It takes such a long time to make a regular size quilt, at least for me, so I decided take a break from big quilts and declared Saturday my first ever "Mug Rug Day" and it continued into Sunday afternoon.
Its just like making a regular quilt, but in miniature and a lot of fun! They are larger than a coaster,but smaller than a place mat. Just the right size to sit a cup and a cookie.
In these pictures you'll see a set of ASU coasters made for a Christmas 2011 stocking stuffer and several mug rugs with a spring and summer theme. All of them were made from scraps and left over quilt batting.
Also, all of these mug rugs were part of a learning experience for me. I have so many more designs in mind for future mug rugs.
Making the binding for a mug rug or other miniature quilt is different from a regular quilt binding. A basic double fold binding is too thick and aggravating to work with. A little research on the internet revealed that a single fold binding or simply making the backing big enough to fold over as a binding was better. I experimented with different bindings on several of these and decided that a single fold binding was the best option. I struggled quite a bit with the corners, but the last one I made finally worked out right. Not perfect, but getting there.
The small meandering quilting only took about 5 or 10 minutes per mug rug. Here are some close ups of the quilting.
Some of the backs of the mug rugs: