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Seamless patchwork mug rug

Last week I watched Pepper Cory on a PBS Create channel program called Quilting Arts. Cory made a small gift item she called a "Zakka Potholder" using fabric scraps and batting. She used a seamless patchwork technique that looked like fun, and I thought would make cute vignettes, or mug rugs. Cory finished her projects by machine, but I finished mine with hand stitching, making the entire project portable. A very nice PDF showing her process is available here. The video is available at the Quilting Daily site. Here is how I made mine!

To make a seamless patchwork mug rug, you will need:

One 10-inch square for backingOne 8-inch square of battingOne five-inch or six-inch square for central motiffour 6.5-inch squares folded in half to make triangles for patchwork. You can experiment with the size of the squares, if desired.#8 perle coton for stitching 
Lay 10-inch square wrong side up on surface.
Place batting square in center of backing square.
Place five-inch (or larger) cent…
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