Wednesday, December 18, 2013

12 Days of Jennifer Paganelli Inspiration

I am excited to be Day 10 of 12 days of inspiration by Jennifer Paganelli! Seriously, we could go on forever on how Jennifer and her fabrics inspire us! Pictured above is my JP stash & I could come up with so many combinations using her fabrics. It's so distracting! I met Jennifer online through Flickr, I think. She had commented on something I made that had bits of her fabrics in it and I was blown away at her kindness. I soon discovered that her style was my style and we were fast friends. I love how she loves to mix color and pattern and everything she does is happy & colorful.
I designed my sewing room around her fabrics. Wait, that picture doesn't look lived in! See below for a true, working sewing room!

Anyway, you can see how much Jennifer inspires me. She is kind and generous to everyone and so supportive to the handmade community, I am truly amazed! For my inspiration piece, I decided I wanted to feature something I've been making lately. Mug rugs are not new items, but I really love finding colorful & artistic mugs and designing mugs rugs to match. They make great gifts as I don't think they have to match a person's home. They are a stand alone gift!  Here are some mugs I purchased from Anthropologie
and one from Cost Plus
And here are the mug rugs I made to match them

I used a West Indies print called Matilda and bordered it with Claudia and then Jane and made a binding out of Sally. All I need to do is pop some Starbucks Via packets or some tea bags and I have a cute gift set.
For this one I used Claudia in the center and then did a log cabin style around it in Dana, Maggie, Danielle, Matt's Tux, Nikki, Matilda and Velentina. The binding is Luca. I love how most of the fabric names are people's names! I still have 2 more mugs to match up, and I'm looking forward to it since there is only 7 days until Christmas! Yikes! The mug rugs take about a half hour if you're using scraps. The center square is approximately 3" & then I add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" strips until I think it's done, around 8-9" finished size. Here is the list of bloggers and the days that they posted or will post:


Nita said...

I love your idea of making matching mug rugs for the cups as gifts :)

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Jennie Christensen said...

Hi It's Jennie from Glam Fabrics! I can't figure out how to follow you on here. I met YOU online (etsy) because I HAD to know how you got Circa so fast. :)
You are right about Jennifer Paganelli! She is so cool! Most famous fabric artists wouldn't give us the time of day. I love all of your work Monique! Keep it up! Xoxo Merry Christmas!

kathy said...

those are so pretty!

Sweet Baby Jamie said...

Oh I love them!! I love how you match the fabric to your mugs….what a great idea! I am so proud to be the recipient of one of your mug rugs :0 It is a treasure!!!

Sarah Seufert said...

WOW -- how creative are you! Mug rugs to match colorful cups... for tea, coffee, hot chocolate! Your fabrics and color combinations are inspiring too. And to know these can be sewn in 1/2 hour! Thanks for this FAB idea for gift giving. Sarah Helene, Minneapolis

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