Even art quilters turn out mug rugs for swaps. We had a good time trading our rugs at a recent meeting of a group I belong to. The deal was, you got to choose a rug for each rug you brought. In the interests of fairness the selection was done in rounds.
I took five and ended up with seven, thanks to over production by some members.
All kinds of techniques popped up – discharge, decorative machine stitching, painting, piecing, and raw edge applique. One person even brought a beaded rug.
Here’s one I’d like to have guard my morning cup of coffee.
Worried about coffee rings? These are pre-made.
This rug was cut from a larger painted fabric, and they all looked beautiful laid out.
Talk about the ability to cover up stains!
And for your dainty tea cup.
Much as I wish I spent every sewing studio moment in a froth of creativity, sometimes you have to clean up the details.
I sewed a hanging sleeve on a small quilt for an auction,
sewed down most of the applique on a group quilt block,
figured out what to use for a mug rug swap,
and completed the quilting on Bumblebee.
My reward is to draw a line through those items on my list. Tangible progress.