I finished up my end of the Mug Rug swap on Ravelry. What is a mug rug, you may ask? It's a little quilt to set your mug on. The one I received the other day is sitting next to my keyboard - even Hubby has been trained to use it.
Why use a quilt as an oversized coaster? Why not? That is the beauty of practical arts. They are used, consumed, enjoyed. Mug rugs are the epitome of this. For while they are small to make, and faster to create than the traditional sized, or even, doll quilt, to sew one up is a multi-step process.
Mug rugs are a great vehicle to attempt and practice a new skill, and I really took advantage of the challenge to create something scrappy. I had never done anything with hexagons (and english paper piecing, more specifically), and thought it would be perfect time to go for the gusto.
These hexagons are 3/4 of an inch per side, so they are teeny! But don't they pack a punch all together? I used up my scraps, since I am still on a fabric-buying-hiatus, even for the binding.
A little closer of the quilting.
I do hope my partner likes it! I'm always a little nervous during swaps. I sent some tea and a mug along with it to soften the blow in case she decides she doesn't.
Thimble Blossoms has a tutorial on how to do a hexagon Quilt. It's a great little project to do while chatting on the phone, or in the car on a roadtrip. Try it if you haven't!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!