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May 25 / Dani

Mug Rug Swap

I haven’t done a lot of swaps in my crafting career, but every once and a while I see one that I think would be a lot of fun (and let me try out something new). So when I saw the Mug Rug Swap II on Ravelry (in the Quilters Knitting group) I thought, why not? (Edited to add: I realized most people don’t know what a mug rug actually is. It’s a tiny place mat just big enough for a mug and your cookies, and they are a popular swap among quilters because you can try out new quilting skills on something small)

A while back I had seen this awesome block on Tallgrass Prairie Studio and knew I wanted to use it for something. I even had it up on my Pinterest board. This seemed like the perfect thing to try out the tutorial on!

For the fabrics in the chevron, I used a lot of grey and yellow scraps (that colour combo seems like a theme lately!) as well as a touch of turquoise. Lindsay will recognize a lot of these fabrics, as I picked them out of our scrap swap at the Modern Quilt Guild meeting.

The chevrons were really east to make and it gave me a chance to use some pretty small scraps.

For the quilting, the grey sort of reminded me of birch bark for some reason (probably from looking at this awesome quilt) so I thought I would do some straight line “trunks”.

As I am typing this, I have realized that I forgot to take a picture of the back, which is too bad because it was cute. Hopefully the recipient will take one! In any case, it featured this fabric on the back:

And because I like to include a little extra in these swap packages, I thought a matching mug would be good, along with some tea and a recipe for Jello Cookies.

I will have it out in the mail tomorrow – I hope my swap partner likes it!

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  1. missbedora / May 26 2011

    I have no idea what a “mug rug” is (and I’m not on ravelry) but I’m guessing it’s like a coaster? Very cute; I like the fabrics you chose for the chevron!

    • Dani / May 26 2011

      Huh, good point. I should have explained it better. It’s a tiny place mat just big enough for a mug and your cookies, and they are a popular swap among quilters because you can try out new quilting skills on something small

  2. Mom / May 26 2011

    Cute idea! Hope she likes the Jello cookies LOL.

  3. Lynne / May 27 2011

    That is such a great swap idea! Love your mug rug!

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