Throwback Thursday: My First Mug Rug

When I first saw mug rugs on Pinterest, I thought they were intriguing. Such a lovely, small project and great way to practice some free motion quilting. You'd think in a year I'd have made more than one of them, huh?

For my mother-in-law's birthday (March 2013) I decided to take inspiration from her kitchen wallpaper to make her a mug rug. I think the dimensions of my project were about 8" x 10". I finally checked, and it's about 6" x 8.5".

wallpaper inspirationI put my black lines and red and yellow pieces onto my white on white background with fusible and then did a decorative stitch along the border to complete the top. Here it is pinned and ready to quilt:

pinned and ready to goI decided to use this little project as an opportunity to practice some different free motion quilting patterns, all inspired by Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project. Here's a closer look:

mug rug close-up

mug rug close-up2

I'm linking up with Leah Day's April 11 FMQ Link Up.

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