Hand Quilted Mug Rug – Kaffe Fabrics

Bold floral hand quilted mug rug

For April’s Aurifil Artisan challenge, the task was to use a provided Kaffe Fassett fabric and coordinating Aurifil threads in our project. I’ll be the first to admit that Kaffe fabrics aren’t my usual go-to when quilting, but this big floral print caught my eye and the gears started turning. I turned my fabric into a hand quilted mug rug and I’m so pleased with the outcome.

First, I started by cutting a 7″ x 9″ rectangle of the floral fabric and basting it to batting. I didn’t add a backing, because I knew with a backstitch, the back wasn’t going to be pretty, so my plan was to add a backing after the stitching was complete to hide the back of the stitches.

Kaffe Fassett Fabrics
hand quilting a mug rug with Aurifil thread

I pulled out all my coordinating Aurifil 12 weight threads and started stitching along the lines in the flowers, using the closest color thread I had. Instead of a running stitch, I used a backstitch to create the lines of stitching. A backstitch allowed me to completely cover up the lines in the fabric with my stitches, or as close as I possibly could.

I chose to add more stitches in certain areas than others to create depth and interest, adding more thread colors and stitching as I went along. This project evolved, and was so much fun to work on at night in front of the tv. Once I had finish hand quilting, I sewed the stitched piece to a second piece of fabric, right sides together, then turned it right side out. I decided not to bind this in the usual way because I didn’t want to detract from the flowers and the stitching. I stitched the small opening from turning it right side out closed with a ladder stitch.

This hand quilted mug rug finishes at 6.25″ x 8.25″, making it the perfect size for a mug of coffee and an accompanying treat! It is so bright and fun, and yet small enough to be a great statement piece on my living room coffee table. Overall, this hand quilted mug rug was a great challenge for me, since it pushed me to create something outside of my comfort zone, and I’m so pleased with the result.

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A mug rug made with a bold floral fabric
Kaffe Fassett hand quilted mug rug

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