Inset Circle Tea Pot Mug Rug

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.

Quilting in progress.  After I finished quilting the mug rug, I trimmed the backing to the edge of the block and squared it up.

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.

A few of my favorite things…My ceramic tea pot because I only use loose tea. It’s quite happy on my new Inset Circle Tea Pot Rug.  My Orlando MQG mug. My Tea Pot tile trivet that I brought home from London England many years ago.

Visit my Fellow 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors to see the fabulous projects they are making!

Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Bea at BeaQuilter
Carole at Carole Lyles Shaw [This is ME!]
Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

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2 Responses to Inset Circle Tea Pot Mug Rug

  1. Kathleen McCormick March 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

    Great little project! Still working on my idea…but I’m letting a few percolate. I love the iron on binding/facing. It is such a great idea.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw March 5, 2018 at 7:18 am #

      It’s a technique from my art quilting days. Fusing is so fast and you can do some intricate odd shaped pieces that would be challenging to applique needle turn.

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