One Singular Finish

Today I am sharing a small yet very cute finish. I am an individual member of the Modern Quilt Guild, and one of my peers (Nina with Freckles) organized a mug rug swap with a spring theme. To me, spring means flowers, so I selected the Swedish Bloom pattern.

reduced size Swedish Bloom pattern from patchwork please

The single flower motif is paper pieced (hey, I like paper piecing) from Patchwork Please (this is not an affiliate link). The pattern pieces in the book are in two different sizes (very strange, you have to enlarge one), so instead I copied the assembly drawing, then reduced it by about 10%. I forgot to measure this, but it’s about 6.5″ x 9″. I mailed it in a photo mailer and blithely assured the post office employee that it only contained paper matter in order to get the postage rate for a letter ($2.95) rather than for a parcel ($14.00). It’s the same package either way, you know.

Mugrug for iMQG swap Spring 2015

I used the tutorial from Leanne at She Can Quilt for single fold binding, and continued the same fabric into the binding to give a clean and simple finish. For the back, I dug though my stash for a piece of fabric which I would *hate* to cut up, and found the crane print from Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I quilted some very small pebbles in the flower centre, then stitched in the ditch around the outside of the petals. I added some detail quilting in the petals and the leaves, plus stitching where the stem would be (because I felt it looked really odd without a stem).

quilting detailsstem stitchingspring mug rug back

Linking up this post to TGIFF and to Le Challenge for the “single” theme. Since this theme was announced, I have had the theme from “A Chorus Line” in my head, so I’ll add a link here in case you want the same earworm. Also linking to Sew the Library with Martha at Weekend Doings.

 photo LeChalleng


  1. Lisa, it’s very cute!

  2. I like the fabrics you have chosen–nice mix. And thanks for the memory job about Le Challenge. I had a plan but lost track of time with vacation. And I have two days now to finish–I think I can.

    1. I rarely join in with Le Challenge, but i already had the concept for this mug rug when the theme was announced so it was a perfect fit. On Jun 12, 2015 10:54 AM, “Lisa in Port Hope” wrote:


  3. Beautiful flower, Lisa. Nice fabric mix and a pretty design.

  4. I like the colors!

  5. I also plan to make a single Swedish Bloom. It will be my first foray into paper piecing and also my first mini quilt! I love your fabric choices for your mug rug. I have thought about starting my Swedish Bloom several times but always stall out on the fabric choice!

  6. Very cute, Lisa! And there’s nothing wrong with loving paper piecing! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

  7. Enjoy your coffee , mug rugs are great – fun and don’t take up much room

  8. A very nice mug rug. I like paper piecing, too. I hope your swap mate enjoys the mug rug.

    1. Oh, she did like it very much!

  9. How cute! A beautiful, single, finish, thanks for sharing on le challenge.

  10. Super cute, Lisa, and definitely Springy! šŸ™‚

  11. I love mini quilts an mug rugs and yours is perfect for spring! Beautiful finish.
    Thank you for linking to Sew the Library.

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