Friday, March 25, 2011

Mug Rug MADNESS!


Did you know that it's Mug Rug Madness week over on Erin's blog? She's pulled together a wonderful collection of posts about mug rugs (what the heck are they? how big should they be?) as well as giveaways and fun tutorials in case you're itching to jump on the bandwagon.

Which you should, because it's a fun bandwagon to be on. Case in point: check out the two mug rugs I made for our last Triangle Modern Quilt Guild meeting. We had a mug rug swap and here's what I contributed:

Mug Rug for TMQG Swap


First, a scrappy Parisville version using scraps from my ribbon quilt. I adapted Elizabeth's technique from her Map of the States block to draw up some templates for this one. The wonk is probably too subtle to get the full effect, though.

Here's the back:

Mug Rug for TMQG Swap (back)

For my next one, I used fabrics from Patty Young's Flora & Fauna collection. I love the colors and basic design of this one. Again, I made a scrappy binding which I think turned out great.

Mug Rug for TMQG Swap

Here's the back, featuring Patty's beautiful hummingbird design.

Mug Rug (back)

And here are all of the mug rugs that were swapped. I took home the amazingly crafted bunny one as well as the bright cross-design one right next to it.

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Have you made any mug rugs lately? I'd love to see them!

26 comments:

  1. I'm loving Mug Rug madness!! Just blogged about it Tuesday showing the Central Park one I made. I love these little gems!!!! (http://stitchingbystarlight.blogspot.com/2011/03/mug-rug-1.html)

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  2. I love both of these two. I really enjoy your posts. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Jessica

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  3. How do you machine sew on your bindings (which look great, by the way)? I do it the hard way, by sewing it on one side, flipping it to the back and hand sewing it down. It takes forever!

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  4. As soon as I finish my footstool pincushions (one for me and one for the girl) I want to go crazy on these. I'm seeing presents for everyone. Course the next thing I think was supposed to be the blockapalooza quilt!

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  5. I did make two, here's a link to them:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandtam/5320579015/in/set-72157625210755425/

    B

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  6. I love your mug rugs, the Patty Young one is FAB!! I made my first one recently and have lots of plans for more - have a look here: http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/real-life-and-mug-rugs.html

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  7. Thanks for sharing - I really need to make at least one!

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  8. They are fun aren't they?!:) I've started to make them with the scraps from whatever quilt I've just finished.
    There is one on my last blog post....along with a mini quilt made from scraps called.....
    Cat Butt!:) Go see why!:)

    Bwhahahaaa...the word verification is "catsy"!:)

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  9. Yes I have! They are so fast and fun to make. http://www.hookedonneedles.com/search/label/mug%20rugs

    Yours are fabulous!

    MGM

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  10. Lovely! I have been wanting to make some mug rugs and mug rug madness is definitely making me more excited to jump in!

    I have heard about a few MQG's doing mug rug swaps - sounds very fun! I was curious, how does it work for the actual swap? Are folks assigned a person like with an online swap or do you draw numbers or something and then choose which one to take home?

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  11. How have I never seen the F&F fabrics?! LOVELOVELOVE it!

    I made one mug rug, though it is a bit bigger, around 8x8, I think, and I used an idea from Fat Quarterly! I can't remember the exact name, I think it was the second issue, the bedtime stories quilt, with the Far Far Away!

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  12. I just made some as Valentines presents for my sisters. On the back I took a plain cream colored rectangle and signed it with a Sharpie to say Happy Valentines Day Love sis. Then I appliqued it on the rug. They loved them!

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  13. Mug rugs are my fav! When I want to quilt up something quickly and just for fun I often turn to mug rugs.

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  14. Mug rugs offer that start to finish quilt fix on a small and attainable scale, don't they?

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  15. I made a few:
    Here is my blog link (and links to the other ones)

    http://debaeremaeker.blogspot.com/2011/03/facebook-homemade-challenge-5.html

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  16. Loving mig rugs! Have a few more cut and ready to piece yet this weekend!
    Www.sewsanejan.blogspot.com

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  17. Okay, so I absolutely love your blog, and I've followed it for a substantial while now.

    This is completely off-post, but I have to say it. While watching the UK vs. NC game tonight, I couldn't help but think of ya, because being knee-deep in wildcat country, you're the only NC fan I know. I'd give you a big hug for tonight's loss, too.

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  18. Hi John, I thought I'd let you know that I've used some of the fabric I won in your giveaway of Art Gallery fabrics! Come see what I've made!


    http://kateyz.blogspot.com/2011/02/bloggers-pillow-party_28.html

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  19. oooo, I've been looking at the yellow/grey/white combo - I don't have ANY in my stash... yet!

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  20. I've never made a mug rug, but have three planned as wedding gifts so I'm going to get on them very soon. Thanks for all of the inspiring ideas! Can't wait to get started :)

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  21. Love these mug rugs. I've only recently been introduced and I'll be attempting to make 4 this week. I'm not sure of the sizes yet as I can see that it's not a set in stone thing. I get the feeling mug rugs have open possibilities for sizes, patterns, shapes and types. Hope I can find one to use this week!

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  22. John,

    Very nice, pictures of mug rugs...it is something our guild is going to do for a December exchange..your blog has given me ideas!

    Judy

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  23. You are amazing! nice rugs, <3 it!

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