This weekend I sewed up the Venti Mug Rug, a PDF pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. This little instruction book was exactly what I needed, it does all the math for you and introduces improvisational piecing. I love that it gives you the measurements for the negative space while allowing you to control the creative parts! Instructions for putting on the binding are not included, but a link to a great tutorial is.
I used linen for the background pieces and backing with Japanese linen bias tape for the binding (similar to this one, but mine was from Matatabi. She has currently closed her shop and moved out of Tokyo until things stabilize, please keep her in your thoughts!) The fabrics I chose include some vintage florals, a vintage 1970s fabric with a grandma (for a bit of humor) and some Heather Ross prints (and a tiny bit of a Heather Bailey print!) This is a great way to use scraps!
The pattern was perfect, exactly what I needed to put together a quick project. Though I might be able to put something like this together myself, having to figure out all the math and measurements would have made this project not-so-quick. For me, anyway.