Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mug Rug!

So what is a Mug Rug you are asking. Well its really just a small cloth rug bigger than a coaster
so that there is room on it for your mug of tea/coffee and biscuits/cake.
I have joined a swap group for making these and the November swap was either for a holiday themed or a general theme. You could choose how you wanted yours made but had to go with your partners choice. After having sent off our details of likes and dislikes we were given our partners names and sent off to stalk their flickr pages and/or blog for inspiration. (This was to be a secret swap we knew our partner but not who was making ours.)

My partner said she would like a christmas theme, not fussy on the shape or whether it be traditional or modern. I found out from info supplied and her flickr page that she liked to spend a typical christmas, her home was mostly decorated pink/green and very much liked gifts that had been handmade. I decided on the design drew up a pattern and off I went. Here is a sneek peek of the front under construction.

Sneek peek of the back under construction using a pink and green fabric and showing the wadding attached.

The finished front. A Christmas theme looking out of your window at the snow outside. All stitched by hand.

The finished back. Quilted mostly by hand except for the two trees and the boot.

Here it is all finished and ready to be sent off to my partner along with a couple of extra goodies.
A hand crafted felt mug (a replica of one of hers posted on flickr) and a hand made piece of cake hiding under the servette cos I set a little teaser question on the swap page asking if my partner preferred lemon meringue pie, cheesecake or strawberry flan. Of the 64 replies I got ,
23 said lemon meringue, 3 strawberry, 30 cheesecake, 6 piggies said could they have all 3 and 2 said could they have chocolate!!! My partner was in one of the responses but which one? You will have to wait and see as I was in such a hurry to get off in the post I forgot to take a photo minus the servette! Der. Hope my partner will take a pic for me.
I am going to enter this mug rug into the following challenges.
Anything Goes: say Let it snow
Top tip Tuesday: Asking for piecing and layer upon layer.
The Creative CottAge: Asking for Someone special at Xmas. (My swap partner!!)
Creative Inspirations: Asking for anything christmassy/winter.
Pile it On : Asking what winter means to us.
One Stitch at a Time: Choose a season or event.
Lots to Do: Share your technique ( Hand applique)
Secret Crafter: Show your Handmade Christmas gifts.
Craft Your days Away: Asking for Christmas trees. ( well there are 3 on here.)


Fiona said...

beautiful...too pretty to sit a mug on it...you are so clever Mrs A....I think I am going to ask Santa for a new sewing machine!!


lindyloo said...

wow what a super piece you clever girl you thanks for joining us at the creative cottage huggies lindyloo x

sue said...

far too beautiful to cover with a mug or a plate thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

Ann said...

Oh its gorgeous Valery - don't know which side I like best - really lovely! What a clever stitcher you are.

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Fabulous gift

Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Debbie said...

Totally adorable Mrs A. You are truly a wonderful crafter, I just love this and would sit my mug and cake on it at the drop of a hat!
PERFECT in every way Mary! Poppin's that is!)

Terry Oulboub said...

Mrs. A., I get such a kick reading your posts as you always have something interesting and delightful to share. I know Fluff must have enjoyed that delicious chocolate cake - yum! I love the sewing - it is absolutely gorgeous. I have never heard of a mug rug and seeing this one, I know your partner will be thrilled to death as it is ultra cool!

Margreet said...

Oh Mrs. A., what a masterpiece...this must cost you so much time...I envy the receiver of this beautiful present!....*claps*....
xxx Margreet

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

OH these are just fantastic & all the work thats gone into them....
Thank you for sharing with us at OSAAT this week, good luck!
Hugs shell xx

Jo said...

I was that lucky partner that received all of the goodies, and you cannot see all the details on the photos, but they are to die for. I have posted photos on the Scrappy Mug Swap group on flickr, so go look at the LEMON MERINGUE PIE which was the pie I would choose to eat Yummy!!!

crafty creations said...

Wow what an amazing coaster and beautiful gift I'm sure Jo was delighted with it

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge x Hilda

Sherry Edwards said...

This is so special and fabulous - your swap partner will surely adore it - and the extras!!

Shelly said...

Hello! Oh this is so original and such a wonderful idea! I love the design and the fact it has two different sides! It's just gorgeous! I'm such your partner will be over the moon! Hugs Shelly x

Rainmac said...

Oh wow, wow, wow, Mrs A this is stunning, so much detail. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Days Away with our Christmas Trees challenge, good luck xxx

Vintage Milly said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! amazing handiwork and stunningly beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Creative Inspirations,

Cheryl said...

oh wow how stunning are these gosh really admire people who can make such beautiful things like these just amazing,bless you for playing at creative inspirations this week,too hugs cheryl xxxx

ona_i_ja said...

Wow, this is amazing!!
Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck.

Whimcees said...


This is so beautiful - your handwork is awesome! I love the design - what a wonderful gift! Outstanding!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Barbara Diane

Zoechaos said...

WOW wonderful work am in awe of your beautiful needle work. Thank you for sharing with us at Lots to do xx Zoe

Faye said...

Wow, it looks even better now you've finished it. Your scene is spot on. I'd never put a mug on it! Erm, I'll have cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, flan AND choklit! xxx

Katie said...

Great winter project!
Thanks for Piling It On this week

Basement gal said...

Wow I'm blown away, fabulous project. Thanks for entering the challenge at creative inspirations.

photo mugs said...

WOW! amazing handiwork and stunningly beautiful!