Saturday, 23 January 2016

Neutral, kind of

I was invited to a supper the other day and wanted to bring something handmade, and a friend of mine recommended mugrugs - two of them – in neutrals if I wasn’t familiar with their colour preferences.

Finished mugrugs

Right. Neutrals. Not my usual palette is it. However, I had some scraps from the iQuilt, and stitched a few neutral-ish pieces together. They looked rather dull, so I made a cut in each of them and inserted a strip of brown to create a tree trunk.



I quilted horizontal lines, free motion stitched branches and bark, and added a neutral binding. Almost done, it begged for some colour, so I made little dots with Promarkers all over the brances. 

They didn’t really show much, so I drew circles around them to make them pop; first one round, then another. You can see the difference between one and two rounds, one round on the bottom mugrug.



Still rather neutral, I’d say, but a bit more fun.





The first time I made mugrugs was back in 2007 when a fellow guild member requested small quilts which she could sell with old mugs at a market. She was raising money for an orphanage, so I was happy to dig into my scrap boxes. I apologise for the quality of the pictures, it was 2007 after all.



There were flowers





and a summer scene



and a winter scene



and a cat



and happy scrappy ones




and of course, a mug.



It was so much fun, I should make more mugrugs more often indeed!



I am curious; what is your go-to-hostess gift?

3 comments:

  1. Usually hot pads. But I've done a couple of mug rugs too. Always fun to take something homemade.

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  2. Dina "neutrala" mugrugs är mycket fina, tycker jag.
    Och tack för att Du visar oss en kvalkad av tidigare sydda mugrugs.

    Dollandesign

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  3. Too cute, I love the trees on these new neutral ones. I've a new website by the way corrinegilman.com. Come visit. xox

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