Mug Rug Swap

I recently participated in the Quilting Gallery Autumn Mug Rug Swap:
My partner was from the East coast of the USA and has a great blog:

I decided to do one Halloween inspired rug and one harvest inspired rug here they are:

 I embroidered Dracula, printed a Halloween rhyme on printable fabric and used Halloween prints then a bright orange solid fabric for the border and binding. I free motion quilted a meandering pattern in a clear sulky thread.

For this one I paper pieced a pumpkin block from then I surrounded it in black and fall/harvest prints, the black binding and meandering free motion quilting using a Coats and Clarks multicolor variegated orange thread really finished it nicely - this was my favourite, I might make me a table runner with this pattern/color pallette.

I was cutting fabric up two weeks ago into usable charm square sizes for leaders and enders, so I decided to cut some for my swap buddy too:

A Christmas mini charm pack and a solid fall colors mini charm pack

So this is her bundle of goodies I hope she enjoys them it is my first swap of sewn items!

What did I learn doing this?

  1. I really need to try doing mitered corners on my next binding, I have never done it and am getting increasingly annoyed with my corners, they could use improvement! 
  2. Hand binding isn't all that bad! (I had avoided it entirely until last week) But I need practice LOL
  3. Small projects can be fun too, not everything has to be a quilt!


  1. I really like the multicolor variegated orange thread that you used on the pumpkin mug rug! mitered corners really aren't hard. There are several videos on YouTube that shows a couple different ways to do it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. as above the multi thread caught my eye too. Two great blocks and I am sure your swap partner will,be delighted and then a bonus of charm pieces too

  3. Very cute! Love the little rhyme.

  4. How'd I miss this one! I'm so glad you rejuvenated it at Tuesday Archives as I've yet to make a mug rug...thought of it...yours motivates to think about perhaps making some as Christmas gifts.


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