Last week Laura over at, Quokka Quilts started a Mug Rug Around The World Swap. Actually, we don’t swap rugs, just pictures of them. She thought it would be fun to make a rug representing our country. I had to agree, if you haven’t been to her site go check it out and see some of the rugs already swapped.
Since I have a scrap postage stamp patch collection growing, I thought it would be fun to make a mug rug using those patches. After all the United States is made up of a mixture. Geographically we have mountains and ocean beaches, deserts, and swamps, hills and valleys. Our people, too, are eclectic Native Americans, and most other nationalities are represented in our people. Then of course, there are those of you who can’t tell you exactly what our heritage, we don’t know because we are so blended. 🙂 A rug of small varied patches seemed the perfect representation for us.
I used red,white, and blue, in the backing, binding and stitching for our colors.The back of the quilt is a red and white plaid (sorry, forgot to take a picture of the back), and it’s bound in blue, with a decorative stitch in white to finish.
Once the rug was finished I decided it needed a matching hug to cover the tea mug. I’d seen the idea in a magazine, although I think they called it a cup cover. Ugh, mug hug is so much more fun to say. Gathering a few more postage stamp patches I made a hug. It’s a little shorter around than intended, however, it works. Next time I’ll make it bigger.
If you sew, why not make yourself one of these handy mug rugs? If you don’t sew, convince someone who does that you need one. When you have one, head on over to Laura’s and post a link to it. I’m headed out right now, but this evening, or tomorrow, I’ll be posting the winner of my Halloween mug rug and hug.