Machine Embroidery is a nice way to add embellishment to a mug rug, a quilt or even towels. I needed to make some mug rugs. So I decided to use the embroidery machine to make them instead of piecing. The truth is, piecing would have been faster. Still I do like what I came up with.
For the first one I chose to use a design I got from Marjorie at B-Quilts. I realized once I started that I didn't have a die with the 1" circle so I had to cut those by hand. Oops, mine were not perfect so there are some bits that stick out beyond the embroidery. (Note to self -see if you can get one of those dies.)
The larger circles are cut with the AccuQuilt GO! Circle die.
The third one needed a honeybee. I looked through my design library and could not find a honeybee. I didn't want to buy another design since I am attempting to learn digitizing. So I sat down and digitized this little bee. It is not as great a design as I wanted it to "bee" but it works.
All of the other designs are programed into my embroidery machine. (They came pre-installed.)
My edge finishes are quirky to be nice about it. Still I think these are cute mug rugs.
What is your favorite way to make a mug rug? Do you like the embroidered ones?
Oh yes. there is a giveaway at Hilachas (I love that name) Blog You could win one of two sets of 6 fat quarters. But I want the Jungle Fever ones...okay?