Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Mug Rug Alice

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'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:

Mug Rug Swap 2 - drawing

And, after much work last night, the completed Mug Rug:

Mug Rug Swap 2 - Alice in Wonderland

With a mug for perspective. I believe that it is 5" x 8".

Mug Rug Swap - Alice

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.

Mug Rug - Alice

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.

Mug Rug Swap - Alice - Detail

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.

Mug Rug Back - with coffee

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!

Mug Rug Back

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!


  1. Great job! I love the pleating detail in her shirt!

  2. looks awesome! you are an AMAZING quilter!

  3. It's so amazing! Love it! You have a very lucky partner.

  4. Its so good! I'm sure your partner will be thrilled!

  5. This is very cool. Yet another masterpiece from you!

  6. AAAH! I LOVE THE GIRL!!!!! How stinkin cute. I want one! She will love it! lucky girl!!

  7. she is so emo it's perfect. :)

    what kind of machine do you have, by the way?

  8. That looks amazing! I love it!

  9. Wow, wish that were coming my way it's really my style. I'm picking some Ghastlies fabric to send out for the next bee I'm in an asking for Tim Burton inspired blocks. Love your Alice. You are my Hero.

  10. wow, how great!! totally love that stiching..

  11. You are so mega fabulous
    ! I foun
    d you on flickr and need to follow this blog!

  12. looks awesome and you crazy girl even stitched the eyes!


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