Sunday, December 11, 2011

Swaps are fun!

Christmas Scrappy Mug Rug - from Dawn (guiltyquilter) to me

This wonderful mug rug was made for me by Dawn, who is guiltquilter on Flickr, for the Christmas Scrappy Mug Rug Swap. There is no way a mug will ever get near it - it is going on the wall in a place of honour.

And for the photography types, that picture made it to Explore on Flickr.

Christmas Scrappy Mug Rug - from Dawn (guiltyquilter) to me

Look at those embroidered reindeer, even Rudolf with a red beaded nose - they are beyond cute.

Christmas Scrappy Mug Rug - from Dawn (guiltyquilter) to me

The trees are decorated too, with carefully placed beads.

Christmas Scrappy Mug Rug - from Dawn (guiltyquilter) to me

And here is the whole package, Dawn really spoiled me - she was a great partner to draw.

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap - sneak peak

This is the close up of a corner of the mug rug I sent Dawn. This swap was not secret, instead we were assigned partners. As a result, the pictures we posted as we went were only sneak peaks.

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap - sneak peak

This is another sneak peak. You can see the fmq star I made. I think you might see those stars again on another project soon.

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap - for Dawn, guiltyquilter

And here is the entire mug rug. I paper pieced the tree using this a free pattern from Forest Quilting. I  thank Karen from Laughter in Quilts for the inspiration. She used the tree in her wonderful table runner (do click that link and take a look, it is wonderful) for the Modern Christmas Table Runner Swap and pointed out the source of this lovely pattern.

When I made this mug rug, my plan was to just make the tree. But as I looked at it, I realized that it was unlikely anyone would put a mug on it. So I added the 1" patchwork squares which make a big enough surface for my large size mugs.  This fabric is 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain and was the left over scraps from the Wonky Christmas Stars Quilt I started last year.

By the way, this photograph also made it to Flickr's Explore - pretty cool.

I am working on the hand quilting on the Wonky Stars Christmas Quilt and will soon show it off, but hand quilting is slow and my fingers hurt.

Come back tomorrow, as I will have a couple of give aways for the Sew Mama Sew give away week.