Progress of Mug Rug Swap

My progress wasn’t as fast as expected for the two mug rugs as I’ve been ill since last week and was suffering from back pain, which doesn’t allow me to sew for long periods.  Having to cope with tutoring the kids for their mid-year exams didn’t help too.  :(

I’m however working on the hand appliques for the Flower Basket Mug Rug top now, as I’ve completed the Growing Flowers Mug Rug top last week.  What’s left is actually to quilt and bind the mug rug.

I’ve unfortunately missed the deadline to mail the mug rugs which is today!  I’ve just emailed my swap partner to explain the situation and hope she understands.  Working on it really hard now, so I can mail it out by next week.

Here’s some snapshots on what I’ve completed so far:

Completed Growing Flowers Mug Rug Top

Completed Growing Flowers Mug Rug Top

Flower Basket Mug Rug Appliqued Top

Flower Basket Mug Rug Appliqued Top

Springtime Flowers Mug Rug Swap

Michele from the Quilting Gallery has organised another exciting mug rug swap and I’m in!  This time, the theme is “Springtime Flowers” and the designs are so pretty!  My partner is Pam from USA and I’m happy to be sewing for her.  Her favourite colour is purple and I’m trying my best to have different shades of purple on the mug rug.  Thank god purple is also one of my favourite spring colours and I’ve lots of purple stash lying around.

I finally found time to start on the mug rugs this week and I’m halfway done with the first mug rug.  The applique pieces have been ironed on and I hope to finish my hand applique for the top this weekend.

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Quilted Cushion Cover

My boss bought me some cute fabrics from Riley Blake for sewing.  As a gesture to thank her for the gift, I thought it’ll be nice to sew her something in return.  Saw a tutorial for quilted cushion cover from Modabakeshop and thought it’s something that’s very appropriate and easy to create.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/03/quilt-as-you-go-improv-pillows.html

It’s made from a 10-inch square (layer cake friendly!), then pieced with simple borders.  The top is then quilted using free motion quilting in a meandering design, which gives the cushion a nice texture.  The cushion finishes at 14″ x 14″.

Took just a couple of hours to put this sweetie all together!  Great gift idea for your family and friends over the weekend!

Front view of quilted cushion

Front view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Envelope closure for backing

Envelope closure for backing

Free motion quilting on the top

Free motion quilting on the top