I found this cute panel fabric ages ago, and the last Project Quilting challenge of this year is a great time for me to use it!
This week’s PQ challenge is “Craving Chocolate”. I don’t know about you, but when I crave a yummy piece of chocolate, a cup of coffee isn’t far behind. And the chocolaty browns in the panel make me think of a delicious mocha coffee. Mmmm! Chocolate AND coffee…my mouth is watering already.
To make this coffee & chocolate mug rug, I used my EQ8 computer program to design a simple flying geese paper piecing pattern and printed a bunch of them on a single piece of paper. I like using a newsprint-weight paper. Then I pulled some fabrics from my stash and got to work.
Here’s a photo (above) of sewing the very first seam on the paper piecing template…always the hardest part. I find it takes a few seams before I get into my “paper-piecing rhythm” going.
A couple seams under my belt, and here (above photo) I’m folding back the paper on the seam line to trim the fabric to 1/4″ so I can add the next piece of fabric.
And here’s one of the final blocks (above)… very cute … time to get busy–more to make!
If I trim the panel just a bit across the top and bottom, the strip of flying geese (once they’re all sewn together) should fit perfectly on the side.
After trimming, sewing on the strip of flying geese and border, it’s ready to sandwich up for some machine quilting. I’ll outline the hearts, coffee cups, and do some additional straight stitching.
All that’s left to do is the binding. I like to sew a 1-1/2 inch strip of single binding to the front & fold and hand sew it to the back. It takes longer, but it just looks so much better than my attempts to finish the binding completely by machine.
And here it is! Ready to enter for this week’s challenge. And for sale in my ETSY SHOP: Mulberry Patch Quilts! 🙂
And a close-up of the little flying geese…
I hope you’ll get the chance to join in on the fun and VOTE for your favorite entries this week on the LAST Project Quilting Challenge of this season. Just follow the link, scroll down to the bottom, and click on the little heart in the upper right hand corner of each of the thumbnail photos that you like best. You’ll probably get about ten votes.
Voting begins Sunday afternoon (3/23/19) and goes through sometime Friday (3/30/19). Hope one of your votes is for me (hint-hint).
Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING