Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Muggamo

Welcome to April's Muggamo tutorial! The great thing about Mug Rugs is that they are great scrap busters. You don't need much to make a cute, functional piece.

Download the pattern here.

Fabric pieces needed

Fabric 1:
1 square 3 1/2"
1 square 2 5/8"

Fabric 2:
2 squares 2 3/8"
2 squares 2", cut once on the diagonal 

Fabric 3:
1 square 4 1/4"
1 square 3 1/2"

Fabric 4:
4 squares 2 3/8" 
Draw a line on the diagonal on the wrong side of each square.

7" x 10" piece

2" x 36" strip

First we will make the middle Square-in-a-square block.

Find the center of the square by folding it in half and finger press.

Do the same to the long side of the triangles.

Match up the folds and stitch.

Using the 2 5/8" square and the triangles, sew two triangles to opposite sides on the square.

Press towards triangles.

Repeat with last two triangles.

I like to trim off the dog ears.

Next we will make the No Waste Flying Geese. Using your 4 1/4" Fabric 3 square and 2 3/8" Fabric 4 squares we are going to make four Flying Geese Units.

Line up up two small squares right sides together as shown.

Sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the drawn lines. To sew a scant 1/4" when following a line, I like to put the edge of the presser foot just slightly over the line.

Cut on on the drawn line and press towards triangles.

Place 1 square on each of the units just made, right sides together. Stitch a scant 1/4" on either side of the drawn lines.

Cut apart on the drawn line.  Press towards triangle.

Units should measure 2" x 3 1/2"

This method gives you four Flying Geese units.

Lay out your block. 

Sew rows. ( I always forget to grab pictures of this step. Always.)

Then sew rows together.

Beautiful block!

Next sew the side piece using your leftover 3 1/2" squares.

Press to either side, your choice. 

Add the side piece to the block, press towards side piece.

Layer it up. Even with a small piece I like to secure it with pins.

Quilt it. I've used a walking foot and just stitched in the ditch for all of the mug rugs so far.

Bind it. *sigh* Even the small pieces get hand stitched binding. I cannot do a nice machine binding. Thank goodness I adore hand stitching!

Enjoy it.

Happy Stitching!
If you make an April Muggamo mug rug, please share with #muggamo and feel free to link up. 


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