The big question is: will my partner like this Spring Mug Rug? Fingers crossed because it is travelling her way in a parcel with quite a few goodies and I have absolutely no idea what her favourite style/s are. Hopefully she will like this combination of spring colours and embroidery:
The fabric is Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, a mini charm I was so lucky to win, thanks to my friend Mara at Secretly Stitching.
The pattern for the appliqué is by the Italian Queen of country style appliqué Veronica Ferrari. She blogs at Veronica Country Life and this year is hosting a very successful national Mistery QAL. Veronica is always so generous with her ideas and she kindly agreed to me showing and writing about her appliqué. This is her free pattern: originally for making a "membership badge" to recognise friends of the Mystery QAL during what is probably the most important craft trade fair in Italy, Abilmente Vicenza.
The appliqué is so fun I decided to use it for my secret partner's mug rug and Ella drew out the writing for me to embroider. The sewing machine thread is supposed to look as though it's quilting the patchwork side of the mug rug. What do you think? I had forgotten how relaxing it is to embroider.
Hope you enjoy the Zakka style Spring Mug Rug and the goodies coming your way, partner!
I really like making mug rugs, that's one reason why I decided to join Fort Worth Fabric Studio's swap. I made some a while ago using laminates and posted about them here and here.
And you can find the tutorial for this Folding Heart Mug Rug here, if you're curious.
Don't miss the FWFS Mug Rug Show and Tell. So many wonderful Mug Rugs to have a look at and inspire new makes! I'm so looking forward to finding out which one is for me!
Thank you Lindsey and Fort Worth Fabric Studio for organising this lovely swap!