I have a massive collection of mug rugs.
If you don’t know what a mug rug is, think of it as a cross between a coaster and a placemat. It’s a mini-quilt big enough for a mug and a cookie.
In 2014, my mother organized a YEAR-LONG monthly mug rug swap between six quilters. Each month, we each made enough mug rugs for everyone. Even with one quilter dropping out due to poor health, this meant I ended up with an enormous assortment of mini-mini-works of art.
Plus I have a few from other sources. So I display eight at a time on the walls of my studio, and usually have four or five scattered around the house for mug rug emergency situations.
I’m going to post pictures of every mug rug I own, one at a time, on Mondays. Many of them are themed in some way, and I’ll try to match them to appropriate times–a wedding cake in June, Boston Marathon in April, etc.
Personally, I used the swap as a monthly challenge to myself. I experimented on a small scale with new techniques in most cases. I admit to phoning it in once or twice. I think we all did. It’s hard work coming up with this stuff.
Please note that although I usually will NOT be identifying the individuals who made each mug rug, the worst ones are probably mine. I’m not being modest here. I usually made one for practice before making the other five each month, and if any of them were significantly crappier than the rest, I would keep it for myself and give the best ones away. So, for example, you’ll see a smudge of paint on the very first mug rug I feature. That was mine. It was, coincidentally, the very first mug rug I made for the challenge.
I hope you find a spark of inspiration somewhere among the many mug rugs! I know I did.
Have you ever made a mug rug?