Jag är en kvinna 60+ från Skåne, som sytt, broderat och tecknat i hela mitt liv, men nu är det mest quilt som gäller på min fritid.
I´m a woman 60+ from the south of Sweden, who have been busy sewing, embroidering and drawing all my life, but now I have been caught by the quilt bug.
Mug rugs are so fun to sew and very useful when you want to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea together with a cookie. I have sewn several mug rugs during the years. Most of them with birds , as I love birds. Here are some of my birdie mug rugs
Have you tested the Japanese way named boro to mend clothes? I found the book The Book of Boro by Susan Brisco and got so inspired by the method of hand sewing tiny pieces of fabric to a back ground with sashiko stitches.
I love fabric from Kaffe Fasset groups and I have saved several small scraps. Now it was an excellent time to use them. My first project was a traditional rice bag, from a pattern in the book. It is hand sewn and it was so cozy to sit and sew it, even if it took for me two to three weeks to complete it.
Now to mug rugs the boro way. My first was this one, where I put all in covering the back ground with scraps like roof tiles. I have used embroidery yarns as I haven't got any sashiko thread. I used a glue pen to pin the scraps before sewing them to the background.
I am a member of the board of our Swedish national quilt guild and during a weekend in October we had our annual meeting for our members. As we couldn't have our meeting last year because of the pandemi it was so fun to meet our members again. In one of the workshops we had a boro project. The idea and project is made from me and my friend Karin. We sold kit with the material consting of a denim background some Kaffe scraps and sashiko threads . The ladies were so inspired so I think some of them started new projects at home. My mug rug with denim and Kaffe scraps is below
I have used sashiko thread, a lovely thread to hand sew with.
And finally as it soon is Christmas a mug rug with an angel. I have drawn the angel by hand and then appliquéd the little darling and the stars to the backgrund. This time no sewing by hand.