Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Inspiration! | Cross Your Heart Mug Rug Tutorial

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Welcome to a special Valentine's Day edition of RWQ! Tomorrow is the big day. V Day! A day when the pressure is on for us husbands, boyfriends, significant others, etc to romance our partners.

Did I get the perfect gift? ... check!
Did I make reservations? ... check!

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To get in the Valentine's mood, I started crocheting this dish cloth on Saturday.

And here's a little Valentine's Day inspiration I found on flickr ...

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1. cross quilt, 2. French General Fat Geese , 3. Red and Aqua Winding Ways, 4. red + aqua quilt, 5. pips baby quilt, 6. Dresden Wedges Mug Rug Tutorial, 7. Work in Progress - Quilt Top, 8. Red + Aqua = Love, 9. candy cane quilt-folded, 10. Red & blue quilt, 11. Red and Aqua Quilt with White, 12. Nine Patch Quilt - Strawberry Patches, 13. Red Criss Cross, 14. All buttons !, 15. Red and White Coin Quilt, 16. Red Patch Quilt - the front, 17. cathedral windows red block, 18. Red Triangle Quilt, 19. Red boutis, 20. me plus you quilt, 21. Rocky Red Road, 22. Red and Aqua Quilt with Hessian., 23. Red & Aqua Giveaway!, 24. Red and Aqua, 25. Free Pieced Heart Table Runner

For this tutorial I'm going to be using a few prints from the new Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen line. I love the visual interest that this fabric ads to projects. If you're looking for something to make your quilts POP! you've found it. I think RK has a great thing going with this line and hope they release more colors in the coming months.

Quilter's Linen from Robert Kaufman

This project can also be made using any fabric you have on hand, especially scraps. The tutorial I wrote shows how to make a mug rug exactly like mine. We like variation around here so feel free to deviate as you see fit. But, please remember to post your results in the RWQ flickr group HERE.

Cross Your Heart Mug Rug

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Materials:

3 squares of Red/Pink fabric that measure 5" x 5"
12 squares of White solid fabric that measure 1" x 1"
6 squares of White solid fabric that measure 2.5" x 2.5"
6 strips of White solid fabric that measure 1" x 6"
1 strip of 2.25" x 44" fabric for binding
13" x 7" piece of fabric for backing
13" x 7" piece of batting
Basic sewing machine and supplies

Instructions below should yield a 12" x 5" finished project.

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1. Stack your 5" squares on your cutting mat and slice them in half vertically so you get 6 rectangles each measuring 5" x 2.5"

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2. Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally down each 1" square of white fabric from corner to corner. Aligning the outside edges, lay two squares on opposite sides of one end of each 5" x 2.5" rectangle as shown in the photo below. If you are using prints, make sure your fabrics are right sides together. Sew on the diagonal marked lines attaching the white squares to the rectangles. Repeat this on all the rectangles.

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3. Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut the square corners 1/4" from the diagonal sew line on all rectangle units, and press them open.

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4. Sandwich the rectangles right sides together as shown and sew a 1/4" seam along one side to form rectangle units. Press the seams open to reduce bulk.

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5. Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally down each 2.5" square of white fabric from corner to corner. Aligning the outside edges, lay one square on the bottom outside edge of the rectangle units as shown in the photo below. If you are using prints, make sure your fabrics are right sides together. Sew on the diagonal marked lines attaching the white squares to the rectangle units.

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6. Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut the square corners 1/4" from the diagonal sew line and press open.

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7. One corner at a time, repeat step 6 on each rectangle unit. This will give you 3 heart units.

8. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, slice each of the heart units diagonally from the bottom of the small white corner to the top of the large white corner, as shown in the photo below.

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9. Align the outside edge of a 1" x 6" strip of white fabric along the cut edge of the bottom half of your heart unit and attach using a 1/4" seam. Press open and trim the sides.

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10. Align the outside edge of the top half of your heart unit with the cut edge of the 1" x 6" strip and sew a 1/4" seam. Press open. This should re-assemble your heart unit as shown in the photo below.

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11. Repeat the process of adding another 1" x 6" strip by using your rotary cutter and ruler to slice the heart unit again diagonally in the opposite direction. You will end up with a completed crossed heart unit as shown in the photo below.

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12. In the same fashion, make crossed heart units out of the remaining two heart units until you have a total of three.

13. Using a 1/4" seam, piece the crossed heart units together in a row like you see in the photo below.

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14. Sandwich the row of crossed hearts, your batting and your backing together and quilt in a manner you see fit.

15. Bind and enjoy!

Again, please remember to post your results in the RWQ flickr group HERE. I really do enjoy seeing items you've made using my tutorials!

Have a happy Valentine's Day,

18 comments:

  1. Awww...that is such a darling mug rug!! Great tutorial Ryan!

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  2. how cute! and i totally have to get some of that quilters linen! :)

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  3. ryan, you are just so flippin creative, i can hardly stand it. great tutorial.

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  4. That's so cute, Ryan and really clever.

    What a nice V-day surprise that would make on V-day morning for a special valentine along with a fresh pot of coffee, a hot mug, and maybe a little love note tucked underneath!

    Gail :)

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  5. Well if that isn't the sweetest thing? Very clever, and oh so romantic!

    MGM

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  6. Wonderful mug rug. It sounds like you have wonderful plans for your wife tomorrow.

    Debbie

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  7. Nice tutorial. Ryan, I think you sound like you are just about the perfect husband/dad/friend! Your wife and family are very lucky to have you!!!

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  8. Nice tutorial. Ryan, I think you sound like you are just about the perfect husband/dad/friend! Your wife and family are very lucky to have you!!!

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  9. so very cute! thanks for the tutorial

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  10. What a clever creation! Thanks for sharing the great tutorial! Will there be chocolates on that mug rug?

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  11. Ryan, I think you are wonderful, my favorite guy quilter. Thank you for another great tutorial. You are appreciated.

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  12. I love this mug rug! VERY creative concept - fantastic tutorial. Thank you so much.

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  13. Very cute! I can see a whole quilt of crossed hearts, Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. So, I made one of the hearts and decided to finish as is for a coaster. I even made my own binding. But, putting on the binding was a disaster. I ended up tossing that whole thing and starting again from scratch. :o). The hearts are super easy to make, so that's a bonus! I'm going to bind it using my grandmothers method-make backing bigger and fold over top. These are cute. I'll post a pic tomorrow.

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  15. Cute and definitely original! Nice tute, too.love those fabrics. Yummmm....

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