Tuesday, April 15, 2014

popsicles mug rug

 When I first started sewing I made mug rugs all the time. They were my favorite thing to sew since they were small, relatively quick and easy to make, and I was able to try out new techniques and patterns without committing to anything large or long term.


So, when I came across Ayumi's adorable paper pieced popsicles pattern while digging through my stack of my will have to give it another try for sure patterns the other day, I decided a new mug rug was exactly what I needed :)


As you can see, paper piecing is a messy business, for me at least. I never seem to have as many supplies and fabrics out as when I paper piece. Pure craziness! And fun too!


This was definitely not the easiest pattern to tackle, but the cuteness of this penguin totally makes up for the headache trying to figure out which tiny parts go where.


In case you're tempted to think you need some special talent to be able to paper piece, I wanted to show my two previous attempts at this pattern from a few months ago. First time I made one popsicle and I was done. My second try resulted in two very strangely colored ones, I think the purple one was the grape flavor, I have no idea what blue/ yellow one was supposed to be :)

See, practice does make perfect???  Well, I would not go as far as calling my paper piecing perfect, but definitely improved. I think I will have to give this pattern a try one more time soon. I might even attempt to make all four popsicles included in a pattern and turn them into a pillow.

How about you? Do you like coming back to the same pattern or are you try it once and done kind of person? I'd love to know. Svetlana

33 comments:

  1. Just discovered your blog recently and love it! Very inspiring.

    I'm on the verge of attempting paper piecing for the first time - also about to try english paper piecing. I often come back to the same pattern if not to improve on my skills but also to try different color schemes.

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  2. These are so adorable! I love the middle one and how it looks like there is ice cream inside! Great job you are a wonderful paper piecer!

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  3. I have to be in the mood for paper piecing or I get too frustrated. Very cute mug rug you made. It's perfect ; )

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  4. Very cute!!! Love your fabric choices.

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  5. So cute, and I love the text on the sticks. Hilarious!

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  6. Your popsicles look great! I would have imagined the yellow/blue to be mango sherbert. :) I love to go back to patterns and improve my skills but you are right - those that are challenging make me pause. I sewing the oval box bag, pattern by Aneela Hooey but I never made another one. Maybe it was because I had just learned how to sew and was unfamiliar with sewing curves or miscalculated compensating for a short zipper by adding an extra fabric tab. Now I'm thinking that maybe I should give it another try since it's been over year. ;-)

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  7. Very nice mug rug indeed! Mostly I'm once and I'm done. I'm not very patient.

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  8. I love the popsicles, the penguin is really cute. I make a lot of things over and over again, since I sell at craft fairs, so I tend to not remake a quilt pattern since some of my other work is so repetitive.

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  10. Fantastic! Those popsicles are too cute. ^^

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  11. These are adorable! Generally I am a try it once and done kind of person, but lately I have been thinking that there are some patterns I would like to go back and try again.

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  12. Love the penguin one especially!

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  13. So cute! I have this pattern and haven't done a thing with it as yet.

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  14. Svetlanko, knihu Ayumi mam, ale jeste jsem se na siti pres papir neodhodlala. Ty mas novou prostirku nadhernou!! Opravdu, krasne latky, vysledek super a ten dvojbarevny lem... tohle opravdu mam rada :) Krasny vysledek!
    Mej pekne dny! Jola

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  15. You are so right, paper piecing is such a messy business! But I love the process and end results. Your lolly's are adorable, with such tiny pieces too. I rarely do the same pattern more than twice, if that! Too many lovely new patterns out there to try! Jxo

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  16. Wonderful! Would love to learn paper piecing.

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  17. This is just so pretty and fun!!! Thank you for sharing. I'd like to attempt paper piecing again someday in the future.

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  18. Love the popsicle mug rug. Now I want one too! I think paper piecing will have to wait for summer break, though.

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  19. very nice mug rug, have still to learn paper piecing but we are going to have a lesson at our MQG soon.I tend to try each block as a sample and then if I like it make more for a quilt but really Iike lots of different blocks in a quilt, that way there is not so much problem when it comes to matching!

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  20. They look great. I do enjoy pp but it takes a lot of energy and brain power. I've not done the same pattern twice but maybe it would help to come back
    To something again.

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  22. Always love seeing each & every interpretation of Ayumi's wonderful pattern - really lovely one! As for me, being a perfectionist, I think I get some satisfaction of retrying patterns & techniques until I satisfy my own critical eye. Sometimes this takes more attempts than others!

    ♥ Kelly @ superbuzzy

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  23. Absolutely adorable! Practice DOES make perfect :)

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  24. how do you get your binding to look so good.

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  25. I swear I thought you made a popsicle block into a tote bag once, too?????? It might have been a little different but I think it was from a Pink Penguin pattern. Am I crazy?

    I think a pillow with four popsicles would be so cute for your couch for the summer!!!

    And in answer to your question, sometimes I wish I had the time to re-make things after the first go-around because I usually always have regrets and wished I had done something differently. But no, I don't normally make things again. And I also don't paper piece;)

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  26. Amazing! I want to make the now, fantastic idea.

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  27. Svetlana, this is so cute. I was just looking at this pattern the other day and thinking that I needed to try it!

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  29. This is beyond adorable!! As for me, I have a hard time doing something twice....short attention span and too many ideas in my head!

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