Friday, March 16, 2012

It Was December 6, 2011 When I Finished My First Mug Rug

It took me until today to get up the nerve to try to quilt it!!  Now, I have to remind you that I have had my mid-arm quilting machine for over 3 years and it stayed in it's box for the first 2-1/2 years.  The reason is because I never had the space to put up the 10-foot table in order to use it - or so I thought!!

No, I still don't have room for the table, but about 6 months ago, I said, hmmmmmmmmmm, maybe I can just use it as a table top machine and quilt small quilts.  It infact sits perfectly on a table top and I did finally try some stitch-in-the-ditch on December 8, 2011.   Then, kept saying I was going to try some free motion quilting on the mug rug but I didn't want to ruin it . . .  so I put it off and put it off and put it off - until today.

I did a search on the Internet for free motion quilting and came across a Youtube where the quilter said that using a Quilt Basting Spray instead of pinning the top makes life much easier.  So I tired it.

First you need a wall and some newspaper ~

Then you pin the back to the wall with the front side of the fabric facing the wall ~

And after shaking the can of Quilt Basting Stpray for 2full minutes (well, that's what it said I had to do), you lightly spray the backing and press the batting onto the backing ~

Then spray the backing ~

You then put the top over the batting and smooth it out from the center to the edges ~

Oh, my gosh, and then you have to quilt it!!  Yes, ma'am I did it!!!  Woo! Hoo!!

I am thrilled to pieces!!!  And with practice, my meanders will be smoother!!

Now to bind it and send it off!!  I am ready to try another one!!  

It is hard to express how fun it is to still be learning new things at my age!!  Love it!!


desertskyquilts said...

That looks great! Good for you. Do you know about this site? There are some good links to videos there.

Or maybe these tips?

Or this favorite, with a design a day for a year!

Good luck! Now that you started, you are set to keep going. Love the spray basting. Love a longarm even more. =)

Connie said...

Well done, and good for you! I have a longarm and I know the feeling of learning what to do in the beginning. Keep on stitching!

Nancy said...

Very cute. You did a great job with the quilting.

Createology said...

Your mug rug is beautiful and your quilting is wonderful. What a great finish. Happy quilting...

Carol Wood said...

G'day Kris! I finally got to look through and enjoy your latest 'Mug Rug' Blog (with great photos)! I just love the results of your pretty cute teapot- you did a fine job and it looks terrific (especially in those yummy Kaffe Fassett fabrics! I also learned a lot, this was something I've always wanted to try...I now feel inspired. Well done, 'Young' lady! LOL! Keep the quilting going. I think I had as much fun following your step by step instructions on spray basting, etc., as you had... I believe you've already got the 'hang of it' - Thank you so much for posting this blog and sending me your link. I'll be back for more...XXOO &;-)

Sharon said...

It looks great!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

It is a great little mug rug. I like mini quilts. Easy to finish, easy to stuff!

Denise :) said...

You are a sneaky one!! I didn't even have a CLUE!!!! :)