Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mug rugs

As I was deciding how to design my mug rugs for a mug rug swap that I am participating in, I decided that I should use blocks from quilts that are in the works.  So here's a sneak peek.  This first mug rug uses the main block from the quilt that will be posted next week.  I can hardly wait for you to see that quilt.  It's one of my favorites! 

As I was about to start on mug rug #2 (we have to swap 2), I received my mug rugs from my swap partner (below).  Aren't they creative? 

She even made them completely reversible with designs on both sides.  I hadn't really thought that far ahead but decided to make my second one with designs on both sides also. 

I used raw edge applique on both the flower and the butterfly designs.  The raw edges will fray a little with use and washing and give it a little more character.  That's large rickrack in the center of the butterfly, in case you were wondering.  Can you tell I was dreaming about spring when I made these?

What's a mug rug you ask?  It's a place to put your mug and your snack.  For the swap, we made them 6"X10".  Kind of a double size coaster.  These are a great little project to use up some scraps.  Great gift idea too.  Oh yeah, I did use 5" squares for the the pieced butterfly block as well as the flower and butterfly appliques.


  1. Oh, I was just starting to worry you hadn't received them and I needed to hunt down Mr. Postman. Glad they arrived safe and sound and I hope you like them. I figured one side, on any given day, might match whatever mood you were in.

    :) Your rugs are looking adorable. Can't wait to see the quilt.

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