I love making mug rugs. They are little mini quilts to me and I get to play in scrappy fabrics. I made this for my partner who lived by the sea and wished that the seagulls would just shush once in a while. Hopefully, this will help.
I always start by layering up strips or scraps of fabric and then stitching like crazy. Having cut-out areas are always a bit of a mind-boggler, when do I stitch and then cut out since until they are cut, they are invisible. Did I position the underlying fabric correctly. The seagull ended up on top because of this, but it was a happy accident. Works better this way.
Now for tea and a biscuit.