Mug rugs seem to be the latest trend in mini quilts right now and I for one am in love with them.
Mug rugs are little quilts that range in size from about 4″ – 8″ by 4″ – 10.5″ where you can put your mug. Basically in simple terms, a placemat for your mug and cookie or scone or whatever else you have with your morning beverage.
I really wanted to try them out so I decided that I would make one for each of the girls in my small group. I had so many sketches of what I could make for each of them, but couldn’t decide, so I asked each of the girls to send me a picture of their favorite mugs so I could create a mug rug that would match it.
Becky sent me a picture of this fun shaped mug that was teal and blue. I had some great teal and blue fabric and decided to make some dresden flowers in 3 of the corners leaving her room in the other corner for her mug.
Nat said her mugs were dull so I wanted to give her a fun little and a little saying to help her on days when the day matches her dull mugs. By the way, I thought her mug was a really cool shape and not dull at all.
Lauren sent me pictures of some really unique mugs and there was a teal/red one that I loved and came up with a great lattice effect in teal and red with teal stitching to match the lines on the mug. Then I made it, hated it, and started again. Instead I did a paper pieced gnome and mushroom that was from artisania’s free patterns. I like it much better.
Joey unfortunately didn’t send me a picture because she was moving and her mugs are still in boxes, so I came up with this little number on my own. I used my favorite fabrics from Basic Grey’s Figgy Pudding collection.
This year our guild is exchanging stockings so I made a fabric loose leaf paper with little saying a picture to go along with the saying. I think it turned out pretty well. I hope my partner likes it.
Mug rugs are a great way to get started in quilting because they are small, but that means that some of the pieces are small too which can be a pain in the big toe.