Welcome to Day 5 of our challenge “8 Days of Christmas Mug Rugs from Finland”! The maker of today’s beautiful mug rug in honour of winter nights is Teija.
The Mug Rug
Teija used a pattern of her own design, which she calls Silent Sky. This mug rug most certainly reminds me of a cold winter night when the clouds are absent, there’s bite on the cheeks and you lose yourself staring into the starry darkness. Stars have different colours and Teija’s interpretation hits that on the spot.
She’s featuring not only the red starry fabric (more below) but a turquoise (Peacock) and white (Unicorn) Sun Print 2020, and a black-on-white AGF Studio print from our shop purchased earlier this year. Thanks for this unexpected treat! There’s a lovely balance of all colours chosen.
When using stars for patterns it’s still very common not to mix different shape variants, but I really enjoy where Teija took this. In terms of technique it’s also a mix, as she told me the points of the big stars were made with Foundation Paper Piecing.
The rest of the patches are either humble squares or half-square triangles, which together become something stunning. There’s even more added interest in that the turquoise stars aren’t entirely identical. It’s impressive how much a small mug rug can invite you to look at one object from many angles. And then there were kitties on the back.
But we’re not quite done yet. Notice how Teija used echo quilting very cleverly to fill the empty spaces without doing much to them, yet they still became more stars?
The final size of the mug rug is 12.5″ x 9.5″.
Who is Teija?
You can find Teija on Instagram at teituu. Be sure to follow her if you don’t already!
Thank you so much, Teija, for this contribution to our challenge!
Please find the fabric Star Bright in Dark Red by Andover Fabrics in our webshop!
It’s on sale this week because we’re moving later in November to a new location, so grab some for your own winter sewing if you like 🙂 It’s a limited-edition print by Andover and won’t come back.
The blog posts of this “8 Days of Christmas Mug Rugs from Finland” challenge:
- Introduction to “8 Days of Christmas Mug Rugs from Finland”
- Day 1 with Leena
- Day 2 with Tiina K
- Day 3 with Auli
- Day 4 with Tilkunviilaaja
- Day 5 with Teija (you’re here!)
- Day 6 with Anu
- Day 7
- Day 8
Find our posts on Instagram at hashtag #SenttiJaTuumaChristmasMugRug.
We continue tomorrow with the Day 6 contribution, so be sure to check back both here and on Instagram!