Well, in a feat worthy of the great quilters (whoever they might be! LOL), I made my mug rug yesterday. Yup...started, continued and then finished! Woohoo! I'm usually one of the first to be done with this kind of thing, but I've been swamped recently and couldn't get to it until now. But we're leaving for our hometown tonight for Thanksgiving and I needed to get this done before I left. Nothing like a deadline to make you work your rear end off.
You might recall my sketch that I made. I think (I know) that my partner will enjoy this. It's an Alice in Wonderland picture, but has a Tim Burton/Blythe Doll feel. I know, I know...it's not for everyone. But this is why it's so fun to stalk your partner and really make something that is special for them! Really, they are the only one who needs to love it...although it's always nice when other people do as well. ;)
The original sketch made from combining different pictures and images of Alice, Tim Burton and Blythe dolls:
And, after much work last night, the completed Mug Rug:
With a mug for perspective. I believe that it is 5" x 8".
This is all done with raw edge applique. I only used a pen to write the letters on the label. It's really hard to sew letters that small! LOL.
I put a little heart on her pinafore as a nod to the queen of hearts. If I had more time I would have made sure there was some reference to the white rabbit or the Cheshire cat...but you can't do everything.
For the back I chose to return to a fabric you might remember from the back of my doll quilt. The ghastlies! I love this fabric. It's so creepily fun! I thought that this fellow looked like he should be a Tim Burton Character, so he belonged with Alice.
The black and white stripe fabric was perfect for this project and was begging to be used as the binding fabric and of course on alice's tights and t shirt!
All in all, a successful venture. I was unsure and hating it last night when I finished...but there is always that sense that the vision did not come across. But I knew it was alright when my husband liked it. Although admittedly he is a big Tim Burton fan. ;) Now to pack it up with a couple of goodies and send it on it's way...I guess I'll have to do that up North. So it's coming with me and I'll deal with the post office there!