Friday, March 25, 2011

Mug Rug Madness!

whelp! i guess it's my day to share a little muggy madness. ;) i think now you'll know why i chose to post a tutorial on Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts yesterday!.. this is a very simple tutorial on making jumbo coasters with darling flowers on them, one for your Coffee and one for your Juice. and of course one lucky winner will win these! cheers kids! and cheers to miss Erin for inviting me to the party! Okay, tut time... i'm quite sure in the past 24hrs you've all made at least... say, 3 dozen flowers, right!?? no... well, don't worry you can whoop these up in a couple hours from start to finish! easy- peasy! Grab a flower! and a seam ripper! carefully cut your basting thread. turn your flower over, remove your thread bits and paper templates. give your flower a good press with your iron at this time, while tucking in all your thread tails facing the inside of the flower. cut: ( 2 ) 8" X 8" linen squares
( 1 ) 8" X 8" fusible medium weight interface

iron the interface on to one square of your linen and set aside. taking the remainder square of linen and your flower, pin in place. sew a top stitch around the flower. remove your pins and top stitch again following the center hexagon as a guide. place your two squares together Right side to Right side and pin. sew a 1/2 inch seam around 3 sides of the square. sew 1/3 of the last side and backstitch, leaving an opening.

( tip: i chose to backstitch at the beginning & the end of each side, instead of making one continuous seam, it's just how i roll. )

snip the corners and flip your square inside out ( or what i refer to as... turn & burn! )

simply, top stitch your opening down, while finishing off your muggy cuteness!

a pefect little home for your tasty beverages!

Okay... Q & A time!

1. i get all my paper piecing supplies at Sew Deerly Loved.

2. i used 1" hexagons for this pattern

3. i use fusible interface instead of batting, because i personally like the flat feel & look better.

4. YOU can reuse your hexie templates, so don't throw them away! LOL

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5. Leave a comment here to win this set of Muggy Goodness, i'll pick a winner on Sunday!!!

Xo, Heather

101 comments:

  1. Wow! Love those FMF posies. These would be great, thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. These are so cute! Love that they only take a few hexys!
    tmsatterwhite@hotmail.com

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  3. I love these hexies! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I Love Grandmothers Garden - My grandmother and mother started a quilt each for my sister and I over 20 years ago. Now my sister and I are just getting started with quilting and are looking forward to helping mum to finish our quilts. I love that it is called Grandmothers garden seeing as mine is a garden my grandmother started. Love the mug rugs.

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  5. Wonderful mug rug. I just might have to "borrow" on of my hexie flowers that I made for my GFG and use it to make a mug rug too.

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  6. Loving the hexagons.
    I just had a granny flower coaster giveaway.

    Clare

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  7. Beautiful! I've got to make myself a few mug rugs. They are a fabulous idea! Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration!!

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  8. I always wondered how these hexi flowers were made! Thanks for the tutorial on the last post! :) And they do make awesome coaster/mugrugs! :) Now I need to get me some templates so I can make me some paper templates. :) Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish...feed him for a lifetime. :)

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  9. FIrst comment? Hmm, I think that's bad luck, but I'd still love to win, they are adorable!

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  10. It's so pretttttty. Now I really do have to work on my Hexies *gulp*

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  11. So, I didn't get a chance to comment yesterday on how you'd convinced me to make about a bazillion hexies now I see how easy it is and would be perfect to do in front of the TV at night. But now I have a chance to win some you've already made?? Sign me up fo sho!

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  12. What a great idea for using up spare hexies. Fab! Jxo

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  13. "madness" - that sounds like me :-))
    I would love to win your coasters ... Er ... Mug mats!

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  14. Those are so cute! You are really making me want to start a Grandmother's Flowers quilt...

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  15. Very nice. I have never seen one without batting. Props to you for being a rebel and doing something different!

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  16. Wow - they are adorable and I have not done hexies so I am very thankful you did the tutorial - Thanks for chance to win too!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  17. I'm a hexagon junkie, Heather! Your mug rugs are so cute. Thanks for the tutorials.

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  18. I am definitely going to give this a try. I have always thought I would love a GFG quilt, but this would give me a chance to try the design and see if I am ready to tackle a bigger project.

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  19. So cute. I love how the hexagons frame the mug.

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  20. These are AWESOME! I'm so glad to see a square mug rug, I had only seen the rectangular ones before, and while they all looked great, I still stopped short of making one for myself. This one looks perfect for me, a mug rug and hexies, two things on my 'want-to-try... someday' list! Thanks for the fab tut! :]

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  21. I'm not at hexie level with my quilting, so I'll just take advantage of your skills if I win! :)

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  22. I have never made hexies... apparently they are addictive, and since I am still working on my fabric addiction... cute mug rug!!

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  23. I love it. And thanks for the link. I always buy my paper pieces from paperpieces(dot)com but I love to support etsy businesses.

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  24. While I can't imagine making a whole quilt with Grandmother's Flower garden, I could make a mug rug or two ....

    Of course, if you've already made them for me, I'll take them at the email I'll supply when you notify me that I've won. ;)

    Blessings!

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  25. 1st comment? No freakin way. There's gotta be some pending moderation. :-)

    Love this design... I've been randomly making hexies for a while now, but hadn't decided on what to do with them quite yet. This would be fun & easy!

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  26. Hi! I recently (as in 3 days ago) decided to teach myself to quilt and I went blog searching...Your blog is amazing and I love how you explain everything step by step! Thanks a heap for the inspiration :) I can't wait to make these for everyone I know!!

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  27. Great tutorial. I too like the flatter look. I'll have to try these!

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  28. Very cute. I love them. I need to learn and try to do some hexies to start using up my scraps.

    qt_girl2000(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. this might have to be my very first mug rug!!

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  30. Your posts always make me smile! I have caught the hexie bug lately myself and keep finding great creative crafty ideas to use them with!

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  31. I love hexies they are so easy to make. I also really like the way you made your mug rug.

    Thanks,

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  32. This is the perfect plan for attempting hexies... maybe I'll get brave soon!

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  33. I am totally a late-comer to the hexagon-train, this is perfect. Just enough hexies to where I won't be overwhelmed AND get to have something lovely at the end. Thanks for the tutorial and eye candy :)

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  34. Ohhhh, so cute! I'm a beginning quilter, so I'm pretty sure I won't be tackling hexys any time soon. My coffee mug and I hope we win your darling mug rugs!

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  35. Love your tutorial AND your mug-rug.

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  36. Thank you so much for such a wonderfully detailed tutorial. I have always want to give hexagons a try but have never found a tutorial that showed exactly what the stitches should look like when you are connecting them. I am looking forward to getting started on my fabric flower garden very soon.

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  37. I inherited fabric and a sewing machine from my Nana and there are about 20 flowers without enters that I can choose from. I was wanting something small to do with them b/c there aren't enough for a whole quilt. Thanks for the tut :0) Great idea!

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  38. More hexies,,,I really must start on them and see what all the excitement is about.

    Don't want to be left behind...thanks for the tut and pictures...

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  39. Very cute, cute, cute...I will give it a shot..For some reason I thought they were allot harder. Thanks for the tut.

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  40. Cute mug rug! Love the idea! I'll have to try some hexies... Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  41. Thanks for the great 'hexie' tutorial!
    Love to win the mug rug....

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  42. This makes me want to try hexagons. Very pretty!

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  43. The cuteness of hexies combined with the cuteness of mug rugs! Perfect!! LOVE!!

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  44. I adore the brown print fabric! Could you share what line it's from?

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  45. We had a hexagon tutorial at my guild ages ago, but sadly I did not fall in love with the technique at the time. This makes me want to search for the one flower I did make to turn it into a mug rug, though. Very cute!

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  46. Thanks for answering the questions!
    CUTE,CUTE,CUTE flower coaster.

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  47. Love the "coffee" and "juice" colors/pairing, what a great idea!

    Now I know what to do with the extra flowers made for my GFG in progress... as soon as I figure out which ones are the "extras."

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  48. Love the simplicity of the mug rug and this is on my list.

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  49. These are adorable. Have you ever tried the plastic templates that you pop out? I have a set and have never used them. Just curious. thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. I hopped across b/c hexies? J'adore! I must go and read your tute on English paper piecing b/c it's not something I've done before, and being shown by someone skilled is the best!

    Hazle

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  51. love your mug rugs! I recently 'discovered' mug rugs. can't wait to make some!

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  52. So cute.....put my name in the hat please.

    Billie in TX

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  53. love this! here's to hoping i win! hoping hoping hoping. that is hoping not hopping... although, i will hop if i do win!

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  54. So cute! Hexies are my new addiction

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  55. I had to giggle when I saw your post because I'm working on a hexie rug for my swap partner in the mug rug swap adventure :) Great minds think alike!

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  56. Cute hexie. Thanks for the tutorial, the supply link and the chance to win.

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  57. Now I know what I can do with the Grandmother's Garden flowers that didn't get made into a tablerunner!! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Hexagons are just perfect for a mug rug aren't they..just small enough to be manageable!

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  59. Well you know I love them. Love the rug and especially the hexie flower! Cuuute!!!!!!

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  60. Thanks so much for such a great use for hexies.

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  61. These are just adorable! I love the hexies and those posies!

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  62. Another awesome tute Heather. I love the look of hexies but still have yet to make any myself. Seeing you post the ones you've made make me want to try them even more each time and this mug rug is no exception. Maybe I'll be lucky and win this so I can see them in person and see if that helps kick start me wanting to make them into DOING it. LOL

    One question I do have is that you always seem to use linen in making yours. Is there a reason you use linen, or is that just a personal preference you have Heather? Thanks again.

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  63. Really nice. Haven't done hexies yet, so this will be my beginning. Thanks.

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  64. Thanks for the tutorial, will make a great project to practice making hexies!

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  65. I haven't tried doing hexies yet but your posts and tute make it much less intimidating, thanks :o)

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  66. oh, what sweet mug rugs! I would just love for you to send 'em my way :)

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  67. I have always loved Grandmother's Garden but never wanted to attempt but you make hexies look so easy.

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  68. great tutorial - thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  69. I'm taking a class on hexies in July! Will have to remember this when I learn how to make them...unless I win, of course! :)

    Sandy A

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  70. ohhh, hexies are on my list..easy peasy..ok...{a little scared here, but I'll do it}. .and hello! Led Zeppelin?! Your {House} is rockin' and I have whiplash! :)

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  71. What a great way to use hexies! I made a bunch last summer, but haven't found a good use for them yet....

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  72. What a great use of your scraps. Your mug mat is so cute, thanks for the tutorials!

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  73. Both the tutorial and the giveaway are really generous! I was just checking out your playlist and I love every song that you listen to! :)
    Have a great weekend!! -Michelle

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  74. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial Heather! They sure are gorgeous :)

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  75. You make it sound so easy peasy!

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  76. So adorable and so SPRING! Thanks for the tute as well - I'm excited to make hexi flowers!

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  77. LOVE these, Heather! So cute! So many of my favorite things: linen, hexies, flowers, and FMF! Woot! Might have to dig into my own stash and whip up a few of these, um, if I don't win one here, that is!

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  78. Great tutorial--thanks! I've been making hexies like mad, in hopes of someday putting them together as a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. Having a use for them in the present tense will help my motivation immensely. And thanks for the giveaway, too.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  79. So cute. I am making a bunch of hexies for a grandmother garden quilt, i think it would be fun to make these as well. they would look a lot better than my current coasters.

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  80. I love hexies, but who doesn't? :)

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  81. I'm loving the retro colors! I'm gonna go find me an avocado green coffee mug when I win and some Tang for my juice glass coaster too!

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  82. So cute! I have a bunch of hexies waiting for a project, this looks like a great place to start!

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  83. Your muggy goodness is so desirable! Please send one to me!

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  84. love the hexs i really need to try it! would love to win one!

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  85. Cute mug rugs! It seems like the perfect way to try new techniques. I've been wanting to try hexies but not some major project. Lol

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  86. you'd save me a couple of hours of work if I could win these! :)
    then I could get some wips done instead of drooling over these wanting to make them right away!

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  87. I hope I'm not too late. I love your mug rugs! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  88. I love the natural colors in these mug rugs.

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  89. I've been meaning to make a mug rug to cheer up my workspace for ages, but haven't had enough time since going back to work - oh the irony! I'd love to win this!

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  90. Love this super cool mug rug! Well done!

    Have a super great sewing day.

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  91. Hexies are the best! I love how you used it.

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  92. I love this rug mat. Those little hexies make me smile.

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  93. I just love your mug rug and I've been trying to find some hexagon (paper) to make it. The place you use only has a pack of 1200. AND while I do love this hexagon mug rug, do you know how many 1200 paper hexagons would make. I'm not sure I'd live that long. I was wondering if you had another source for the paper hexs. If you get a chance please let me know at bevwalks@aol.com. Thank you so much!!!!!

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  94. Thanks so much! You have the best blog -- thank you so much for all you do...

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