Galentine’s Day is February 13th!



Here is my Galentine’s Mug Rug.  For the Island Batik Ambassadors, we were given our first assignment – make a mug rug or postcard for one of your Gal Pals to celebrate Galentine’s Day. The fabric for this challenge was provided by Island Batik. A little explanation below and you’ll get the gist of what this day is about if you never heard of it (I hadn’t before this).

If you’re not familiar with Galentine’s Day, it is a holiday created by the fictional character Leslie Knope from the TV show, “Parks and Recreation”, watch this video. As Leslie explains, Galentine’s Day is a celebration of our best gal pals and lady friends, and it’s the day before Valentine’s Day. Why shouldn’t we celebrate our fellow females who encourage and inspire us???



So what to do.  I decided, for a variety of reasons to do something very simple.  In fact so simple that the I forgot to take pictures as I was going along.  I had many elaborate plans in my head, but as schedules collided I decide that KISS – Keep it simple stupid – would prevail.  Squares and half square triangles and I would be there.  So I worked it up in EQ8 and off I went.


The Galentine’s bundle I received from Island Batik is shown and I used each piece. Here’s the formula for this little quilt if you’d like to make it.


BackgroundPink Dots6 – 2 1/2” squares4 – 3 1/4” squares
Heart center red fern2- 2 1/2” squares 
 Pink/Red swirls2- 2 1/2” squares 
Heart OutsideRed sunflower2- 2 1/2” squares4 – 3 1/4” squares
BackingBeige butterfly1 – 9×13” rectangle 
BindingPink/Red swirls2 1/2” strip 50” long50” long


Brief instructions:


    1. Place the light pint and dark red squares together.
    2. Mark the 3 1/4″ light pink squares with a center line, and 1/4″ on each side of that line.
    3. Sew, and cut apart.  Press to dark side. TRIM to 2 1/2″.
    4. Lay out all the squares and the half square triangles according to the picture above.
    5. Sew together (I usually pin to be sure I don’t sew on the wrong side of the pieces).
    6. Sandwich.
    7. Quilt as desired.



I simply quilted the outline of the heart in a matching pink thread (Mettler 50wt. #803) and the interior of the heart with some free motion hearts (Mettler 50 wt, #960).  I thought it could use a little more so I just drew the little hearts in the bottom corners.  Yes, it was a close call with the one thread (but I did have another spool in case).



My label was attached, then the binding.  The label is from Tagtopia – and is a great way to get that done nice and quickly.  I sometimes do more extensive labels – you can see it in my tutorial.    I did use Aurifil #2600 for piecing and for the bobbin thread while quilting.  The threads played nicely and didn’t need any tension adjustment on my Janome 3160 QDC (the machine in Maine).

Imagined, sewed, quilted, labelled, bound and off it goes!  I kept it simple and did my first project as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I hope my friend loves and enjoys it as much as I did!

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  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    February 13, 2018 / 2:44 PM

    What a sweet finish!

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:38 PM

      Thank you, Yvonne.

  2. Home Sewn By Us
    February 13, 2018 / 2:51 PM

    Hi Kathleen,What a nice little mug rug for your BFF. I am sure she will love it and think of you each time she uses it. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:38 PM

      Thanks, Roseanne! I am sure she will!

  3. Miaismine
    February 13, 2018 / 3:18 PM

    This came out so pretty – and reversible! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:39 PM

      You are welcome! If I wasn’t so excited to get it done there maybe get have been a few more pics but it is easy!

  4. Sandra Walker
    February 13, 2018 / 6:47 PM

    Oh great minds in a way huh?! Love this and the way you quilted it. Isn't the backing fabric delicious? On to the next right?!

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:39 PM

      I know. I have about 5 things lined up right now.

  5. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    February 13, 2018 / 10:38 PM

    Happy Galentine's Day!!! Cute mug rug! And love your labels!!!

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:41 PM

      Thanks, Nancy. It was a fun little project and the labels are a nice thing to have on hand.

  6. Sally Hurley
    February 13, 2018 / 11:19 PM

    Love how this came out.

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:42 PM

      Thank you, Sally, for commenting and stopping by.

  7. Judy Biggerstaff
    February 14, 2018 / 12:39 PM

    Wow, such a sweet mug rug for Galentine's Day.

    • Kathleen
      February 14, 2018 / 5:44 PM

      Aw, thanks, it was quite fun to make and for a larger snack than just one cookie!

  8. Barb
    February 14, 2018 / 8:14 PM

    so cute

  9. Kathleen
    February 14, 2018 / 8:50 PM

    Thank you!

  10. Jocelyn Thurston
    February 14, 2018 / 9:53 PM

    This is so sweet and isn't that fabric perfect for it. Congrats on being an ambassador!

    • Kathleen
      February 16, 2018 / 8:22 PM

      Thank you on both counts. I am thrilled and so looking forward to this year.

  11. Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter
    February 14, 2018 / 11:46 PM

    Such a cute mug rug made even more beautiful by those batiks! I loved playing with them, and seeing what you did, I might just do that too! Good quilting choices! Thanks for linking up to my Valentine's Wednesday Wait Loss!

    • Kathleen
      February 16, 2018 / 8:23 PM

      It is so much fun! Thanks, the quilting was easy, but am hoping for some more elaborate quilting soon. Thanks for hosting WWL!

  12. Goofin' Off Around the Block
    February 15, 2018 / 2:51 PM

    Kathleen, I absolutely love the mug rug finish. It's beautiful and the quilting is perfect for the piece. We celebrated Galentine's Day here on Tuesday. We ate at my house, but had a lot of fun catching up and watching a movie. Have a great day! Andrea

    • Kathleen
      February 16, 2018 / 8:25 PM

      Thank you so much Andrea! I love our ignorance of Valentine's Day. I get treated very well the rest of the year, so I am happy.

  13. Denise
    February 15, 2018 / 4:56 PM

    I love the contrast between the deep red and the background fabric. Also going to check out Tagtopia.

    • Kathleen
      February 16, 2018 / 8:26 PM

      Tagtopia is great and it was really pretty quick when I did. The contrast is what I liked too!

  14. Connie Kresin Campbell
    February 20, 2018 / 1:15 AM

    What a beautiful mug rug in those batiks! I really like the addition of the quilted hearts!

    • Kathleen
      February 21, 2018 / 3:26 PM

      These batiks are luscious! I thought the quilted hearts would be fun; glad you agree.

  15. Cheryl
    February 20, 2018 / 2:05 AM

    Beautiful mug rug, thanks for the tutorial!

  16. Kathleen
    February 21, 2018 / 3:26 PM

    Cheryl, you are welcome. Pretty simple, but I know for some it is the way to go.

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