I had a number of projects that had to be done this weekend so that they can go in the mail this week. One of them I started at the Quilting Retreat I went to a couple of week's ago hosted by Krista of Poppyprint. My original thought was to make a landscape style mug rug for the Flickr Scrappy mug rug swap. But I got a little carried away, and my end result was just too big to be called a mug rug - but I love how it's turning out, and will finish it off as a wonderful little wall quilt.
But, with this now out of the running as a mug rug, I had to come up with something else. I've been wanting to do more of the fabric weaving like I did on this mini quilt, and thought why not? I grabbed some fabric, sliced away, and then started weaving it. I had a couple of false starts as I didn't like the way the pattern was progressing, but soon sorted it out. In order to hold everything together, I use a really light weight fusible interfacing as a backing, and work on my ironing board. Once I get the weaving done, a quick press with the iron and it doesn't shift around on me. Unfortunately, I was having so much fun, I forgot to stop and take pictures along the way! I decided I'd try cutting a circle in it and appliquing a patch over the back (is this reverse applique?) Then I thought, why don't I try the inverse of that as well? So here are the two versions I came up with
|A lake from outer space?|
These will be going in the mail tomorrow. Then it was time to go back to the mug rugs. They looked kinda neat, but a little too plain. I know, I got that really cool pattern for a Canada Goose in flight awhile back - I think it would be perfect! Found the pattern, and then reduced it by half for the "moon", and came up with these:
A little quilting, bindings on, just need to stitch them down tomorrow night at my local stitching group, and these two will be ready to mail!
Oh, it feels good to be sewing again!