Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Heart Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am linking up with A Rural Journal
for their
 1st Annual
Valentine's Day Boost My Blog Party!

Welcome to my Scrapatch!

For you for Valentine's Day, I am sharing my
Heart Mug Rug Tutorial

This is a scrappy 16 patch block.  My squares are 2.5"
Layout the squares.
Chain piece into pairs.
Cut into pairs.
Chain piece together pairs into 4 strips.
Do Not Cut the thread that holds the chain together!
This will keep your strips aligned. :)

Fold one strip over the next and sew.
Fold seams up and down and nest as you sew.
Back of 16 patch with seams folded and sewn in opposite directions.
front of 16 patch block
use freezer paper to make your shape and quilting template
fold and cut and heart shape
Sandwich your pressed block
with batting and a backing square
and press the freezer paper heart template
with the plastic coated side DOWN onto the top of your block. 
stitch around freezer shape with your walking foot
cut heart shape just outside your stitching line
 ready to quilt
I quilted smaller hearts  within this shape by cutting down my freezer paper template
to smaller hearts for each round.
 Cut the same freezer paper template smaller.

stitch around each smaller heart shape
have your kitty quilty inspector checking your work as you go.

I made five mugs rugs reusing the freezer paper templates
and they can be saved and used again for another project.

cut 1.5 inch strip of binding fabric. 
I did not cut on the bias and it eased around the curves nicely
start at the bottom point leaving a tail over the edge of about an inch on one side and machine stitch slowly 
around the curves holding the fabric loosely to the edge ... no need to pin

when you get to the top point,
stop and back stitch
make a fold and tuck toward stitched side
press needle down on other side of the fold aligning carefully
I like to put in one pin at the point to mark where where the needle should be inserted and remove the pin to press needle down
resume sewing the binding to the other half of the heart easing as you go around the curve. At the bottom lift the end up, fold the starting strip down and set the end over this point and stitch over it to close the seam

 double fold to cover raw edges and pin

also use one pin to hold the top fold over onto the backing
start stitching at the bottom point

stitch around the curve turning under the raw edge as you go
You could do this with you machine. 
I like to hand sew the binding to the back
 remove pin and stitch the top and continue on around the other side

My Heart Mugs Rugs!

I have really enjoyed making these mug rugs as gifts for my friends.

One of these may be a Gift For You!
as my
Valentine's Day Boost Your Blog
For the chance to win one of my Pink & Green Heart Mug Rugs, please leave me one lovely comment to make my day happy. 

You do not need to be a follower to win. 

I will send my mug rug anywhere in the world.

Please be sure that I have a way to contact you by email to tell you that you have won and to get your mailing address.

For a second chance to win, be a follower and leave a second comment telling me you are.

This Giveaway will close at Midnight EST on Sunday, February 17th.

I will pick a winner using a random number generator and will announce
the winner on Monday, February 18th.
Good luck!
Thanks to Lisa and Nancy for hosting this Blog Party!
Thank you for visiting me in the Scrapatch!
 (hint ... if you read down the next post, you will find the prototype of these mug rugs in another giveaway ;)
Have a Happy Heart Day!


  1. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial!

  2. I am visiting from the BMB party and hitting the quilting blogs first ( not the best seamstress here but I do quilt a bit and seam rip alot! :) I TOO HAVE A KITTY INSPECTOR ! :) Love your tutorial and am bookmarking this blog to come back to ....happy valentines day! :)

  3. Thanks for a great tutorial. This is a must for me. The tutorial is very, very clear - thanks!

  4. I love this tutorial. Thanks to the hosts for offering this link up so I could find you!

  5. thanks for this great tutorial -- I have never tried a shaped border and think that I could apply this technique easily. Hope you have a great Valentines day.

  6. I love the tutorial. Thank you!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  7. I'm a follower
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! I'm already a follower, but I have enjoyed visiting today. I love the picture of your supervising kitty. Reminds me of our sweet Maine Coon we used to have. Your hearts turned out splendidly! And I love the colors!

  9. Thanks so much for the tutorial, especially the photos on how you made the binding fit around the sharp angles - very helpful! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

  10. Yes, I'm a follower via google reader.

  11. Your pot holders are absolutely adorable!!! I've pinned your post so I can go back and make a few of my own :*) Of course, I'm hoping I win one of yours so I'll have a real, live example *hint*!!!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  12. I'm visiting from the Boost-My-Blog Party!
    Happy Valentines' Day! May your day be filled and overflowing with LOVE!

  13. I'm a regular follower. I love this tutorial! Thank you so much for this I learn a lot when people post things like this.. AWESOME! I wish there were more tutorials like this on blogs :) Thank you so much.

  14. Excellent tutorial!! I think these are just the cutest, and wouldn't one look cute on my daughter's desk at work?? Thanks so much for sharing! ~karen

  15. Great tutorial! I love pink and green together! Thanks for the LOVE-ly giveaway!

  16. Thanks for the great tutorial! As I commented on a different post of yours last week, my maiden name is Valentine so anything with a heart makes me smile :-).

    Great tip about not cutting the chains and I was sold when you said "no pins" for the binding!" I was planning to make a mug rug as a birthday gift for my daughter's teacher... I think it will need to be a heart shape :-).

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  17. I'm also a follower. Can't wait to see what you make next!

  18. I LOVE your heart mug rug. You did a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  19. What a great tutorial, very clearly explained and your mug rugs are just too durn cute! I love your kitty inspector too! Visiting from the BMB Party, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment! :)

  20. Oh, those are darling - green and pink is a lovely combination! I'm glad to know that the binding works just fine without being cut on the bias. Thank you for taking the time to share your tutorial - I'm too late this year, but these would be very sweet on a table runner for next year.

  21. Wow, I love them! Just a great tutorial. You put two super fun colors together. The binding, yours perfect. Thanks for sharing. I so need to try this.

  22. Oh how clever and cute I love this. Thank you for the lesson. It is very cute. Visiting from Valentine blog hop. B

  23. visiting via BMB Party and am following you; this is a great tutorial and I'd like to try it, thanks!

  24. These are wonderful! Such a great tutorial for these as well. Thank you for sharing with us.

  25. i love that you cat is watching. too cute. what a great project. hey, i hopped over from Boost-My-Blog Party! nice to meet ya. have a great <3 Day!! big hugs. ( :

  26. i'm a new follower - have a great thursday. ( :

  27. What a wonderful idea and I love the combination of fabrics you used

  28. Im a BYB visitor.........all be it I quite forgot it was happening!! duhh
    Thanks for the great tutorial, how lovely to make these heart shaped too! Just delightful!

  29. Thank you for this lovely tutorial. They are adorable. I love the fabric and would love to win one! You did such a great job with your photos!

  30. I am a fledgling quilter. Thanks for sharing your project. I can't wait to give it a try. I'm stopping by from the Valentine Blog Hop. Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day.

  31. I would love to win. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  32. Well, aren't those the sweetest little rugs? You did a perfect job on them. Your tutorial was done very nicely and easy to understand as well.

    Thanks so much for joining us at the BMB party. :)

  33. Love your mug rugs. Thank you for the tutorial.

  34. I'm a follower of yours via GFC.

  35. Great tutorial. I will be making these in the future.
    I'd love to win one for myself :-)

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

  36. These are just plain adorable! Thanks for sharing your creative process.

  37. I am a new follower and am really looking forward to seeing your projects.

  38. Love your mug rug! They all are wonderful!

  39. Great job on the mug rugs AND the tutorial!

    I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

  40. These are so cute!! The tutorial was awesome. I really liked the binding part! I'll have to try making some of these for my friends. I think hearts are nice all year long. I really liked the fabric you used too--different than just the usually red and white mix.

  41. I'm a faithful follower. :) Love your quilting helper--pretty kitty.

  42. I love mug mats, kinda addicted really.

  43. Thanks for showing us how you make your cute mugrugs!

  44. OOOOPS! I missed my second chance entry for your great mug rugs. So here it is!!!!!Crossing my fingers for a lucky number.

  45. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

  46. Thanks to all who have stopped by my blog and left lovely comments about my mug rugs and tutorial. These are fun to make. I have used a similar binding method for round shapes that has worked well.

    The Boost My Blog Party was much fun and I look forward to visiting with my new blog friends all year and to next year's blog event.

    This giveaway is now closed. Time to pick a winner! Good luck everyone!

  47. I love your Heart Mug Rug's. I have 5 granddaughters and 2 daughters, I hope to make these for them for Valentine's Day, they will love them!!


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