Now that the holidays are over, I can post some pictures of mug rugs I made for Christmas gifts.
This first one is the first mug rug I made. It was for my sister-in-law, who loves tea. I found all three of these fabrics at Quilt Ventura when we were up in the Oxnard/Ventura area a few months back - I liked how they all coordinated, and the Blah fabric just made me laugh. I wasn't sure at first how to put them all together, then I came up with the idea to cut out a tea pot and cup from the backing fabric and applique them on. That was my first adventure in applique, so it's not perfect.
This next one is for my mother-in-law. There's a joke that runs in our family that she always mixes up languages. When we were in Spain about 12 years ago, she spoke French mixed with Spanish to several people, and it always made us laugh. So my original idea was to say "Un cafe" which is French, and "Por favor" which is spanish.
Let me take a break here and say something...I love my husband. He's my partner and my friend, and I value his opinion and ask for his input alot. However, I'm learning not to consult him on decisions related to my quilting projects. When I told him my idea of mixing the French and the Spanish, he said I should just go with all French. I followed his advice, always thinking that it would've been better if I'd mixed it up. Sure enough, when Betty opened her mug rug at Christmas, she said, "Oh, it would've been funny if you threw some Spanish in there, too!" Oh, and then someone on my Facebook pointed out that I spelled "si" wrong - it should've been "s'il" or something like that. Bummer.
In all honesty, I'm not thrilled with this one. I don't love the quilting, but I couldn't think of anything else to do. And now that I know about the misspelling...I'm kind of just over this one. I'll have to make her another one sometime to make up for it.
This last one is the one I made for my mom. Hands down - I love this one, and it was hard for me to give it away! Everything about it just fell into place - I love the colors, the hexagons pieced together easily (I used Lady Harvatine's YouTube tutorial for machine piecing hexies), the quilting went perfectly and the binding, too. At least I'll get to see it whenever I visit my family.
Is it sad that I want to visit a mug rug?