Partridge Mug Rug
7.18.2016

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Our Partridge Mug rug shown here is made from the collection, Grace. Perfect in blue, and the partridge is offering a branch of peace to the receiver. What a lovely thought, eh?

This is a simple construct with just two pieces of fabric to make up the base, and the appliqué which can be done quickly with fusible. The blue base is quilted in a simple crosshatch. The quilting on the partridge side is simply stitch-in-the-ditch. All easily executable on a domestic machine.

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I thought speaking from the beginning idea would be an interesting read to share with you and how the design is born.

Creating the partridge was fun and anytime I work with an organic design it begins with circles. A number of circles are laid together to create the initial shape and then joined together. Once joined, it is then manipulated and smoothed into a more detailed image.

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Once the image is in it’s final, desired form, it’s copied, resized, and placed on a base that is the actual size of the mug rug. This gives me the actual size of the partridge appliqué pieces.

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Then a drawing is created for the entire project with color to separate and identify each separate piece before placing fabric tiffs. Colors chosen at this stage are not particularly important. Having distinctly different colors are for fabric placement.

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Here fabric tiffs are auditioned in each piece with the above drawing as the final choice. This image quite often is placed on the pattern and it is also used as a guide for sewing the project.

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17 comments

  1. Stephanie - July 18, 2016

    So cute. It made me think right away of the 12 Days of Christmas and how fun it would be to make these in all 12 days of Christmas elements.

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    • Mari - July 18, 2016

      Stephanie, I know! Wouldn’t it?! I thought of that too but quickly let it go, LOL!

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  2. Agnes - July 18, 2016

    It’s really great of you to share your thought and design process.

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    • Mari - July 18, 2016

      Thank you Agnes! I thought some might be curious as to how appliqué templates are made.

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  3. Amanda Best - July 18, 2016

    Very cute! This would be a perfect little gift.

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    • Mari - July 18, 2016

      Thank you Amanda! And, thank you for sharing your comment here!

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  4. Sam - July 19, 2016

    I think I have enough Christmas scraps to make these. Great for the holidays

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    • Mari - July 19, 2016

      Sam, I bet you do! It is quite small and doesn’t take hardly any fabric at all! Enjoy!

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  5. JoAnn - July 19, 2016

    Thanks this is a neat gift for sewers so their mug does not harm fabric with drops 🙂

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    • Mari - July 19, 2016

      JoAnn, so happy you like it! Hope you enjoy making it! I thought it would be a great gift.

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  6. Stephanie Dunphy - July 19, 2016

    Clever and I love the rounded corners.

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    • Mari - July 19, 2016

      Thanks Stephanie!

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  7. Kathie Travis - July 19, 2016

    Not to be mean but I think there is a typo in the title

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    • Mari - July 20, 2016

      Kathie, gosh, that’s not mean at all! Thank you for letting me know! It’s fixed and I’m grateful for your comment.
      Mari

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  8. Sheila Craft - August 1, 2016

    Stephanie, what a great idea!

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  9. Monica - August 19, 2016

    Where can I find the pattern for this? Is there a link?

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    • Mari - August 22, 2016

      Hello Monica, the pattern is in the book, Fast, Fun, and More Gifty. Just go to the connectingthreads.com website and search using the number 46386. Thank you for your question!!!

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