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.
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.
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.
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.
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.