A Birthday Modern Mug Rug

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My sister, Paula, is celebrating her birthday this month and although I had already bought her a present, I decided to make her a little “mug rug” to enjoy as well.

Mug rugs are little mini quilts (usually between 6″ and 9″ in size) which can be used to rest one’s mug of coffee (or tea) on. Some people call these “snack mats” and, I suppose, you could also use them as a mini place-mat for a snack.

This mug rug was made using orange and turquoise scraps from my ever increasing scrap bin. I used a clean white background to set off the colors and quilted it with straight diagonal lines. The design is my own, but it is inspired by a couple of patterns in the Modern Quilting book by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. It measures 7″ X 7″ which is perfect for a mug.

The back is a large scrap of Kaffe Fassett fabric that I love. And of course, I could not resist stitching a tiny label.

This was a fun project that took me less than two hours to complete start to finish. Happy Birthday, Paula!!!

9 thoughts on “A Birthday Modern Mug Rug

  1. zibilee

    That is a lovely little mug rug, and though I have never seen one before, I am now anxious to find one for my own! Excellent job with this!

  2. Cathie

    This is so pretty. I may have to make a couple of these just for the fun. Your sister is going to love it.

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