Thin Cat Fat Cat Mug Rug


 

Fat cat thin cat mug rug

Fat cat thin cat mug rug

The fat cat thin cat mug rug can be embellished as much  as you wish, but I have kept mine very plain – for the moment.  I can always go back and embroider the face at some later stage.  I have used the fat cats ruler which I have only just come across recently.  I thought that the fat cat/thin cat theme might make me think twice about what to eat with my coffee!

Cutting requirements for the fat cat mug rug

I’ve mostly used scraps to make this mug rug, but I began with a 5″ strip of each colour together with a 9″ by 14″ rectangle of both wadding and backing fabric.

 

Fat cats ruler

Fat cats ruler

Using the fat cats ruler

The size of the cat that you make depends on which part of the fat cats ruler you place on the fabric.  When you place the top of the ruler over the strip of fabric you can cut a thin cat, while placing the bottom of the ruler over the fabric gives you a fat cat.

 

Cut background fabric

Cut background fabric

Sew the cats together in a row

Sew the cats together in a row

Obviously for this mug rug you need one of each, both cut from the same 5″ strip of fabric.  From the background fabric cut three of the same shape – one for each end and one to go in the middle between the two cats.  If it matters which way up your fabric is placed, then cut the background pieces upside down so that they will be the right way up when they are placed with the cats.  You can choose how wide these pieces are by placing the top or the bottom of the fat cats ruler on the fabric strip.

Sew together the two cats with the background fabric in a row.  Square off the ends of the strip so that you form a rectangle.

Add a strip to the top and bottom

Add a strip to the top and bottom

Sew a 2.1/2″ strip of fabric to the top and the bottom of the strip.  That completes the top of the thin cat fat cat mug rug.

Layers of the fat cat mug rug

Layers of the fat cat mug rug

Completing the fat cat mug rug

Lay the wadding down followed by the backing fabric with right side up and then the patchwork with right side down.

Sew about 1/4″ from the edge of the rectangle around three and a half edges, leaving a gap so that you can turn the fat cat mug rug right side out.

Clip the corners before turning right side out

Clip the corners before turning right side out

Clip the corners to reduce bulk and pull the mug rug through the gap, gently pushing out the corners.

Turn the fabric under at the gap, press and top stitch all round the edge of the fat cat mug rug.  For the ears of the cats, I used a 2″ and a 1″ square of fabric, backed with interfacing and cut in half along one diagonal.  I used a fusible interfacing so that I could press them in place first and then zigzag around the edges of the cats both to highlight the cats and to hold the ears in place.

I haven’t added any embellishments yet, but you could now add faces and tails to the cats – as much or as little as you feel like.

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Rose

Trails Quilt Block Pattern


 

Trails quilt block pattern

Trails quilt block pattern

The trails quilt block pattern is also known as Bright Futures.  I think that I can see the logic of trails given the way the squares of one colour form lines along the diagonals.  It is classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as an 8″ square.

Cutting requirements for the trails quilt block pattern

2.1/2″ squares:  four purple, four brown,

2.7/8″ squares:  four peach, four white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

How to make the trails quilt block

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a peach and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two half square triangle units for each pair of squares that you begin with.

Press the seam allowances towards the peach fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.  These are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Trails quilt block layout

Trails quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  The trails quilt block has a remarkably simple layout:  all the brown squares go along one diagonal while all the purple squares lie along the other diagonal.  The remaining spaces are taken by the half square triangles which are placed so that the peach triangles combine to form a larger peach triangle pointing outwards.  I always love this setup – you get the illusion of a diamond surrounding the central area of the quilt block just by using some half square triangles.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the trails quilt block pattern.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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