Mug Rugs Thru the Year – October Pattern


I seem to be on a theme of Halloween Cats! (see my post on the Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging here).

I really like the look of projects that combine piecing with stitchery, but put a cat on it and it’s almost irresistible. This Mug Rug Pattern was fun and relatively easy to complete.  I finished the stitchery in a couple of evenings while watching TV.  It is primarily done using a stem stitch with a little bit of satin stitching thrown in.  Piecing the block and putting everything together took almost no time at all.  If you are looking for a small project that can be completed in a short amount of time this is a great one to work on.


I chose 3856 Mirage-Antique as the background for my stitchery, 3889 Mirage-Curry and 6854 Spiral Dots-Pumpkin (from the Prim Hollow collection) for the block, and 3908 Solid-Black  for the border and binding.  I wanted to keep the quilting simple so I just did an outline around the stitchery, but for the churn dash I started with stitch in the ditch and then went around it again just about 1/4″ inside to outline it.


I really love the way it turned out!  I don’t think I would ever be able to bring myself to put a mug on it!  Right now I have this hanging up on the wall in my work cubicle right next to pictures of my granddaughter.



  1. Ann - July 10, 2014

    Cute embroidery pattern and the Spiral Dots fabric is one of my favorites. I too have become a fan of small projects with handwork. It feels so good to finish something with our busy lives!

  2. Linda Christianson - July 11, 2014

    What fun! Looks like a good idea to use odd or sample blocks.