Sewing, Swaps

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap. . .

August 28, 2011

About 2mos ago, I signed up for a Scrappy Mug Rug Swap on flickr. It’s a group for active flickr users that like to make mug rugs (a mug rug is a bit bigger than a coaster meant for a snack and a drink) and secret swap to each other.

Let me rewind a little here. . . just last week I was bitching about how I hate being in swaps. . .it’s really hard to make something for someone you hardly know. You upload pictures hoping they comment on it and like it. But sometimes they don’t and then you’re stuck sitting there wondering if you’ve made the right choice or not. And to add to the craziness. . I’m an only child – and I have this constant need to seek for approval. . . so I kind of stress out when it comes to secret swaps.

So I decided to work on my mug rug a little everyday and here’s the process:

Last Monday night, I started out this these little pastel japanese 2′ squares to which I thought weren’t “modern” enough for my partner and scrapped that idea quick!

Mug rug swap

Tuesday night, I thought, “Scrappy Mug Rug Swap”. . . I’ll go to my scrap bin and start pulling out bright fabrics for the mug rug and whatta ya know it had a “flower” theme to it. I added grey fabric to make the fabric pop more. I didn’t want to go with white. . . I think I’m done adding white to my projects for awhile.

Redo - Flower power!

Oh and the swap has a haiku theme. . and here’s my haiku:

haikus are easy
but sometimes they don’t make sense

Wednesday night, I had to add something to that middle grey line. . kind of boring without something. . . how bout a bee? Isn’t he cute??

Added Mr Bee!

Thursday night, it’s binding time. . again looked at my fabric stash and had left over binding from another prj so added it to the mix. I don’t bind a lot and it’s always a p.i.t.a (pain in the ass) – but in my crzy research, I think I finally found a good technique.


Friday night, finished up the binding and the mug rug and I really liked how it turned out:


Thinking to myself. . how the heck am I going to incorporate the dang haiku. . hmm. . . . how bout printing it out and adding to a coffee mug since I know my secret partner likes coffee too. . yeah that works!

Finished! Side#1

Here’s the other side of the mug:

Finshed! Side#2

There’s a bunch of other goodies. . . so I won’t ruin the surprise. Hope you like it partner!

Speaking of. . . I got my mug rug on Saturday. Yeah we were getting back from a grocery shopping and I noticed that our mailbox was open with a huge priority mail package sticking out. I thought to myself, “I haven’t ordered any fabric.” Did I? You know you have a problem if you forgot you bought it right? Looking at the from: the Intrepid Thread . . . seriously did I order fabric???? Then it hit me like a train. . IT’S MY MUG RUG!!!

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Julie spoiled the crap out of me (again another trait of a only child)!!! I saw her finished mug rug last Thursday and thought, “I hope this ones mine!!”

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I loved her haiku too!!!

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She send a ton of goodies my way:

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(9 fat quarters of the new Promenade by Stitch Studios and Taza By Dena Designs)

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And with that . . I remember why I love being in swap. . . .

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  • Reply Jewel August 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Amy! I am so glad you like your muggy and the other little stuffs! You weren’t a pain… as soon as I saw the viewmaster in your favorites I knew what I wanted to do. Enjoy!

  • Reply Teje August 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hi! Your mug rug is really beautiful and I love the bee! Also the one you got is wonderful! Enjoy your new fabrics!

  • Reply Jacqueline August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Sooooo cute! Both of them!! =)

  • Reply Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts August 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Amy, so love reading your posts. Can’t wait to meet you at the SS. You always make me laugh. Love your mug rug you made and the one you got. Sweet!

  • Reply Tabatha August 29, 2011 at 9:46 am

    You lucky pickle! I love the mug rug you made AND the one you received and NINE FAT QUARTERS? Holy Hannah! I wish I could join swaps but I haven’t enough time in my life to finish projects, let alone join a swap!

    p.s., I’ve never understood Haikus, there’s no rhythm to them.

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