In much of the country, it is going to be much colder than normal with lots of weather warnings. Not a lot of snow in MN this year -- but we will get the sub-zero temperatures. And that is without wind-chill factored it. On days like that, I love to stay inside with a good quilt to work on and some nice warm liquid to ward off the chill that seems to penetrate even the inside of the house.
I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a new mug rug to use with a favorite cup of tea.
Snowflake Mug Rugs
The mug rugs I make are typically 9" x 6". This is a nice size to do a bit of experimenting with a new design or a new concept.
I have been presenting some snowflake ideas to my Masters group this month. In the Masters class we incorporated text in our snowflakes. I promise -- the EQ design presented in this blog post is much simpler than the design concept I shared with them.
On the Design tab, place the checkerboard block on Layer 1 and three snowflake blocks on Layer 2.
Resize and rotate the snowflakes.
A little bit of coloring and you are done.
For an alternate design, delete the pieced block and replace with a single fabric.
On Layer 2 include two of the snowflakes with the circle center.
Use the text tool to add a monogram to each snowflake. I used the font Mr. Rabbit that I obtained from Creative Fabrica a number of years ago.
Pick a bold font from the fonts on your computer. If you need some new fonts, check out the free fonts currently available at Creative Fabrica.
Learn how to draft these two Snowflake Mug Rug quilts in this weeks free video tutorial.
I would love to see your mug rugs. Feel free to post in the Learning EQ Facebook post. I have set up a post for sharing.
I also decided to play with one of my blocks from the TKQ Masters class on Letters and Text. (No instruction provided in this blog post).
TKQ Masters Snowflake Name Designs
This week, Tech Know Quilter Masters members were working on snowflakes that incorporated names (or other text). Check out some of their amazing designs as they created (for the most part) circular quilts.
If you have completed twelve or more months of Tech Know Quilters, you are eligible to join Tech Know Quilters Masters. If this interests you, send me a note and I will provide you more information on the program.
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