Wednesday, February 16, 2011

One Flower Wednesday Mug Rug

I'm a little late to the mug rug craze, but since today is One Flower Wednesday over at Karen's blog, Journey of a Quilter, I decided to use my flower on a mug rug.  And, since I've been making string blocks and can't seem to get enough of them, I decided to combine the two.  I finally cut into my Fresh Flowers fat quarter stack that you saw a couple of posts ago.  I really love these fabrics.
You may think this is a bit over the top, but I was in the mood to hand quilt something.  I have a lot of quilt tops.  OK, let's be honest; I have a clothes basket heaped full of unquilted tops.  I didn't have anything basted, so I hand quilted this little mug rug.  It has been a long time since I have hand quilted anything, and it was really enjoyable.
These are my two thimbles of choice.  The thimble on the left is my Thimblelady Thimble by Liuxin Newman.  The thimble on the right is my Tommie Lane Thimble.  This one is special because Tommie herself fit this thimble on me at the NQA Quilt Show over in Columbus, Ohio, several years ago.  I really can't decide which one I prefer.  I think the Thimblelady thimble is more comfortable, but I like the way both of them stitch....so I just switch from one to the other. 
I hope all of you are finding some time to do some stitching today!!!!!

20 comments:

Stephanie said...

So cute! Love the combination of the hexagons and the strings.

Barb said...

I have clothes basket full of clothes that need to be folded...HA!!! Love your mug rug, it looks so fun and inviting.

Karen said...

The prettiest mug rug I have every seen! I would use it every Wednesday! ;) Such beautiful thimbles too.

Mama Pea said...

I like your hexies a lot. I don't think it's over the top to hand quilt it. I think it would be great practice. I don't really hand quilt, but I'd like to....I'm a wannabe. I have that Australian gal's hand quilting kit and some of her plastic thimbles like your first one. I am anxious to give her method a go, but I have such little time. Do you use her method? If so, I'm curious how you like it. I have always wanted a Tommie thimble, too. That would be very cool. You lucky girl.

Linda said...

Love the little hexies flowers! You really did a beautiful job on the hand quilting!!

Maria said...

Oh your Mug Rug is really gorgeous. Love the pretty bright colours.
What a cute thinle the little Bootie is.

Wendy said...

Your hexie mug rug is Awesome!!

blauraute said...

Dear LuAnn,
beautiful thimbles. Take time to use your mug rug every day. I love it and I love cappuccino too.
Have a great day
Roswitha

Györgyi Varga said...

Your mugrug is so shiny.Fulfilled with the spirit of spring. Oh, I'm just waiting for spring so much. Have a wonderful week!

Kris said...

It is so relaxing and gratifying sometimes to just sit and sew by hand. Your little mug rug turned out so cute.

Susan said...

Your mug rug is so inspirational. I must make a few more myself.
Aren't TJ Lane thimbles just the best?

MARIA said...

Thanks for your message. Your blog is really beautiful, so they are your works.
I' ll read you.
Kisses, from Madrid, Mª José (majogogna)

Angelcat said...

I LOVE your mug rug :)

Kathy said...

What a lovely mug rug and it looks beautiful being hand quilted. The thimbles both look very elegant.

Margaret said...

LuAnn, thanks for leaving a message on my blog! These little mug rugs are becoming the rage. A lot of our local ladies can't stop making candle mats. (Like eating peanuts....)

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Very clever LuAnn! What a wonderful idea as another use for hexie's. Thanks for sharing.

:) Carolyn

Pokey said...

What a Sweet mug rug! I hope no one bumps your cappuccino over, lol (it would be tea in mine) Really, I love the bright, happy colors and the hexie flower. I may try this one, Luann!

I think those thimbles are wonderful. How cool is that, to have a metal one personally fitted to your own finger?
:-}pokey

Threeundertwo said...

I'm still trying to figure out the mug rug phenomenon. Seems like a perfect way to showcase a little block and some hand stitching though. You did such a beautiful job. I love hexagons.

Cheryl Allison of Dots Charm said...

The mug rug is adorable. I love the colors, and I see you are putting your hexies to good use. :)

Kathryn D. Duke said...

love this rug mug!!! good idea.

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