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Origami Pinwheel mug rugs: A tutorial

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I love HSTs and then I love charm squares. That need not be mentioned again. You guys know it by now! I have said it a hundred times and more, then again, just one more time… :)

I am participating in 2 mug rug swaps and wanted to send my partners some really colourful, spring type mug rugs. While I was browsing through Pinterest, I chanced upon these lovely pinwheels and wanted to make a few. The only challenge being, mine had to be 5″ square. As an experiment I cut all my fabric in 5″ square.

Fabric Requirement for one Mug Rug:
2 charm squares in printed fabric(mine has flowers)
2 charm squares in a single solid(mine are in magenta)
4 charm squares in a neutral solid colour for the base
10 X 10″ batting (I used flannel)
10 X 10″ backing in a solid colour

Process
1. Start by placing one solid charm square on a printed one, right sides together.
2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of fabric.
3. Sew 2 parallel lines on either side of the diagonal line at a distance of 0.25″ and cut on the diagonal line.
4. Press fabric on wrong side, with extra fabric folding onto darker side fabric. Trim the little dog ears at the end.
5. Similarly make all the 4 HSTs.Turn at the diagonal and press the triangle .

Here are the lovely colourful HSTs. I am making 4 mug rugs in different colours and hence the bunch of candies :)

Pinwheel 1

6. Take a neutral charm square(right side up) and align the folded triangle on it such that the corners align. Fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle and pin.
7. Do this will all 4 HSTs and neutral fabric. Arrange and check.
8. You can arrange to get a right facing or left facing pinwheel as per requirement(yellow is facing left in the snap below)
9. Join the squares.I typically align the seams in opposite direction to ensure the points align well and there is no bulk at the joints.

Pinwheel 2

10. Prepare the mug rug will lining the top, batting and lower fabric.I lined the pinwheels with a little running stitch in Perle 8 (red) so its contrasting for some and matching with the solid fabric in others. So I get variety and see how each one looks.
11. While pinning, ensure your pins are away from the Pinwheel as they help hold the batting and rear fabric. Also, it doesn’t interfere with your embroidery. Take the border of the Pinwheel as a guide and complete the embroidery ensuring its through all the 3 layers as its the only quilting that the mug rug will have.

Pinwheel 3

Pinwheel 4

Bind and complete the mug rug!!
I tried double binding with 1.5″ straight bias, wanted it to be narrow and tight when folded.

Hope you like the tutorial. Please drop me a line so I can hop over and see if you make a few of them.The idea is to document for self, as I tend to forget the process and not to reinvent the wheel :)

What the kid learns!!
My little one learnt about pinwheels, made some origami paper pinwheels while I sewed my mug rugs and we a read a bit about windmills in general.We went through some holiday snaps when we had spotted windmills during our journey.
With each project I try to ensure that he learns something as well :)

Chevron quilt top

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This quilt top is modeled after the Mod Chevron baby Quilt by Rashida Coleman Hale. Keeping to the tradition of adding a little ‘me’ into everything I do, the quilt top has been made using a layer cake of 10×10″ pieces. So each quilt block is achieved by joining the HSTs and measures around 9.5″ square.

The quilt is composed of 6×8 quilt blocks and would measure around 60×80 when completed.

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What is really cool about the quilt top is that it uses fabric from my stash :) Not a single piece is bought from the store and I am really really happy about it.

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Here the quilt top lies on my balcony railing. With the rain clouds on the horizon, its impossible to get a bright snap outside.

Linking it to WIP Wednesday and Lets be social and Anything goes Monday!

A quilt for my sister

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A proud moment when I finally completed my quilt and gifted it to my sister, 2 days after her birthday and a year+a month after her first anniversary :)
A quilt was scheduled for her wedding but I never could muster enough courage to attempt a large quilt.This is the first full-size quilt that I have attempted and successfully completed. Am so proud of it. Herez my lovely sis and the little one modelling the quilt at her house beside the beach :)

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And a thumbs up to a lot more on the anvil !!

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A hand quilted bag

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Last evening a friend, Kausalya made a wonderful pouch with ribbon embroidery. I absolutely loved the pouch she made and on being appreciated she set me up for a healthy challenge: If I made a bag in a day then the pouch would be mine :)
I pounced at the opportunity but what could I possibly make in a day!!

First was of course, a choice of fabric and I decided to use the red fabric that I had won in another challenge from her. Very appropriate for the occasion…

Mosaic Tile A

Then the bag construction per se…

Recently I seem to be obsessing over the quilt block from the Mosaic Block Quilt along. First I made this quilt top, then I made some cushions from the left over quilt blocks and in the same week I tried some more cushions(more on that later!) and now a tote :)

Its made of basic blocks of 8X8″ in red and 8X4″ with 15.5X4″ of grey.

Mosaic Tile B

The bright red is just right for the Valentine’s week!

Mosaic Tile C

The bag is hand quilted with running stitch in Anchor Perl 8- Red and quilted with thin batting which I bought from another friend Shanaz for the quilt top…

Linking it to the Mosaic quilt Along !

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A set of colourful winter coasters

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Why do I call them winter coasters? Because, they are made of wool…summers are so hot here, I would possibly faint at the mention of wool :)

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I will be undertaking the daunting task of starting an afghan, a real full sized afghan.This is the first time I am attempting a large crochet project. And, knowing my love for double crochet, call it a near obsession, I found myself the retro circle tutorial at the Three beans in a pod absolutely beautiful.

I tried a few coasters just to get a hang of the pattern before I jump head long into the afghan project(with a little variation, of course)…absolutely love the fact that all DCs from row 2 to 5 are in the back loop. It leaves a lovely ridge on top that makes the whirls of Dc stand out in concentric rings :)

Round 1: A magic circle
Round 2: Chain 3, marking the 1st DC(double crochet) and then 11 more. Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =12 stitches

Round 3: Chain 3, marking the 1st double crochet, 1 DC in the same stitch, continue with 2 DC in each of the base chains. Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain. Total =24 stitches

Round 4: Chain 3,marking the 1st DC.1 DC in same chain.2 DC in the next,continuing with 2 DC in every alternate chain, and 1 in every alternate(so 1DC,2 DC, 1DC,2DC…). Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =36 stitches

This is where my pattern deviates from that of Adele:

Round 5:Chain 3,marking the 1st DC.1 DC in same chain.2 DC in the next,continuing with 2 DC in every alternate chain and 1 in every alternate(so 1DC,2 DC, 1DC,2DC…).Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =52 stitches
Change colour here.

Round 6:Chain 3,marking the 1st DC.1 DC in each chain after this and continue till last chain in the ring.Close with a slip stitch onto the 3rd chain.Total =52 stitches

Linking this to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric addict!

A friend in town

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Recently friends have been moving out from town and making me feel miserable as I pull myself together to sew them some goodies. However, recently a new one moved in to town. She, of course, came in and then became a friend.
Recently she had a house warming party and I made these quick coordinated polka dotted hot pads. She loved them and so did I.

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