Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Galentine's Day! {Mug Rug Tutorial and Island Batik Goodies}

I'm excited to share that I am an Island Batik Ambassador this year! I will have lots of batik-featuring goodness this year -- including extra giveaways and tutorials, HOORAY! Check out all of this gorgeous quilty fun that I'll be using and featuring between now and July!

Today I'm sharing a Galentine's Day themed tutorial using some adorable pink and red fabrics!

If you aren't familiar with Galentine's Day, it is February 13th and it is for celebrating your best gal pals, and originally came about as part of an episode of Parks and Recreation, which happens to be one of my favorite shows of all time!

So in the spirit of Leslie Knope, I've designed a Galentine's Day mug rug with one of her most iconic quotes, "Friends, waffles, work."

I used two fabrics -- one fabric for my background and backing, and one fabric for my heart and binding.

From your background/backing fabric cut one 8.5 inch square and one 9 inch square.

Using your fusible web of choice (I use heavy duty WonderUnder) cut a heart shape that is smaller than your 8.5 inch square.

Iron your heart onto the wrong side of your heart fabric. Trim out the heart, trimming off a little bit of the fusible web so you have a clean edge. Remove the paper and iron onto your 8.5 inch square.

Using the thread and stitch of your choice (I used 12 wt Aurifil as my topstitching thread in a wide zigzag) machine stitch around the edge of your heart. Layer with batting (a great time to use those scraps!) and your 9 inch backing square. Pin as necessary.

Using a thread that contrasts with your background (I again used the 12 wt Aurifil) quilt a scallop edge around your heart.

Changing threads (I used red 50 wt Aurifil) quilt "Friends, waffles, work" inside of your heart. Quilt the rest of your piece as desired. I quilted additional scallops around my heart.

Trim to 8.5 inches and bind as desired. I used binding strips 2.25 inches wide.

This is the perfect mug rug to share with your best gals or hang as a mini! (Or use as a wine mat, let's be honest here!)

Have a Happy Galentine's Day today and a Happy Valentine's day with your sweeties tomorrow!

Sharing at Tips and Tutorials TuesdayLinky Tuesday, and Finish it up Friday!


  1. What a cute and fun project. I had not heard of Galentine's day!

  2. Congratulations on becoming an Island Batik ambassador. This will be a change-up for you, I think. A different palette for you to work with. Have fun, I'm looking forward to your journey.

  3. Happy Galentine's Day Alison! What a precious little mug rug.....errr wine rug! You are going to have so much fun working with that beautiful box of fabric from Island Batik! Congrats on joining us a an Island Batik ambassador!

  4. That turned out really cute. Happy Galentine's Day!!! I think it's perfect as a wine rug. ;)

  5. Thanks for letting me know my birthday is known as Galentine's day. I had not heard this before. Congrats on be an Island Batik ambassador. Those fabrics are beautiful.

  6. Very cute mini!! Congrats on being a Island Batik ambassador.

  7. Congratulations on becoming an Island Batik ambassador! I think your heart mugrug is especially perfect with the words you chose to use. Thank you for sharing and have fun with all of your new fabrics and tutorials.

  8. Congratulations on being Island Batik ambassador.It´s awesome and the mini quilt is so cute!

  9. Congratulations on being an Island Batik ambassador! How very exciting! I love your tutorial! Pinning to my Valentines board!

  10. Very fun wine mat, perfect for Galentines Day.

  11. Hello Alison,

    Just too sweet for words! No, I hadn't heard of Galentine's day either.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks.

    Love, Muv


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