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Flowers or Windmills?!

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Hey everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good week? We had an early half-term so managed a short break away, which was lovely but involved quite a bit of the white stuff!!!!

hilst away I finished off the binding on a mug rug for a swap that I signed up to a little while ago. I’d had lots of different ideas and found out that my swapee likes red and teal. So….ta-dah! What do you think?

Experimenting with applique and free motion quilting on small projects like mug rugs

My inspiration was flower heads nodding in the breeze on a hill top. I used Lynne’s tutorial to create the curved grassy hill. I used a small piece of red fabric backed with bondaweb and cut it into randomly sized triangular pieces which I placed on my background and ironed into position once I was happy with the placement.

Initially, I had been going to free machine quilt around each of the petals but they were so small, and I could see that they were going to fray easily that I decided to zig-zag with small stitches around each of them, before then zig-zagging a flower stem with a wider stitch.

Experimenting with applique and free motion quilting on small projects like mug rugs

I decided to have a bit of fun with the quilting and for the sky, I went with some small stippling. For the grass though, you can see I went a little bit crazy! I started off with the idea of McTavishing which then evolved into a leaf-type shape, which I think works quite well? It took quite a lot longer than I was expecting though!  

Hopefully, my swappee will like it and it suits her taste! I’m pleased with how it’s come out but am not sure if they look more like windmills than flowers (Little Girl when asked said both!)?! And it’s the perfect size for both a cup of tea and some chocolate dinosaurs!!!!!!

Experimenting with applique and free motion quilting on small projects like mug rugs

It’s a day late but I’m going to link up with Beth’s Let’s Get Acquainted,

See you all soon,

S x

Today’s sky ● bright blue and spring like!

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