Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bigfoot Sighting In a Beer Mug Rug

Bigfoot Is Real!

One thing I would never have put to my name is a Bigfoot quilt, I thought, but I had a passionate request from someone close to me for a king size quilt with Bigfoot on it. This was a good time for me to practice how to talk someone/something down to size, and we continued until I knew it was manageable during this terribly busy season. 

We started with the image of the iconic hairy beast seen so often from his profile on every possible surface. I started with a basic line drawing, tweaked it to size, and printed it.

Heat n Bond Lite was on my shelf so I made use of it.

No, not this way!

I laid the image on fabric so you had an idea of it, but don't cut out your image first.

1. Roughly cut out an area of the Heat n Bond Lite you will be using. 

2. Iron the product to the wrong side of your fabric choice with paper side up. This product takes only a few seconds to adhere well!

3. Spray an adhesive contact glue like 3M to the reverse side of the image you want to use. Do not cut it out ahead of time as seen above! You only want to cut once through all layers, and be sure to use sharp paper scissors!

Here's the tricky part: If you've already printed out the image in reverse, you will want that side up. I would say it's logical to figure out, but it took me a few moments while thinking it through. I had debated about making a right and left facing Sasquatch at that point, but decided to make them match.

4. Cut out image on the outline.

5. Remove paper backing and adhere with an iron.


I found a Cotton+Steel fabric with a light directional print for the background, the same batik for the backing, and a stiffer poly batting scrap for a sandwich. I used Aurifil 50 wt. for straight line quilting, and just varied my widths. Another batik scrap was perfect for the binding. All in all, it was a good afternoon project. But something was missing...

Fake Fur!

I asked two people for opinions while planning the fake fur. The female responded maybe a little less fur, but the male said, "It's Perfect!" This Bigfoot thing is definitely a guy thing.

Beer Mug Rug

I highly doubt these matching mug rugs will ever be used for tea, but more likely beer. I think the whole project just oozes testosterone! Folks, who are we to say what's beautiful? 

Check that one off my list!

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

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Barb Neiwert said...

Ah, you had fun with this one! And you're right. It won't be used for tea.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

The fake fur certainly adds something to it, but will it wash? Me being the practical type you know. It is a fun project though.

Sharon - IN said...

Julie, that must have been some talking to get that someone close to you talked down from a king size quilt to a beer mug rug! Just say'n! You rock! Great project, love the fur!

Julie said...

Excellent question! It 'should'. The acrylic fur is just acrylic--think stuffed animal fur, and is glued on with a 3M acid-free, permanent spray adhesive good for fabric among many other surfaces. I would probably hand wash said article, line dry, and fluff the fur before drying.

Tish Stemple said...

**Note to self: Next time I go car shopping, I'm taking Julie, period. She has negotiating skills.** This is a really cool project and I'm quite impressed you talked them into a mug rug after they wanted a king size quilt. The fur just adds something to it, that was an excellent idea, this is why I love you :P

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

My sons were both equally terrified and fascinated by Bigfoot . Don't know what they would have made of your quilt . I love it

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

That fur cracks me up! Definitely a guy thing... LOL But hey, you gotta make what the client wants, right? :)

Kate said...

Very fun!