Sometimes it’s fun to step back from big projects and just work on something quick and little. So when the Inklingo yahoo group started a mug rug swap, I signed right up. What is a mug rug, you may ask? It’s brilliant. It’s a small quilted item, big enough for a hot beverage and a crumbly baked good, or generous piece of chocolate, or whatever other sweet treat you need to keep up your quilting energy. Quilters think of everything, don’t they?! Google “mug rug” for lots of fun inspiration, I’ve even seen some with cookie pockets! (And no, those are not real cookies in the above picture. I didn’t want to send a gift with crumbs on it!)
Here’s a close-up:
The rugs had to be within a certain size, and use Inklingo shapes. Mine uses shape collection 3, which is hands-down my favorite Inklingo collection. It uses one inch hexes, both half-hexagons, and the hexagon thirds. If you’d like to create your own, here’s a coloring sheet I made to test ideas. (Hint: if you don’t have Inklingo and prefer English paper piecing, you can print this sheet on cardstock and carefully cut out the shapes for your basting papers.)
And if you do make one, please send me a picture! Now I’m off to send this to my swap partner in Florida. I hope she likes it!