Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Across The Pond Sew Along Project

Across the Pond Sew Along  project for February

It's the beginning of a new month... and that means a new project
 for {our fun and low-keyed} 

 has launched the project plans for this month, today on her blog.

February Project:      Create a project including a Heart

Amy,  Amanda, The Patchsmith, and I will be sharing our own project ideas that have the theme : heart .   Now, that sounds  like fun for February! 

One day last week, while  looking around online for inspiration and ideas, I was drawn to a blog called The Crafty Quilter  by Julie Cefalu.  I saw her  beautiful UFO project she had finished, called,  Welcome Winter,  by Holly Hill Quilts  .    
  And  I noticed that she had four snow globes appliqued on the quilt.

Welcome Winter quilt  made by Julie Cefalu @  The Crafty

I immediately starting "seeing in my mind" (Ah.... that is why you might hear me muttering away to myself at times!) a Valentine's Day snow globe, with a scrappy heart inside the globe...that I could make into a mug rug.  I sometimes "put things together" without a pattern . This time,  I wanted to create a few templates , so that  I could share with you how I created my own Heart Snow Globe Mug Rug for our sew along!

Heart Snow Globe Mug Rug  by Susie's Sunroom

If you would like to make this mug rug,  I have some basic templates 
for you to download , in this pdf  file:

The mug rug :
  • is 8 inches x 8 inches finished
  • used  applique  technique for the snow globe  ( I used Heat-n-Bond  iron-on adhesive)
  • I used scraps for the heart;  strips sewn  onto paper foundation
  • I pieced 1 1/2 inch scrap squares, sewing  8 of them together vertically
  • main background fabric is 7 in wide x 8 in tall
  • backing fabric is 10 in x 10 in
  • I machine blanket stitched the heart and snow globe
  •  Pellon Fusible Fleece  FF987  is the batting,  8 " x 8 "  
  • I used the backing as my  binding ( A great tutorial for this method is on the blog Made by Rae)
  • I  used my walking foot and  machine stitched my binding,  , with corners mitered

I began by picking out some Valentine fabric scraps for making the scrappy heart...
This was done by sewing strips onto a piece of paper, making sure to cover the heart (sew  like paper piecing with right sides together, and then  folding the right side over and ironing it.

The tweezers are my pointer!
This is the back of the paper;  I cut out the heart shape

I cut out the pieces of the snow globe, with the iron on adhesive pinned to the template and fabric.  The order of assembling the snow globe pieces*:
  1. Place the base of the globe on top of the background fabric 
  2. Place the circle snow globe above  the base, overlapping a bit
  3. Place the heart inside the globe, with the bottom touching the base
  4. Place the band on top of the base, covering the bottom of the globe ball
* see the diagram on page two of the pdf file 

Then, I sewed the (8) - 1 1/2 inch squares together, to make a vertical row.  this strip is then attached it to the main fabric piece.
The  snow globe pieces are put together and ironed on.  The backing is an extra inch all the way around, to turn down to become the binding later.

Close up of the base of  the snow globe.  Blanket stitched

My  Heart Snow Globe Mug Rug is completed and ready to be used during February
I will be posting my mug rug  in the Across The Pond  Sew Along Flickr group .
What  heart project will you be making this month ?   You can post YOUR heart project there, too!

If you get stuck, I will be showing a few more fun things during February.  Amy  will also be showing her project  andmore fun  ideas . Amanda is sharing a free pattern for her Valentine Coasters at The Patchsmith!
Join in with us... even if you haven't been able to do earlier!  Show us what you are making!  
And let me know if you make your own Heart Snow Globe Mug Rug.  I'd love to see it!

I'm off to my sewing room!

I am linked up to   Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. Very nice Susie thanks for sharing this pattern. I love your mug rug and I love your updated blog heading as well.

  2. Nice new blog header for February, BTW! I love the little snow globe, with the sparkly white fabric for the glass sweet!

  3. So very cute Susie! I love it!! Thank you so much :)

  4. Now that snow globe is just too darn cute!!! Gotta make one of those for my table frame :*D

  5. That turned out so cute! And the black makes such a nice accent/contrast to the pink.

  6. How sweet is this? thank you so much for the tutorial! Your snowglobe is so darn cute!!

  7. I am so happy you were inspired by my snow globes! Your heart snow globe is just adorable and I love the pieced heart. Great way to use up those scraps!

  8. That's a gorgeous pattern! I love the heart in the snow globe!

  9. Oh this looks very much fun.

  10. Love your snow globe heart - thanks for sharing the how-to. I've only just discovered your blog (via Sew Many Ways) and wish I'd met you sooner; I'm liking your 'across the pond sew a long'. :)


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