This year I want to expand my sewing abilities. Most all of the sewing I have done has been beginner-intermediate level, and none of it, with the exception of two pieces ever, have had any appliques. I made this quilt several years ago that has appliqued elephants around the outside. It was this experience that made me not want to try it again for many years.
Then I made this jumper for Doll Face. This was all free-hand and did not have any stabilizing base so it slipped around and puckered in places. It’s not a very clean looking job, but it was cute anyway.
Earlier this month I signed up to do a Valentine’s swap. This is where you are given a persons name, and you are to make something small-ish to send it to them. Since this is a Valentine’s swap, the recipient does not know from whom they will be receiving their little gift. Some of the things people been posting on the swaps FB page are beautiful! I can’t wait to see what is sent to me. I search Pinterest for some inspiration and found this little mug rug and knew I had plenty of scraps in my stash to take a stab at it.
This is going to give me some practice at not only applique, but micro applique and free motion quilting. I have never in my life tried to do this. I love the look it gives quilts and, like I said before, I want to expand my skills. Plus, with the small size of the mug rug, I shouldn’t have too much difficulty learning this new skill. I’ve gotten started on the applique and have been playing with the different decorative stitches on my machine. So far I am happy with the results, but I ran out of red thread and I need to get to the store for more. I’m also making a mug cozy to match. Until then, I need to make some curtains for my husbands office. (They will be done this week! I promise!!!)