Quilt As You Sew Hotpad

Periscope has become one of my favorite places to hang out. I hear my phone notify me of a live broadcast and I flock to see who is sharing and what they have to say. I’ve learned so much and have really felt apart of the Honest Craft Roomies community.

While on one day, Marcia, from Crafty Sewing and Quilting, was sharing a simple hotpad quilt as you go project. We watched her work and listened to her share with us when she announced that she would send the pattern for her hotpad to anyone participating in the scope that day.

I was thrilled! I’ve been wanting to make some small projects just to practice some simple techniques and to improve my quilting. Plus I find that when I have a successfully completed project under my belt, I’m more likely to pick up another project and work on it.

So  I emailed Marcia and received the pattern with a simple request, to tag her on Instagram if I got around to making one. I made sure to do just that and share with you, my readers, my finished hotpad made with my Java set by Deb Strain for Moda. If you want to purchase and use this pattern, check out this link to her Craftsy store for the step-by-step instruction with pictures.

I love the rich colors of this fabric set and I’ve been waiting for a reason to use it again. Having this pattern from Marcia and the itch to work on a quick project for some instant success had me chomping at the bit to go. So I began with some strips, cutting them between 1.5-2.5 inches wide and varying the fabrics. I tried to allow it to build organically with enough variety but with just a touch of organization.

I used a heat resistant batting so that this project can be used as a hotpad or even a mug rug. This was a first for me and while I see its purpose, I may not go out of my way to make sure I have some on hand and might just continue using whatever batting I have available. But it’s nice to know that if I gift this, the batting will protect any surfaces or hands!

After everything was sewn together, it was time to trim the strips down to the batting so that I could fold and bind with the backing fabric. That’s when it happened…

WHOOPS! In my haste to continue working, I snipped my backing fabric. Damn!

Yeah, it’s not supposed to look like that. And try as I might, it would not work for the binding so I ended up trimming it off and going the old fashioned way with my binding. I made a simple double fold bias binding and used a decorative stitch to seal the deal.

Not too shabby! I used a red thread for the quilting and I like the way it came together. It really matched the fabric well. And it came together in under 4 hours. I am bummed I didn’t get the chance to use the backing for the binding but that just means it’s time to give it another go and this time be a little more careful with the trimming.

Thanks Marcia again for sending me the pattern and giving me the opportunity to create my own hotpad!

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Java Stash!

My stash has grown some in the last couple of months. And my latest additions were very themed. I was working on some mug rugs for Mother’s Day and decided what better way to make a mug rug than to incorporate some java and cafe fabrics.

Oooooh Java!Oh la la!

Lucky for me, Moda makes a great set of java inspired fabrics. And I splurged and got the BIG set. When that thing arrived I let it sit for awhile and just stared in awe at its beauty. It was so well organized and there were so many inspiring patterns! And it was so pretty I hated to open it up to use them while at the same time I couldn’t WAIT to cut into some of those great coffee bean patterns.

The bottom fabric is a Deb Strain for Moda in the pattern Bistro. It was PERFECT for the little rugs because if you cut it just right, the wording can stand out like a picture framed.

Using the worded border.

See? Doesn’t it look like I embroidered the words on it? Everyone asked if I had and were pleasantly surprised when I said that no, I had just cut the material perfectly to fit into the rug and make it look like I had hand printed the words espresso and latte.

Oh la la!

And, I added some French Cafe styled prints! I love black/red/white themes so I had fun with this one. And I didn’t even get to cut into the red Eiffel Tower print or the flowery black and white fat quarter on the end. Those I’m saving for another mug rug in the future.

I will say this, picking a theme in fabrics for a project that I am working on helps to encourage me. Working with the java/cafe theme for those mini quilts made to be used under a coffee mug powered me onwards to see what I could come up with using the fabrics I had bought for just this project.

Mother’s Day Java Mug Rugs!

My brain works in mysterious ways.

I tend to get great gift ideas. Like blow your socks off great ideas.

But I get these ideas late without much time to execute these great gift.

This year is no different. I had this fabulous idea to make mug rugs for the mothers in my life.

Of course this would require fabric, planning, cutting, sewing and time. And I had a week…

Sigh…The shipping alone on the fabric took three days so in the end I had four days to make four mug rugs.

But I did it! I stuck with my plan and made four adorable little gifts that each mother raved about! It felt so good to set out a goal, accomplish it and then see the results bring smiles to the faces of the receivers.

Mother's Day Gifts

I made one for The Guys mother, which I posted about earlier. That one I called The Espresso Mug Rug. It came out a square 8×8 and I was impressed with my first go-round.

Espresso Mug Rug

Cute no?

Mitered Corner of Espresso

I struggled a bit with the binding because I felt a full 2 1/2 strip folded down and sewn would be too bulky for such a small project. Well I didn’t take into consideration that my seam allowance would be the same if I didn’t adjust it. And of course, I didn’t so I had to do some trimming to get the binding to fold over properly.


The Cafe Windows Mug Rug

This one I lovingly called The Cafe Windows Mug Rug. I had a fat quarter with these adorable red/black/white squares that looks like little advertisements for different types of coffee drinks you’d buy in a cafe. I got the bright idea that I’d cut four of them out and frame them like little windows.

Cafe Windows

The left side

Not bad overall but I made a few mistakes planning it out. First, I didn’t add a top or bottom border because I wanted it to be more rectangular than square. Because I didn’t give myself an allowance around the squares, I ended up binding over the quilting. You can’t really tell unless you are a quilter and looking at it really closely.

Cup O Joe Mug Rug

This one is the Cuo O Joe Mug Rug. Now this one I both love and hate. I love the quilting on it. I decided to quilt just that inner rectangle. And to do that, I pulled the last stitch in between the layer and anchored it down with a seam across the top and bottom.

But the binding on this one, my oh my, what a pain in the ass. I can’t tell you exactly what I did wrong. All I know is that it’s a mess. I can see it because I know, I was there, but this could have been so much prettier had I taken more time to work out the binding.


Messy messy

I may attempt this one over again and see if I can make it neater.

Beans Mug Rug

Coffee Beans Mug Rug

This last one is my favorite of the bunch because it’s different. Again, the binding is atrocious (Look away all you excellent quilters…LOOK AWAY!!!) but the colors, the quilting and the design are just adorable.

Coffee Beans

So cute!

Yes…I have no words. This one is self explanatory.

In the end I could make a mug rug from start to finish in about 3 hours. At least the length of a full movie with a little added time before and after for prep and clean up.

Mother’s Day… a day to celebrate the women in your life. I happen to be blessed with a fabulous mom and two wonderful grandmothers. All of them have been such big impacts on my life that I was more than happy to make these little rugs. With all the sweat and tears that went into them, I knew it was nothing close to what they’ve gone through for me.

And to add to the happiness of the holiday, I got to spend some of it with a new woman in my life. Someone who knew me as a child and as a friend to her son. Now, we’re both adults and both mothers with a lot in common.

To these women and all the other women in the world in the role as mother (whether by giving birth, adopting or because it’s just your nature to nurture) Happy Mother’s Day everyday. Without all of you, we’d be savage little buggers living a Lord of the Flies kind of life.

We love you!

Side Stitches: Java Mug Rug

I am an avid Googler. Sometimes, that’s to my downfall as I find things I don’t EVER EVER EVER want to see again (for example The Human Centipede…yuck. I won’t even link to that movie). When I Google and find something I didn’t EVER want to know existed, I put myself in Google time-out.

No more Google for you!! says my conscience, The Google Nazi.

But, there is always a good side to everything. And in my case, my Google-fu can bring me lots of wonderful knowledge and great ideas. I’ve learned how to bind a quilt, I’ve found some great companies that sell natural and organic bath and body stuff, and my son and I Google all his big questions like “What makes a planet a planet?” and “What period did the Allosaurus live in?”

Google is also good for introducing you to new quilting projects you just HAVE to try.

As if I need another side stitches project, I decided to attempt my very first mug rug. What is that, you ask? Well check out this post about mug rugs on Two More Seconds.

A mug rug is technically a mini quilt complete with binding and batting. Small and quick to make, they are called mug rugs because they are bigger than a coaster yet smaller than a place mat and make a great parking place for your mug of hot joe in the morning and a muffin.

Of course, I’m Googling things to make and I’m subscribing to quilting sites left and right when I spot my first post about mug rugs. Initially, I thought they were mud rugs and couldn’t for the life of me figure out what to do with a mud rug. Then I received a pleasant email from a quilter saying I should try my hand at making my first “mug” rug for practice on binding and with that, I took to Google.

Oh what a trove of precious treasures I have found!! People LOVE these things! So of course I had to make one myself.


Front of the mug rug

Here is my very first mug rug attempt. Beautiful, no? I’m so pleased with this damn thing that I can’t wait to get home and start the next one. It came out to 8 inches x 8 inches. I wanted to try a binding of a different size so I cut my strips down to 2 inches instead of my previous 2.5 inch binding size. Man, that was a pain in my ass.

Though the slimmer binding looks great with this smaller project, my poor machine struggled to get through the multiple layers and the bunching in the corners because everything was so tight. While I like the look of the slimmer border, I may have to reconsider binding the next one in the same way.


Back of the mug rug

And not that I needed any excuse to buy more material for my stash, I went out and picked up some java themed fabrics from. Got a GREAT deal on eBay for the Moda Java fat quarts set and also bought a French cafe styled bundle to mix and match. And without realizing it, the Moda Full Circle set I already had for my fresh pears table runner mixes in, too! So I was able to use some of those scraps and leftovers in this mug rug.

This went so fast and smoothly I’ll be attempting more this week with different patterns and styles and fabrics. There is just so much versatility I just see endless possibilities. Also come back to view better pictures of the rugs themselves and also of the fabric I bought for this project.