Monday, March 28, 2011

A Mug Rug Weekend

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:


Rita said...

They are beautiful! You sure make your time worth while. What lovely mug rugs. Sure hope your week is as good as your weekend.

Karen Twombly said...

Those are sooo pretty!!! :)

Granny said...

They all look great. Love the combination of fabrics. Someone is going to be really happy with the ASU mug rugs.

Impera Magna said...

Debbie... the mug rugs are gorgeous! Wow... ya done good!

I have a serious mug rug addiction... I think it's the "quick finish" and "something pretty made from scraps" that causes it... *lol*

Hope to see more of these... very nice indeed!

Auntie M said...

Great way to spend a dreary weekend. At least, it was dreary up here. Love the variety of mug rugs. I even recognize some of the fabric!

It is snowing this morning - after 80 degrees last week!!. But, it is still March.

Have a wonderful week. I miss your
blogs over the weekends.

Little Penpen said...

The mug rugs are soooo cute and so colorful. these would make excellent gifts... the rug and a cute little mug filled with hershey kisses or something yummy!! :o)

Drucilla's Stitches said...

How pretty! I saw several blogs over the weekend with lots of mug rug making going I must try! Beautiful colors you chose!

ancient one said...

All of them are pretty! You do good work.

Denise said...

Looks like you had a fun productive day!

Unknown said...

I love the purple one! I can see my daughter using this as a doll rug and/or quilt as well. :)

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