It's a little finish, but it's a finish!
This was my primary August goal. In order to prepare for finishing The Girl's cuddle quilt, I wanted to learn how to do turned edge machine applique. Lorna pointed me to this great tutorial at Moda Bake Shop.
Last night was my guild meeting, so that provided the motivation necessary to finish this little project up before the meeting. It's a 6" by 8.5" mug rug. Not familiar with mug rugs? Think large coaster or small placemat. I think we'll be using it as a snack mat for the kids. If I make another one for our house I could use the pair as a place for the kids to each keep their water cup for the day. It amazes me how many cups the kids each go through each day. ;-)
I got halfway into quilting the fish and decided I wasn't sure where I was going. I wanted to do a pattern that showed scales, but I wasn't sure how realistic I was going for in my details.
Back to the sketchpad and I decided on something like this:
I'm not 100% happy with it as a whole, but the goal of this project was to learn a new skill and I did do that, as well as got to do a little free motion quilting. Overall, I'm calling it a success. And I'm fired up about working on The Girl's quilt. It'll have many more pieces, so I'm thinking it'll continue to be a slow-progress kind of quilt, but at least I know what I'm doing now.
I forgot to add the quilt label before I quilted the fish, so it got squeezed into the corner. It's fine, but suboptimal in my opinion.
Here are a couple close up shots of my quilting. I'm quite pleased with this part.
And my helpers: