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Monday, September 12, 2011

October Mug Rug Swap

Fall is upon us (in spite of lingering 100+ days) and what better way to celebrate than with a mug rug swap! Mug rugs are just what the name implies - cute little "rugs" for your favorite hot fall beverage. The ideal size is around 8" square - it's big enough for an over-sized mug or a regular mug plus a sweet treat. Make the mug rug just as you would a mini quilt with binding or turn and finish the edges - just be sure to include batting to keep it hot-drink friendly. Rectangular shapes are okay, too! Just have fun with the design and make something you love. A project of this size is the perfect opportunity to try out a quilt block you've been dying to make.

How the swap works - make a mug rug and bring it to the October meeting (October 13). Everyone who brings a mug rug will participate in the swap and go home with an adorable handmade mug rug from another guild member. I encourage everyone to label their mug rugs so it can also be a nice keepsake from the guild. I've created a label that you can download and print on printable fabric to add to your mug rug. To find the label, go to the Meetup group page, click on More, and then click on Files. There are three different file types that you can experiment with. The PDF file will probably work the best for most people. Be sure and write your name on the label with a fabric pen (a fine Sharpie, pigment ink gel pen, or other pen made for marking on fabric).

Mug rugs have been extremely popular of late and there are many online resources for inspiration:

Mug Rug Swap on Flickr (lots of inspiring photos, this swap is NOT related to our guild swap)
What is Mug Rug?
Ziggity Mug Rug Tutorial
Scrappy Color Block Mug Rug Tutorial
Dresden Wedges Mug Rug Tutorial

Happy quilting,

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