Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tea with Frosty!

It finally looks like Christmas here in Minnesota. We had our first real snowfall last Sunday night, it was a real nightmarish drive into work for my hubby Monday morning. (3 plus hours!) But the magical white outside inspired me to work on a new pattern for the holidays. A sweet mug rug! Tea with Frosty is sure to delight anyone on Santa's list! Let me show you how quickly this went together! I bet you have fabric in your stash you could use right now! For the background and backing all you need is a fat quarter!
I start out with an 8" x 10" fabric rectangles for the front and backing. I also cut an 8" x 10" piece of batting.

I then trace all my applique pieces onto my heat n bond lite, iron them onto my fabric and then cut them all out. I follow the design placement sheet on where to put everything. Some of the elements will overlap.

After I iron everything in place I pin the front, batting and backing together.
As I do my applique stitch, it will also quilt my mug rug at the same time.

Belvedere is sure keeping an eye on me as I stitch away.

Here you can see me stitching away....

I'm ready to sew on my binding. I didn't quilt the background but if you want it will add a special touch to your mug rug.

After I stitch my binding in place I then sew on the buttons to embellish the Tea with Frosty mug rug. I use pearl cotton to embroider Frosty's eyes and mouth.

All ready to surprise someone on my gift list!
I've been trying to sneak in some sewing time in the afternoons. I don't always make it down to the studio, but it is so peaceful when I do. It's sorta nice to unplug and work on some Christmas projects. Belvedere is getting used to hanging out with me in the studio. I can usually find him tucked under my desk. 

Have a wonderful day!
Happy Quilting,


  1. Belvedere looks like a perfect companion for sewing that cute block!

  2. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netMonday, 11 December, 2017

    I am in the process of making a wall quilt for one of our granddaughters who goes to Murray State in Kentucky. Their team is the Racers, so the quilt has 4 horse heads on it. I usually to pieced quilts and not appliqué quilts. What kind of batting did you use. I would love to quilt as I edge stitch all the pieces. Do you have any hints?

  3. Cute mug rug. Belvedere looks like a much calmer sewing companion than my Bobbin.

  4. Cindy I used your Magic Binding technique on my latest wll quilt and I may never hand sew binding again. Thanks for sharing! I think the mug rug above is darling but how do I get the pattern to trace? Merry Christmas!

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  6. I too love the mug rug, and am wondering how you get the pattern?