I have had this idea for a mug rug in my head for awhile now and this morning I got it out onto fabric. Does it look familiar? Grey background ... orange and blue squares .... no? OK, maybe it's just me. I should have done the background fabric a plain grey instead, maybe, to make it a more literal interpretation.
(If you don't get it, it's the Sewing Summit logo that inspired this layout/color scheme. I feel like I've been staring at that logo multiple times daily for the past 7 months.)
I had been having a hard time lately with bindings on some of my smaller items and so for this mug rug I tried a new-to-me technique found here at VeryKerryBerry. It worked awesome! It was weird to cut binding strips at a scant 1.25 inches, but it worked great! Although handsewing the 2 binding pieces together to join them made me realize that I really need a refresher course on handsewing and needles. My needle felt like it was too fat for the job I was doing, but I have no idea what the different #'s for needles mean.
I have had mug rugs on the brain a lot lately and am getting ready to do a series on them - Mug Rug Week! A lot of people get to my site through searches asking "what is a mug rug" and "size of mug rug" and "how to make a mug rug" which is funny - because all it is is a little mini quilt, right? But I figured we could cover some basics and have some tutorials to get you inspired to make a mug rug and even the chance to win one!
Speaking of winning, there's still a few more days to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win these pretty fabrics. I've had the best time reading through all your comments, getting to know you a little bit better, and hearing what you like to see on a blog. Thanks for leaving such fun comments! Oh, you should try to make sure that you're not a "no-reply blogger" (aka someone that doesn't have an email addressed associated with their profile) because I try to respond personally to every comment left and I can't do that if I can't email you! If you need more info on if you're a "no-reply blogger" then read this excellent post that Jodi wrote. She explains it well!