Here’s an update on making an inset circle. It was my Island Batik Try A New Technique Challenge for March 2018. I used one of my Inset Circle blocks to make a Tea Pot Mug Rug.
A couple days ago I posted about learning to make pieced inset circles. I decided that one of the blocks would make a great mug rug for my ceramic tea pot. I’m a tea drinker and keeping the tea pot warm can be a challenge. My kitchen counter tops are granite, and the tea in the pot will get cold really fast.
I used Aurifil 12 wt thread in the needle in a medium gold and a backing fabric from my Island Batik Ambassador Stash.
The batting is a scrap of Hobbs Premium Wool. I used my walking foot and used a straight stitch with a 2.3 length (Janome 8900) . I liked the bolder stitch effect I got with this heavier thread. Bobbin thread was a 50 wt. Superior Threads prewound bobbin thread in a neutral gray. I marked a few random lines with regular masking tape. I sewed along the edge of the masking tape.
To bind the Inset Circle Tea Pot Rug, I added fusible to a piece of the Island Batik fabric used in the Circle. Then I cut four 1 inch wide strips of the fabric I used to make the circle. I used my rotary cutter to randomly cut a curvy edge one side of the strip. I wrapped the strip around the edge and ironed it down on the front and the back.
Here’s the 8 x 8 inch finished Tea Pot rug.