Today I woke up to 1/4 inch of glare ice everywhere, and the sound of spinning tires in the street out front. I cannot tell you how much I hate freezing rain! Sounds like an excellent day for soup in the slow cooker, football on TV, and sewing Mug Rugs.
Looking for a basic Mug Rug Tutorial? Check out my posting Make A Basic Mug Rug, a tutorial for two different styles. Or perhaps you want to make a Lady Bug Mug Rug or a Black Cat or a Jack-o-Lantern–try it out!
If the Mug Rug Bug has not hit you yet, look out! These oversized coasters are a ton of fun, and a great use of scraps. You can pack a lot of personality into one of these small quilts. There are several tutorials online. While sizes vary, I have settled on about 6×9 inches—plenty of room for Santa’s milk and cookies. Or a lovely bit of wine and fruit.
I love things that do not need a lot of instruction, or have rules. Pair a scrap of pretty fabric with a simple partner, and you have a great start. Make a mini block for another. Try rounded corners, ovals, strips, whatever appeals! This is a great use of batting scraps as well.
Perhaps the only rule I adhere to it is using enough quilting to keep the Mug Rug flat and sturdy. If you are new to free motion quilting, this just might be the perfect way to start! A friend suggested experimenting with thread painting for one, hmmm, now that sounds like fun too.
Life in QuiltBlogDom does slow down a bit over the holiday season, as we all try to churn through our massive ‘to-do’ lists. But there are still several very nice giveaways going on, and the Holiday Fab Shop Hop as well. Spend a little time, and you just might win yourself a bit of fabric for a nice new project in January. My Other Quilty Giveaways list is updated at least weekly, and if you know of another giveaway, please share! Along with the list, there is a link to add new giveaways in the right hand side bar.
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