October 15, 2010

Mug Rugs


In September I joined an online Mug Rug swap. You may ask the same question I did, "What is a Mug Rug"? Well, it's like a quilted potholder... a special place to put your cup of tea with room for treats!


The Scrappy Mug Rug Swap was lots of fun! 125 crafters signed up and each had a different secret partner. We received a list of our partner's likes & dislikes from our swap mama and then we had to be sly & cunning to learn more about what our partner liked without letting them know!

Lots of design photos were posted, comments given, guesses and hopes as to which mug rug we would receive! Take a look at all the wonderful Mug Rugs in the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap flickr group.


My partner liked linen, pink and charcoal as well as teapots and teacups! From the comments on flickr, I learnt that she liked the first design in the softer pink colourway.


She also liked the checkered button from the second colourway and adored the backing fabric which is why I decided to make a matching napkin so she could actually see it!



It travelled all the way to Rose in Australia. Rose says, "I'll be thinking of you when I have a cup of 4 o'clock tea with my napkin while admiring my mug rug safely on the wall!"

Here is the second mug rug design in the other colourway. I was really happy how this one turned out too! I worked on it at the weekend quilting retreat but left the binding for home after finding a tiny piece of the stripey fabric in my scraps. I knew it would be perfect and that I had some in my stash!



I bought these lovely Spring fabrics at Quilted Treasures in Coquitlam. I used the pretty green on the right for the backing fabric.


And last but not least...

The absolutely fabulous Mug Rugs that I received from France! Yup, not only one mug rug, but TWO!!! And teacups! What could be more perfect :o) Thank you so much Sylvie! See how they match our mugs perfectly!



Sylvie's 5 year old daughter made a special lavender house sachet for Claire. She was thrilled to receive something from across the seas and enjoyed seeing the photo of Charlotte sewing the sachet. She loves the smell and takes it to bed with her! Thank you so much:o)

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

41 comments :

Ariane said...

The mug rugs you made are just gorgeous!!! I also love the ones you received!! Lucky girl!!!!

Poppyprint said...

I loved the mug rug you sent out and your second one is equally beautiful! I never did see the ones Sylvie made for you in the flickr pool - they are so cute! I'm still waiting for mine to arrive....maybe it got lost....

Poppyprint said...

Oh! forgot to say how sweet Claire looks! She really is a 1st grader now!

Kirie said...

Autumn is a mug rug time :D
As always beautiful colours and design!
Jo&cats

Laurence said...

Mug rugs are very beautiful. I like colours and design !

agnes said...

oh, so beautiful. I love these colors
greetings
agnes

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Those mug rugs are just beautiful! What a great gift:o)
Have a great and creative weekend,
Laila

zazálea said...

What a wonderful child...! :o)

Karin på Ösäter said...

Mug rug sounds like fun! Maybe I should try to start a swap like that here in Sweden.
Have great weekend// Karin på Ösäter

eva vercauteren said...

These rugs are just so amazingly pretty. The person who got yours is very lucky and I love the ones you've received as well. The idea and subject of the swap sounds so much fun to do!

Pepe said...

Wow! That's wonderfull! I like your style in linen and pink fabric! Will you put this project in a book or sompthing like that? Please....

Sylvie said...

I am so happy to hear that you like what Charlotte and I did for you.
It was a great swap!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

The mug rugs are adorable! What a good idea. I wasn't in this swap, but was in another one recently and it is so much fun.

MiniBinoy said...

wow!! i luv them...great idea!!

Deb said...

Que maravilla!!!!!!!!!!

Vicki W said...

What a clever swap idea and your mug rugs (sent and received) are all winners!

Getta said...

I wish I was your partner, this mug rugs are simply amazing ^^
your blog is one of my favourites, I love almost every single thing you sew!
hugs from Italy
Giulia

Tatkis said...

What a great and interesting swap! All the mug rugs are wonderful!!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Nelli said...

Beauty!

Phyllis said...

I love the mug rug you made and the whole idea of it. I'm sorry I missed this.

Helena said...

it's wonderful!!!!!!

What Comes Next? said...

I love those pictures of Claire!
Your mug rugs - both made and received are just so fabulous!. That striped fabric on your second one is perfect. Oh to have your sense of stryle and design!
Hugs,
J

Sew Useful Designs said...

Look at Clare's gorgeous little face - she exudes happiness!!! :-)

I think the mug rug is a fantastic idea... I think I'll be making a special one for Santa this year!!! Beautiful projects Laurraine - both given and received! I adore your choice in fabrics, the charcoal and pink are so beautiful with the natural linen.


Hugs sweetie! Vikki :-) x

Vacskamati said...

So lovely! So stylish! :D

Бирюзинка said...

Hello from Odessa, Ukraine. Your works are amasing and very stilysh. Super!

cinzia62 said...

bellissime le tue tazze ..come tutti i toi progetti..ciao cinzia da bologna italy

A Time for Stitching said...

I absolutely love, love, love your rug mugs! Your designs are so neat and pretty. If I ever entered a swap I'd love to be your partner!!
Teresa x

Catswhiskers said...

Gorgeous work. Really pretty
I enjoyed my visit to your blog and admiring your work.
Gina

jacqueline said...

Such a wonderful swap!! I am loving your mug rug creations! So inspiring. Love to you!

Sarah Haddox said...

Do you make the rugs up as you go or do you follow any type of pattern? I would love to make some of these!

PatchworkPottery said...

Thank you! I enlarge my sketches and use them as the pattern template. I will be making these into pattern booklets eventually :o)

Abigail Thomas said...

these mug rugs are brilliant

Conny's Cottage said...

very lovly.

Conny

A.S.K.-P. said...

EVERY one of these is AMAZING & BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE them all! Think I might just have to try my hand at one of these.

Fallon said...

So much cute stuff!

Silvana said...

What a lovely mugs you design! You will sell this patterns!
Please let me know because I will buy it!
Thanks
Silvana (Brazil)

Sewhappy said...

I simply love your mug rug, I wish I was getting that. Your fabric selection was perfect.

Sewhappy said...

I simply love your mug rug, I wish I was getting that. Your fabric selection was perfect.

mlynki w kuchni said...

Very funny! Amazeing, collorfull blog!I'll be watching your art!

photo mugs said...

Amazing work.good colorful blog.so cute stuff.

Ela said...

C'est trop trop mignon !!!!