeeeeeeew easy! Would love to win the kit, just so I can try it out! Amazes me how a inny circle matches up to an outy circle, and it all works together!

Just found your blog, but I'm lovin' it, so going right up to follow it! Congrats on your anniversary, and thanks for sharing it in such a sweet way!

Anonymous said...

Oh what a great giveaway, looks like fun to do!
Conngrats on your 1st blog anniversary! It is a great place to stop by, which I do whenever I have a chance to..

edmontonjb said...

Congrats on one year! I love the mug rug kit! The fabric is adorable.

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Dreamquilter Elke said...

Dear Joanne,
great one year. You have a very nice blog. I found it this week in the www. The Thread Head Quilt Along is very good and I like it. Hope you show uns many year your ideas.
Elke from Germany

Laurie in Maine said...

Blog hopping & followed a link about the quilt-along blocks. Curved seams are on my to-do list...not sure why they frighten me a bit!