As Valentine’s approaches, we start thinking of small projects that will add love cheer to our homes. Since this fun holiday occurs in the middle of winter, the bright red and pink colors boost our mood. If you live in an area of the country that does not get much sun in the winter, then this fun project may help bring you out of the winter doldrums.
Landauer Publishing has a great pattern to make this Valentine’s Mug Rug. I decided to post the FREE instructions on my Facebook Page and after seeing how interested everyone was decided to make a video (At the Bottom of this article).
The instructions do include a list of materials. Seeing that the heart portion is made with freezer paper I decided to make a change. Recently, my good friend Nancy introduced me to the Hugs N Kisses Applique Paper. Nancy makes a lot of quilts and table toppers that involve applique. After years of burning her fingers trying to iron wet freezer paper, she discovered this amazing product.
What makes this applique paper amazing?
- Stabilizes the fabric
- You can machine or hand stitch through the paper
- You do not need to remove it once you have stitched your design
- Water Soluble
- Semi-Transparent for easy tracing
- InkJet Compatible
So how would you use the applique paper? You can use it in needle turn applique, English paper piecing, wool applique or any product that uses freezer paper.
The Valentine Mug Rug
Typically I do not order much Valentine’s fabric for the shop. Fortunately, my rep from dropped off a sample card of Valentine fabric from Riley Blake. Honestly, I do not make projects for Valentine’s, but this year I decided I would try to decorate a little more.
In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
3 percent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.
About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card-sending time of the year
After gathering my 6″ Log Cabin Trim Tool and cutting the fabric strips I proceeded to make the block. As a side note, I changed from using regular batting to using the Quilters Dream Fusible batting. Their batting makes its way into all my table runner and table topper projects. Not only does it provide stability, it does so without gumming up my needle when quilting through it. A superior product in my humble opinion. The Hugs N Kisses paper was easy to trace over and then fuse to the fabric squares. Following the rest of the directions for flipping and turning, I realized the entire process from start to finish took about 30 minutes. Not too bad for a little fun holiday decoration.
If you look closely at the top of the heart, you will notice how smooth the curve of the semi-circle appears. This is strictly due to the Hugs N Kisses paper. Using freezer paper here would not have allowed a smooth curve. When you watch the video, take note of the curve trimming technique I mention to help get that smooth curve.
Are you ready to try this yourself? Event if you do not have the 6″ Log Cagin Trim Tool you can still make this Valentine Mug Rug.
Here is the video to help you along. Be sure to comment below if you made one and enjoyed making this project.