Monday, March 7, 2011

Mug Rug Madness - 11 days of tips & tutorials

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I just LOVE Mug Rugs. Sure ... they are nothing more than a simple little quilt in an adorable teensy size, but sometimes you just need a small and easy project to get finished quickly, ya know? Plus, I've found that they make great gifts - because who can't use a little extra potholder / cup holder / snack mat / Diet Coke rest on their desk or nightstand?

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(photo credit: sonjaartisania on Flickr)


I have about 8 mug rugs in various places around my house and find myself using them all the time. In fact, Mason has now been bugging me to make one for him with PLANETS AND SPACESHIPS MOM. I guess I'd better get on that, asap. :]

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap
(photo credit: Stash Resolution on Flickr)


I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit more about the awesome Mug Rug - what it is exactly, what size they usually are, and give some new fun ideas on how to make them. If you quilt, or even know how to sew a little bit, you might not learn anything new, but hopefully you might get inspired to make a Mug Rug (or ten!) of your own.

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(photo credit: ellesquare on Flickr)


March 21st - 31st is going to be Mug Rug Madness on my blog! 11 days of all Mug Rugs - all the time. :] I have rounded up 11 of my awesome sewist friends to put together brand new original tutorials for you and I will have instructional posts - informative posts - and links on the who, what, when, where and why of Mug Rugs. And it wouldn't be MADNESS without a giveaway or two (or eleven!), right?

Holiday Mug Rug
(photo credit: Mary1602 on Flickr)


I hope you'll join in on the fun! There's a new little blog button over on my sidebar if you'd like to grab that to help spread the word! :]

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(photo credit: JenNewby71 on Flickr)

50 comments:

  1. I am in! Sounds like tons of fun to me and I only have 1 MR so I really need more.

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  2. i'm in i'm in i'm in...i'm ready to push my boundaries and make some awesome mug rugs *swoon*

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  3. I am looking forward too. I somehow have the feeling, that one get addicted to those small mug rugs ...;-)). Don't you think?

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  4. what a lovely idea! thanks for including my argyle mug rug in your post!

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  5. This is great. I can't wait to join in and start making some of these. You are right - I need to engage in some smaller scale projects that are quicker to finish but can allow me to push myself creatively and with my quilting. Thanks for always being an inspiration for doing *great things*!

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  6. Very fun! I'm definitely planning to make (at least!) one for a friend during the madness.

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  7. Sob! I only have 1 mug rug (and it came from YOU, thank you very much!) The pictured ones are so bright and cheery, but the argyle one made me laugh out loud..so cute! I'm thinking a set of 4 for upcoming birthdays?

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  8. I have no mug rugs! And I'm constantly drinking coffee, water...whatever. I really should join in the fun!

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  9. Are these tutorials that your totally un-crafty friend [me] could figure out how to do?

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  10. Very cool. I love the one by Mary the best that you showed.

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  11. oooh fun!
    and why haven't i made one yet?
    i totally need to ... my nightstand is totally ruined already with water rings but i suppose it will cover that nastiness!

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  12. Great! I'm just starting out and mug rugs seem a great way to learn the tecniques without making huge quilts! :o) I've posted your button on my blog.

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  13. WOW! I'm in. This sounds like fun. I love those little mug rugs but didn't realize how much I needed them until now. Looking forward to it!

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  14. I love mug rugs. Love love love them. Looking forward to your 10 days of tips and tutes.

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  15. Sounds like fun and I love your mugrugs. I've become a follower so I can keep up with the fun.

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  16. I've gifted my only mug rug so I need one....or two....maybe even three. Bring it on!

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  17. I just found your blog and I'm really looking forward to Mug Rug Madness!!!

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  18. Wow, I have only made one mug rug and feel like i am jorly missing out on something here! Mary1602's white one is stunningly beautiful, I want one of my very own! Looking forward to MR Madness; I am going to go grab the button and post about it now.

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  19. I seem to have caught the Mug Rug Bug too, so count me in!

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  20. -I gave all mine away for Christmas and now I need to make one for my craft room!
    Love Mary's!!!

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  21. Yay! I am excited about this - I have been wanting to make one (or ten)for a while now!

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  22. Too cute! I've been wanting to make mug rugs, after making a stack of potholders last year. I think you just inspired me!

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  23. Thank you and thank you. I am in a swap and feeling the pressure. I think following along will really help:)


    Ann Flowers
    flowerscrazyq@gmail(dot)com

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  24. I was recently in a mug rug swap! Great fun and I received a beautiful mug rug. I made 1 for practice and made another to send to my swap partner. So fun to make, use and best of all receive!
    Deb

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  25. Looking forward to 10 days of fun and inspiration!! Nothing like getting tips from the pros.

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  26. I sew want to make some of these. I need one right now for the diet coke I am drinking!!!!

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  27. I am looking forward to this. I just got a sewing machine and I am new to sewing. This might just make a good starter project?

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  28. Sounds great! I'm in! I *heart* mug rugs!

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  29. I'm looking forward to checking this out. I've not made any mug rugs yet and sometimes wonder if I am the ONLY one that hasn't. LOL

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  30. Mug rugs have been on my to do list and this might be the kick in the mug I need to get moving on it.

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  31. I'm going to join in. It'll be fun.

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  32. I'm in more and more. It was a project because I gave mine to my children. I'd be happy not to work alone. I'm excited by this project.

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  33. this is AWESOME!!!!! YAY!!!!!! new follower here!!!! thanks!

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  34. I have yet to make a mug rug but really,really want to! Sounds like fun.

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  35. This sounds like great fun... I love making mug rugs!!!

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  36. Cool! I've never heard of mug rugs, but they're my new favourite thing - thanks for showing and sharing. Jen x

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  37. Please may i join in, only made one mug rug so far but there fun :)

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  38. Anyone can join in! :] Make sure you join the Flickr group too so that if you make a Mug Rug you can share your pictures with everyone!!

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  39. I'd love to join in too. I've just had my kitchen renovated so need some nice new rug mugs!

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  40. So happy I foud this!! I love to quilt and sew, and love small fast projects, too. Looking forward to joining the fun :)

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  41. you are on my blog...ready for you...
    and I love mug rugs too...

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  42. I was just about to start one for a friend but I think I will wait - am really excited!

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  43. If you would like, please let your readers know about my blog, where I have Mug Rug Mondays - a new free mug rug pattern posted every Monday...

    www.quilting-tutorials.blogspot.com

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  44. I'd love to get the mug rugs patterns
    if possible. I didn't see where I could go to get them.
    Thanks in advance for your reply.
    Evita

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  45. I'm in if I can find you. How do I get the posts? I love the mug rugs.
    Nancy in IN

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  46. I'm sad that I only found your site now. I would have loved to have joined in. I do a lot of rug-hooking, and I have been making little rugs that are perfect for mugs. Will you do this again next year?

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