Today I finished the mugs rugs that I was planning to make for the Jazz Night auction to go with the Musical flowers centerpiece that I made. If you missed those posts the info about them are here and here.
I made four coordinating mug rugs and made quarter circles. They do not coordinate as well as I had hoped but could go together or apart, the organizers get to will choose that.
I started with a square at 7″. I then cut it into 2 equal rectangles and stacked them on top of each other. Using my circle cutter I cut out a 4″ half circle from the center. Then cut the rectangle and it’s half circle into 3 1/2″ squares ending with 4 squares and 4 quarter circles from each 7″ square that I started with. This is all still fabric donated from Linda C.
I wanted as little waste of fabric as possible and started with the traditional way to match quarter circles: pin the middle, then both sides and sew. Nothing was matching up and they had tucks and folds in the fabric. I decided to try another approach.
I started with finger pressing the centers of the quarter circle and the outside counterpart.Next I pinned these two parts together on the finger pressed line, right sides together.Then, I would start sewing right in the center of the pinned area to the edge, shifting and matching as I slowly sewed. Ending up with only half of the unit sewn together.
I would then turn the unit over and sew the other half and press. I did not worry about pressing to the dark side as I always do but I pressed each of them to the center.
Next I trimmed each unit and used the corner of the circle as my guide.
I looked at a few options for assembly. I used 4 different fabrics to start with the 7″ squares and ended up with 16 quarter circles and their outer parts. I originally thought I would use one of each of the sets to make 4 identical mug rugs, see image on right, but they did not look very good. I decided to make 2 pairs of identical mug rugs and end up with 4 total. They would still coordinate but not be the same.
I wanted the circle edges and center to line up perfectly so I pinned each point.
Once the two sides were attached I then laid everything out to make sure all was correct. Something was not quite right about one of them. Had to fix that, insert hero seam ripper here.
After I squared everything up to 5 3/4″ square I was on the home stretch!
Onto the quilting. I was originally thinking concentric circle quilting but was running out of time. The design department (the Hubs) suggested I do 3 random circles in assorted sizes. That was what I did, not perfect but it made an interesting design and each was unique. I may need to revisit this design soon.
I decided on the same black binding as the centerpiece and here they are complete!
As a set with the centerpiece and a mug practice run.
Hopefull it will bring our music boosters good money. Art, in all forms, is important for our souls!