This is my first attempt at a mug rug.
I hope it won't be my last BUT...........
it's one of those works of art that when riding past (galloping as opposed to trotting) on a horse with your eyes closed it looks great.
not so much!
This photo looks fine, except for the HUGE hole in the yellow flower, left by the basting pin.
I massaged that out after seeing it in this photo.
A week ago I bought a Janome Jem Platinum so that I could go to classes and take a lightweight machine instead of carting the 13 kilogram monster Pfaff.
When the Pfaff went on strike I pulled out the Jem to practice and thought I could try making a mug rug.
Now you need to know that I have only ever sewn on Pfaff's since the dark ages (when sewing machines were first invented) so the Janome was new to me.
I merrily started piecing and was going really well, so thought "this is easy, why not try to quilt this mug rug!!!"
Hmm, in hindsight it would pay to practice before forging ahead.
Firstly I didn't load the bobbin properly, that meant that after stitching...... oh ...... about 1/3 of it I finally realised that it wasn't doing a particularly good job. I reloaded the bobbin and pulled out the worst lines.
Secondly, apparently I had the stitch setting set too short and it pulled the fabric when I was straight line quilting.
Thirdly, I'm an idiot and used waxed hand quilting cotton in the bobbin, in my defence I didn't realise it was waxed hand quilting thread or I wouldn't have used it, I'm not that much of an idiot!
The consequences of these:
The quilting is highly questionable.
The straight piecing on the right is now slightly wavy piecing. It does give it an interesting finish, ha!
It didn't end up square (or rectangular, lol) as after I squared it up and then sewed a basting stitch ( oh that's right basting stitch is large stitches not tiny little ones) around the edges it pulled it out of shape.
SO I give you my first ever mug rug.
Actually I don't/won't give you my first ever mug rug because I don't dislike anybody that much!!!
So glad I'm not in a mug rug swap and I bet a lot of other people are too!
I was going to pull it apart and fix it but I think it would be better to leave as is, as a reminder of what can go wrong if one doesn't take up the offered lesson on how to use the new machine and practice first.
You will be pleased to know that I have now had a lesson in how to use it.
(That's how I know what I did wrong!!!!!!!!)