Hey there, quilt lovers! I’m Sondrasa, the creative guru & chief nerd behind the whimsical world of Art Quilts by Design. Picture this: a cozy corner, a warm mug of cocoa, and a dash of creativity—that’s where our journey begins. I’m thrilled to welcome you to the enchanting universe of appliqué, where fabric meets endless imagination. Today, let me introduce you to my latest whimsical creation, the one-and-only Pengu Cocoa Mug Rug. This little buddy is sure to bring a smile to your face on those long cold days. So, grab your favorite beverage, snuggle in, and let’s embark on a journey through fabric and stitches!
If you’re new to applique, you may be asking yourself: “Why in the world should I try applique?” Well, random internet quilter, I’m so glad you asked! Applique offers such a unique creative experience that allows each quilter the opportunity to express themselves in their own unique way. From adding an applique flower to a pieced quilt block, to full applique scenes, the possibilities are endless. Pengu Cocoa for example- when I first started designing this little friend, I had designed a mug with marshmallows tumbling out. Cute in and of itself…but not the story I wanted to tell. A chubby little penguin hugging a marshmallow? Bingo! The Design became expressive and cozy in all the best ways. But enough from me, let’s dive into our mug rug!
Getting Started with Pengu Cocoa
Terms to Know-
Prepare your background fabric-
* All applique shapes have been already reversed for ease
1. Trace the included applique shapes onto fusible webbing using a Sharpie pen & light box
2. Cut traced shapes, leaving ¼” of paper bordering the shape
3. With WS of fabric up, iron traced shapes to corresponding fabrics, according to the instructions found on your specific fusible webbing
7. Lay form over background fabric, using Applique Layout Guide
9. Sew fabric down using your preferred method (we chose to do a satin stitch around all edges because this will be washed if dirty)
Time to Finish
Share a mug with Pengu Cocoa
And there you have it—a perfect little buddy to share your cocoa with! I appreciate you taking the time to delve into the process with me. It’s not just about the final mug rug but the care put into each stitch and the tales woven into the fabric choices. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or new to applique, I hope Pengu Cocoa has brought a touch of joy to your creative journey. As we wrap up, keep exploring, creating, and finding inspiration in the simple pleasures around you. Until next time, happy crafting, and may your seam ripper be ever lacking.
Sondrasa has been an avid Art Quilter for over a decade. She found quilting to be the perfect pallet for her creativity. She plays with the mediums of fabric and thread to create her own unique brand of fabric art for both international quilt shows and her own quilt patterns. When not designing and being a fabric addict, you’ll find her live streaming creative quilting content on Twitch where she’s grown a tight-knit community over the last 7 years.
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